Latin name: Picralima nitida
Also know as: Akuamma
The dried seeds from the Picralima nitida tree, commonly known as Akuamma, are used in traditional medicine throughout West Africa, particularly in Ghana as well as in the Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
In traditional African medicine, Picralima nitida seeds are used for the treatment of malaria and diarrhoea. It is used as a painkiller and for its antipyretic, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Akuammine is the most abundant active alkaloid found in the seeds from the tree Picralima nitida. It is an opiate, but its action is principally on the kappa opioid receptor, as such it helps by relieving pain, comparable to Kratom.