Flowers of Kumarhou tree - Pomaderris Elliptica (Rhamnaceae)

Medicinal Use of Kumarhou – Pomaderris Elliptica (Rhamnaceae)


Branching tree growing to about 10 ft (3 m). Has shiny leaves and clusters of yellow-white flowers.

Habitat & Cultivation

Kumarhou is native to New Zealand.

Parts Used

Aerial parts.

Medicinal Actions & Uses

Kumarhou is a traditional Maori remedy that has been used to treat a wide range of illnesses. Its most common use is as a remedy for problems of the respiratory tract, such as asthma and bronchitis. However, it has also been used in the treatment of indigestion and heartburn, diabetes, and kidney problems. Kumarhou is considered to be a detoxifier and “blood cleansing” plant, and is used to treat skin rashes and sores, including lesions produced by skin cancer.