The Medicinal Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

We wish you peace and health!


Scientific Names


  • Cocculus palmatus L.

Common Names

  • American colombo
  • Calumbo
  • Colomba
  • Colomba root
  • Foreign colombo
  • Kalumb

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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and


Colombo is a climbing perennial plant; the thick, brown rootstock sends up 1 or 2 round and hairy stems which are simple in the male plant and branched in the female. The leaves are alternate, cordate, and 3-9 lobed.
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Where Found

Found in the forests of southeastern Africa .
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Medicinal Properties

Antiemetic, febrifuge, tonic
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Colombo used to relieve vomiting, and nausea, especially during pregnancy. Useful for fevers, chronic diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, rheumatism, pulmonary consumption, and colon problems. A bitter tonic, it improves appetite, and helpful for dyspepsia.
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Formulas or Dosages

Keep the rootstock in slices until ready to use, then pulverize it.

Infusion: use 1 level tsp. rootstock with 1 cup boiling water; steep for 30 minutes and strain. Take 1 tsp., 3 to 6 times a day.

Tincture: take 5-10 drops at a time.
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Buy It! American Folk Medicine, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

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