(infusio STACHYTARPHETA CAYENNENSIS)
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Gervao has many applications; it is effective against gastric and liver problems, colds, flu, asthma; as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.
It is used as a stomach tonic, to stimulate the function of the gastrointestinal tract, for dyspepsia, for fevers and to promote perspiration.
Alkaloids, tannins, 6-hydroxyluteolol-7-glucuronide, Apigenol-7-glucuronide, Alpha-Spinasterol, Butyric Acid, Chlorogenic-acid, Dopamine, Dotriacontanen, Friedelin, Hentriacontane, Hispidulin, Ipol-amide, Luteolol-7-glucuronide, Nonacosanen, Pentriacontane, Scutellarein, Spinasterol, Stachytarphine, Stigmasterol, Tarphetalin, Tetratriancontane, Triacontanen, Tritriacontane, Ursolic Acid
Alcoholic and n-butanolic extracts of dried leaves of Stachytarpheta cayennensis were assessed in anti-inflammatory- and antinociceptive models.
The results indicate that S. cayennensis shows anti-inflammatory properties which seems to be due, at least partly, to the inhibition of bradykinin (causes blood vessels to enlarge) and histamine (produced as part of a local immune response to cause inflammation). The extracts also exhibited antinociceptive activity measured by the hot-plate test both i.p. and p.o. in doses ranging from 100 to 300 mg/kg.
Parts of Stachytarpheta cayennensis were tested for their effects on gastric secretion, gastric motility, inflammation and pain in rodents, with the purpose of validating the plant's ethno-medical uses.
The results confirmed folk information indicating presence of analgesic, mild laxative and potent inhibition of gastric secretion activities in extracts of S. cayennensis.
The leaf extract possesses significant antiplasmodial activity which confirms itís use in folkloric medicine in the treatment of malaria. It has considerable mean survival time, comparable to that of the standard drug Chloroquine.
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Tincture: 1 - 2 ml. daily (1 - 3 full dropper).
Infusion (herbal tea): 0.5 - 1 cup daily.
Those with low blood pressure or on antihypertensive medications should consult their doctor before using this.
Do not use during pregnancy
Anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive activities of extracts and isolated compounds from Stachytarpheta cayennensis.
Schapoval, E.E. et al.
J. Ethnopharmacol. 1998; 60(1): 53-9
Pharmacological and chemical evaluation of Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (Verbenaceae)
Melita Rodriguez, S. et al.
Rev. Biol. Trop. 1996 Aug; 44(2A): 353-9.
Screening of medicinal plants from Trinidad and Tobago for antimicrobial and insecticidal properties.
Chariandy, C.M., et al.
J. Ethnopharmacol. 1999 Mar; 64(3): 265-70.
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It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage.
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