Also known as fever bush, stomach bush (Eng.); maagbitterwortel, kalwerbossie, gryshout, horehound, maagbossie (Afr.); hloenya, mohasetse (South Sotho); inyongana (Swazi, Xhosa); isihlabamakhondlwane, umuna (Zulu)
Composition of Koorsbossie
The conservation status of Dicoma anomala is Not Threatened (Threatened Species Program, SANBI). However, the plant is widely utilized by people, who should be informed against over-utilization.
Traditionally the plant has been used in the treatment of a wide-variety of human and plant ailments. Interestingly enough a compound (identified as dehydrobrachylaenolide) in this plant has recently gained interest in the pharmaceutical industry as it has been found to bear anti-plasmodial properties that act against the malaria microbe.
Health benefits of Koorsbossie
With Afrikaans names such as koorsbossie (translated as fever bush) and maagbossie (stomach bush), it is not surprising that Dicoma anomala is used medicinally.
The root decoctions are used as a purgative for intestinal worms, colic, diarrhoea, dysentery, toothache, as an ingredient for sterilization medication and for haemorrhoids.
History of Koorsbossie
Southern Africa is an important focal point of botanical and cultural diversity but only a few plant species have hitherto become fully commercialised as medicinal products. In recent years there has been an upsurge in research and development activity, resulting in several new products and new crops.