Gingerbush (Pavonia spinifex).Plant Part Used: Leaf, root. Dominican Medicinal Uses: The leaf and root are traditionally prepared as a tea by decoction and administered orally for disorders of the kidney, gallbladder or liver, blood in the urine, hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, uterine fibroids, tumors, cysts and menopausal hot flashes. Safety: Insufficient information identified. Contraindications: Unknown; insufficient information identified in the available literature. Drug Interactions: Unknown; insufficient information identified in the available literature. Laboratory & Preclinical Data: The chloroform extract of the plant has shown antibacterial activity in vitro. * See entry for Cadillo de gato in “Part 3: Dominican Medicinal Plant Profiles” of this book for more information, including references.