|PLANTAIN LEAF TINCTURE|
(tinctura Musa paradisiaca)
from AMAZON HERBS®
Plantain leaf is a large, long-oval, tapering, purple-clad bud. As it opens, it is seen that the slim, nectar-rich, tubular, toothed, white flowers are clustered in whorled double rows along the floral stalk, each cluster covered by a thick, waxy, hood-like bract. It is purple outside and deep-red within.
The purple/red protecting leaves (bracts) of the bud are traditionally used against heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia).
All parts of the banana plant have medicinal applications. Other therapeutic uses are against diarrhea, dysentery, migraine, hypertension, asthma and jaundice.
It is effective against gastritis, peptic ulcers, diarrhea, dysentery, cold, and cough.
Tannins, eugenol, tyramine, Serotonin, levarterenol, leucocyanidin (flavonoid) and dopamine are available in the ripe fruit and peel. Other chemical constituents are alkaloids, steroidal lactones, and iron.
The possible activity of Musa paradisiaca L. (Musaceae) against the toxicity of snake venoms was studied. Musa paradisiaca, an important source of food in the world, has also been reported to be popularly used as anti-venom. Interaction of Musa paradisiaca extract (MsE) with snake venom proteins has been examined in this study.
Phospholipase A2 (PLA2), myotoxic and hemorrhagic activities, including lethality in mice, induced by crotalidae venoms were significantly inhibited when different amounts of MsE were mixed with these venoms before assays.
On the other hand, mice that received MsE and venoms without previous mixture or by separated routes were not protected against venom toxicity. Partial chemical characterization of MsE showed the presence of polyphenols and tannins and they are known to non-specifically inactivate proteins. It is suggested that these compounds can be responsible for the in vitro inhibition of the toxic effects of snake venoms.
In conclusion, according to the results, using mice as experimental model, MsE does not show protection against the toxic effects of snake venoms in vivo, but if was very effective when the experiments were done in vitro.
Tincture: 1 - 3 ml (1 - 3 full droppers daily)
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It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage.
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