A flowering plant that grows in tropical Africa and also of the Apocynaceae family. Thus best used to make medicine.
Despite serious safety concerns, people take strophanthus for “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), heart problems, and high blood pressure.
Strophanthus has been used medicinally as a cardiac stimulant and in the treatment of peptic ulcer and snakebites. The extract possesses antimicrobial, wound healing , antioxidant, analgesic, and anticarcinogenic properties. The plant contains toxic alkaloids and cardiac glycosides.
Seeds of Strophanthus gratus are very toxic and have been used extensively in the preparation of arrow poison throughout its distribution area. The seeds are mostly ground with the sticky plant juice and the arrow tip is dipped into the mixture.