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I am writing a piece on the uses of the Prickly Pear Cactus in regard to its medicinal qualities. As a poultice, reduction of cholestoral, regulation of insulin and other uses. Most interestingly I have heard that it used as an insect reppellent (in Africa) and more recently in the U.S. Can anybody assist me in regard particularly to the "first aid" qualities and insect repellancy.



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Dear Jonas,

Possibly useful:
http://oac3.hsc.uth.tmc.edu/pub_affairs/mm/cactus.html
http://www.cimarronfrontiers.com/E-Sept.html
http://www.healthweek.com/features/cactus.html
http://www.arizonacactus.com/medicine.htm

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach



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