Ajos Sacha Powder|
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Ajos sacha is quite well known and popular in the cities and towns in the Amazon and has a long history of use in herbal medicine systems in Peru and Brazil. It is considered analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antirheumatic and widely used for arthritis, rheumatism, body aches and pain, and muscle aches, injuries and pain.*
To see pictures of ajos sacha, click here. For more detailed information about ajos sacha, please see the Plant Database File for Ajos Sacha in the Tropical Plant Database. More information can also be found in the new Antimicrobial Guide.
Traditional Uses:* for arthritis and rheumatism; for coughs, colds, flu, pneumonia and upper respiratory conditions; as a general pain-reliever (headaches, muscles, joints, body aches); for fevers (malaria, flu, etc.); for general inflammation (external and internal)
For more information about ajos sacha (Mansoa alliacea), please refer to the Database File for Ajos sacha in the Tropical Plant Database.
Suggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instrutions on preparing herbs see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: None reported.
Drug Interactions: None reported.
Third-Party Published Research*
All available third-party research on ajos sacha can be found at PubMed.
A partial listing of the published research on ajos sacha is shown below:
Ajos sacha has been reported with antimicrobial actions against fungi, plant viruses, and bacteria.* Researchers reported in two separate studies that ajos sacha was active in vitro against the fungal strains: Alternaria, Fusarium, Microsporum, and Trichophyton.* In other laboratory tests the plant was shown to be effective against several plant viruses.*
Rana, B. K., et al. "Antifungal activity of an aqueous extract of leaves of garlic creeper (Adenocaymma alliaceum Miers.)." Pharmaceutical Biol. 1999; 37(1):. 13-16.
Singh, U. P., et al. "A rapid method for detecting fungi-toxic substances." World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 1996; 12(3): 301-302.
Khurana, S., et al. "Effect of plant extracts on the activity of three papaya viruses." J. Gen. Appl. Microbiol. 1970; 16: 225-230.
Ushamalini, C., et al. "Management of charcoal rot of cowpea using biocontrol agents and plant products." Indian Phytopathol. 1997; 50(4): 504-507.
Ushamalini, C., et al. "Suppression of charcoal rot and wilt pathogens of cowpea by botanicals." Plant Disease Research 1997; 12(2): 113-117.
Canapaty, S., et al. "Composition of leaf oil from Adenocalymma alliaceum and its antimicrobial activity." Indian Perfumer 2004; 48(3): 323-329.
Rao, A. M., et al. "Antimicrobial activity of the leaf extract of Adenocalymma alliaceum." Indian Drugs. 1985: 22(7): 364-365.
Dunstan, C. A., et al. "Evaluation of some Samoan and Peruvian medicinal plants by prostaglandin biosynthesis and rat ear oedema assays." J. Ethnopharmacol. 1997; 57: 35-56.
Scogin, R. "Anthocyanins of the Bignoniaceae." Biochem. Syst. Ecol. 1980; 273-276.
Desmarchelier, C., et al. "Total reactive antioxidant potential (TRAP) and total antioxidant reactivity (TAR) of medicinal plants used in Southwest Amazona (Bolivia and Peru)." Int. J. Pharmacog. 1997; 35(4): 288-296.
Yeh, Y. Y., et al. "Cholesterol-lowering effect of garlic extracts and organosulfur compounds: human and animal studies." J. Nutr. 2001 Mar; 131(3s): 989S-993S.
Srinivasan, M. R., et al., "Hypocholesterolemic efficacy of garlic-smelling flower Adenocalymma alliaceum Miers. in experimental rats." Indian J. Exp. Biol. 1995; 33(1): 64-66.
Das Gracas, B., et al. "Volatile sulfides of the Amazonian garlic bush." J. Agr. Food Chem. 1984; 32(5): 1009-1010.
Rao, L. J. M., et al. "Chemical composition of the volatile oil from garlic creeper (Adenocalymma alliaceum)." J. Med. Aromat. Plant Sci. 1999; 21(4): 987-989.
Apparao, M., et al. "Diallyl, Di-, Tri- and Tetrasulphide from Adenocalymma alliaceae." Phytochemistry. 1978; 17: 1660-1661.
Zoghbi, M. G. B., et al. "Volatile constituents from Adenococalymma alliaceum Miers. and Petiveria alliacea L., Two medicinal herbs of the Amazon." Flavour and Fragrance Journal 2002; 17(2): 133-135.
Apparao, M., et al. "Aliin in the garlicky taxon Adenocalymma alliaceum (Bignoniaceae)." Phytochemistry. 1981; 20: 822-823.
Itokawa, H., et al. "Cytotoxic naphthoquinones from Mansoa alliacea." Phytochemistry. 1992; 31(3): 1061-1062.
Sharma, R. K.. "Phytosterols: Wide-spectrum antibacterial agents." Bioorg. Chem. 1993; 21(1): 49-60.
Apparao, M., et al. "Chemical components of Adenocalymma alliaceae." Indian J. Pharm. Sci. 1978; 40: 224A.
9. Rao, M. A., et al. "Flavonoids of the flowers of Adenocalymma alliaceum." Curr. Sci. 1980; 49: 468-469.
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