Tuesday, July 3, 2007

VIAVIA (Crinum asiaticum)

This plant is commonly known in Fiji as viavia. There are many species of viavia, however this species is commonly found near the seaside or seashores of the many islands in Fiji.

It is interesting to also see the uses of this plant in other Pacific islands. For instance, in New Guinea, the hair-like threads of the stem are put on cuts to stop bleeding, leaves applied to body swellings and roots is given to aid childbirth. In Micronesia, the leaves are heated and applied to relieve back-pains and treat permanent retraction of the testes.

In the olden days, this plant is used in the treatment of wounds, swelling, bleeding, injury, childbirth. The leaves is used to heal wounds.

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