Robinia; Uses, Dosage, Site Effects, Interactions

Robinia; Uses, Dosage, Site Effects, Interactions

Robinia is a nonindigenous species currently invading the central part of Japanese grasslands. Several allelochemicals were identified and characterized from the leaf tissue. The growth of both radicle and hypocotyl in the tested species (barnyard grass, white clover, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage) was reduced when grown in soil mixed with the leaves of R. pseudo-acacia at various concentrations. Aqueous leaf extracts, when bioassayed, exhibited a significant suppression of radicle growth. Chromatographic separation of an ethanolic extract of R. pseudo-acacia leaves resulted in the isolation of three compounds, identified as robinetin (1), myricetin (2), and quercetin (3) by nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy. All inhibited root and shoot growth of lettuce. Robinetin, found in a large amount, caused 50% suppression of the root and shoot growth of lettuce at 100 ppm. The presence of these bioactive substances in leaf tissue suggests a potential role for flavonoids in R. pseudo-acacia invasion in introduced habitats.

Robinia pseudoacacia, commonly known in its native territory as black locust, is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to the southeastern United States, but it has been widely planted and naturalized elsewhere in temperate North America, Europe, Southern Africa, and Asia and is considered an invasive species in some areas. Another common name is false acacia, a literal translation of the specific name (pseudo meaning fake or false and acacia referring to the genus of plants with the same name.

Uses / Indications of Robinia

  • Acidity
  • Dyspepsia
  • Flatulence
  • A headache
  • Gastric
  • Hyperchlorhydria
  • Indigestion, nocturnal
  • Neuralgia
  • Pyrosis
  • Stomach, affections of Urticaria.
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Aromatic
  • Cancer
  • Cholagogue
  • Diuretic
  • Emetic
  • Laxative,
  • Narcotic, Purgative, Tonic
  • In traditional medicine of India different parts of Robinia pseudoacacia are used as laxative, antispasmodic, and diuretic.
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Dosage of Robinia

  • Adults: 4 drops into a tsp. of water 3 times a day.
  • Children: 1/2 dose. Repeat at greater intervals as condition subsides. Or as directed byalic. practitioner.

References

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