Aspilia is a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family. Historically, Aspilia africana has been used in Mbaise and most Igbo speaking parts of Nigeria to prevent conception suggesting potential contraceptive and anti-fertility properties. Leaf extract and fractions of A. africana effectively arrested bleeding from fresh wounds, inhibited microbial growth of known wound contaminants and accelerated wound healing process. Aspilia is thought to be used as herbal medicine by some chimpanzees.
- Oluyemi Kayode A.; Okwuonu Uche C.; Baxter D. Grillo & Oyesola Tolulope, O.,"Toxic Effects of Methanolic Extract of Aspilia africana Leaf on the Estrous Cycle and Uterine Tissues of Wistar Rats" Int. J. Morphol., 25(3):609-614, 2007.
- BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 7 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/7/24
- Raffaele Paul "Among the Great Apes",Harper, 2010 p98
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