Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Herbs: Iporuru


scientific name: Alchornea floribunda other common names: Iporuro, niando, iporoni

growing areas: The floodplains of the Amazon in Peru physical description: Iporuru is an evergreen shrub. traditional uses: Among indigenous Amazonian tribes, the genus is used to treat rheumatism and arthritis. Its perceived anti-inflammatory properties have made iporuru popular in North America as a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism, according to author Leslie Taylor. It is also a plant cultivated in Africa, where it is reported to be used for gonorrhea and coughs.

James Duke reported that the macerated root has been used as a strong intoxicant and aphrodisiac. availability and dosage: Available as a leaf powder. Dosages vary. Herbalists recommend taking one half cup of a leaf infusion one to three times a day.

contraindications: None noted. special precautions: Consult your physician before beginning any use of an ethnobotanical substance for medicinal purposes.

medical research: A study found that an extract of the bark of a related species appeared to act as an antispasmodic and an antibacterial agent and is thus useful in combating diarrhea.

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