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30 May 2016, 16:14
Does anyone have any personal experience with this? I have it, but never knew exactly what it was. Someone brought me a leaf from the Virgin Islands in 1979 and I've kept re-starting new plants from leaves over the years and FINALLY decided to research it. http://www.medicinalherbs-4u.com/leaf-of-life.html

31 May 2016, 07:51
If you look at the history of medicine many medicines are the result of researchers testing native "cures" and finding the ingredients are the basis for modern medicines.
Aspirin came from the use by native Americans of a certain bark,chewed to relieve pain.

From this site,it seems its use goes back even further than that. (http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/features/a-history-of-aspirin/20066661.article)

31 May 2016, 08:40
I know, it's pretty cool! I'm looking for anyone who has hands on experience with this exact plant, since I have it.

31 May 2016, 09:10
From searching,all I come across is herb recommendations,but no real research as to if it can do what they say it can.

If you trust the herb sellers,then that is all you have to really go on. (http://www.jaherbs.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67:leaf-of-life&catid=25:....)

Thal might have some better references.

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Looking at the site,they do seem to quote some scientific study..but as always grain of salt.

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The author is writing a book,and she also includes "Ganja" as a medicinal herb(Yes,THAT Ganja,known also as WEED)

31 May 2016, 09:11
Thanks - I already did the online thing, just trying to find anyone else who actually has this plant.

31 May 2016, 09:18
That site seems the closest to any scientific fact on the plant. Might search herbal sites,they might have some stories from users.

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Though this is a wiki,it does contain warnings about toxicity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryophyllum_pinnatum)

31 May 2016, 10:35
I haven't used it. And I probably wouldn't due to the toxicity factor of that family in general (unless I had specific information from a trusted source about that species specifically, and a 100% positive ID).