|ABUTA TEA & TINCTURE|
(infusio & tinctura Cissampelos pareira L.)
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Overview and Applications
Abuta, also called Patha or Laghupatha, is a woody vine (liana) indigenous to the Amazon rainforest; all parts of this plant are applied in traditional medicine.
In South America it is referred to as "midwife's herb" since it is used to treat a variety of women's complaints during pregnancy and childbirth.
Traditional use is against reproductive tract conditions such as an emmenagogue (menstrual flow stimulant) and antispasmodic (relieving menstrual cramps).
Also used as an herbal dietary supplement to prevent abortion; it prevents miscarriage; relieves heavy menstrual bleeding, and stops uterine hemorrhages (bleeding) after childbirth.
Other uses include: maintaining hormonal balance, increasing urine flow (diuretic) and to loosen phlegm (expectorant).
Chalcone flavone (cissampeloflavone), non phenolic alkaloids (tropoloisoquinoline, isoimerubrine Pareirubrines A and B), skeleton alkaloids, (grandirubrine and isoimerubrine, hayatinin methochloride.
Roots contain protoberberine alkaloids (hayatidin and hayatin). Phenolic alkaloids (subsessiline, an oxoaporphine, and telitoxine, azafluoranthene) and one non-phenolic (isoimerubrine, a tropoloisoquinoline).
The enhanced GSH (glutathione) level and enzyme activities involved in xenobiotic metabolism and maintaining antioxidant status of cells, are suggestive of a chemopreventive efficacy of Cissampelos pareira (Abuta) against chemotoxicity, including carcinogenicity.
The use of C. pareira is almost limited to the cure of discharges from the urino-genital mucous membrane.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) such as Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, leucorrhoea (thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge), and chronic inflammation of the bladder, are treated with it.
Ethanolic extracts of Cissampelos pareira (Abuta) roots have been examined in various acute and chronic ulcers.
A flavonoid Quercetin, isolated from C. pareira, showed significant antiulcer properties against gastric ulcers. In chronic ulcers, C. pareira significantly reduced the ulcer index with decreased perforations after 5- and 10-day treatment. Abuta also greatly enhanced the defense factors while significantly reducing naturally the ulcer index.
C. pareira treated liver samples, showed the ability of Abuta to prevent hepatocellular necrosis (form of liver cell injury which results in the premature death of cells in living liver tissue).
The anti-hepato-toxic properties of Abuta should provide useful information in the possible application in hepatotoxicity (implies chemical-driven liver damage). Studies give scientific evidences to support the traditional uses of this plant as claimed in folklore medicine.
Tincture: 1 – 3 ml daily
Infusion (herbal tea): 1 - 3 cups per day
Abuta may potentiate prescription heart medication.
It relaxes the uterus and is contraindicated in pregnancy; pregnant women should use Abuta only under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
National survey of herbal preparation use by nurse-midwives for labor stimulation. Review of the literature and recommendations for practice.
McFarlin BL, Gibson MH, O'Rear J, Harman P.
West Virginia University School of Medicine, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Morgantown 26506, USA.
Acute toxicity and histo-pathological studies of liver of ethanolic extract of roots of cissampelos pareira in animals model.
Journal of Drug Discovery and Therapeutics 2 (13) 2014, pp 13-19.
Vinay Kumar Verma1; Dr. Zeashan Hussain2; Raziuddin Khan.
The above presentation is for informational and educational purposes only.
It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage.
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