Griffonia simplicifolia is a medicinal plant native to tropical Africa. Considered a shrub of the Caesalpiniaceae family, it flourishes in the wild throughout Central and West Africa. The plant may be expected in grassy savannas, scrub thickets, and disturbed areas of secondary growth. While every part of the plant is used in traditional healing systems of the region, Western use has focused on the high content of a serotonin precursor and management of sickle cell anemia..
Some examples of traditional use include: Healing of infected skin lesions (topical leaf and bark decoction) Purgative for constipation (oral stem and leaf decoction) Reduce eye inflammation (topical drops from leaf sap) Aphrodisiac (chewing of stem)