Dodder is an invasive parasite that feeds off other plants; It can be painful for farmers destructive for the environment. There are 100 to 170 species ranging in color from yellow, orange to red.rarely green, but I have seen some in Anguilla. Scientific name -Cuscuta
Would you believe that Dodder is also an important herb.with medical benefits.
Dodder can be found throughout the world in tropical and subtropical parts of the world. Apparently only 4 species can be found in Northern Europe.
Folk names-strangle tare, devil’s hair, devil’s shoe lace, lady’s laces, hair weed, fire weed, dutta, devil’s guts, love vine. Strangle weed, angel hair, witch’s hair, pull-down, hellbine, gold tread, hail weed, wizard’s net, beggarweed, afteemoon, aftimoun, aftimum, field dodder, Japanese dodder, Chinese dodder dutta, and in Anguilla -yellow dad. One day after the srpraying
According to WebMD this parasite vine has medical benefits, Is there adequate scientific proof? That is always a question of concern, if so, controlling can be positive for medical purposes and eradication at the same time; there should be no problem in growing the vine in controlled conditions.
Once again I cannot for the life of me understand why we spend so much time and money researching expensive cures instead of exploiting the use of plants and herbs the good Lord has provided.
Dodder seeds have been used in China and other Asian countries to strengthen the liver and kidneys.
There have been over 20 scientific studies conducted between 1990 and 2019.
Species of dodder can be found in the Caribbean, North America, Africa, Asia, Central and South America and Oceania.
Liquid glyphosate and Diquat formultions have been used as herbicides to control dodder; notably in California where they are experiencing an invasion of Japanese dodder. The paresite is reported to be found in the USA, for the first time around 1940, and may have been brought in deliberately fot medicinal purpses.
It is somewhat of a mystery why Clorox was not mentioned as a method of control.
Whey is the liuid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It is a byproduct of the mnufacture of cheese or casein and has several commercial uses..-Wjkipedia
Dodder seeds have been used in China and other Asian countries to strenghthen the liver and kidneys.
Psychiatric sand hepatic disorders
Cancer- contains chemicals that act like antioxidants to slow the growth of cancer cells.
Dodder & Whey for Eczema (atopic demertitis)
The only mention that was made by the old folks about dodder was pertaining to pregnancy; we must not dismiss the old folks and listen to what they have to teach us.
The only side effects listed in the research, was a warning for pregnant and breast feeding women not to use dodder, need I say no more.
The other was the risk of diarrhea and upset stomach if you consume too heavy a dose.
This was one of the most exciting researches I have ever conducted; for more information Google Dodder on WebMD or britannica.com
Here is a plant that is a blessing and a curse; lets reap the blessing for global medicinal purposes; focus our energy on research for medical use at affordable prices.
When I am not preparing these posts, I am carving wood.