ARGIMONE MEXICANA (ARGIMONE OIL)

ARGIMONE MEXICANA

All parts of the plant, particularly the seeds, are poisonous.

Active principles – Berberine, protopine, sangunarine.

ARGIMONE MEXICANA Principal signs and symptoms – Consumption of edible oil contaminated or adulterated with argimone oil causes circulatory collapse, abortion, epidemic dropsy and general neuropathy.

Treatment – Use of the suspected edible oil should be stopped. Symptomatic treatment ; nursing care and physiotherapy are given in dropsy cases. Recovery may be full within some months.

Medicolegal aspects – Usually accidental poisoning through consumption of edible oil adulterated with argimone oil.