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For more complete information on this rainforest plant, please see the Database File for Amor seco in the Tropical Plant Database. More information can also be found on Leslie Taylor's Blog on Amor Seco. To see photographs of amor seco click here.
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 instructions on preparing herbs, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Main Preparation Method: infusion or capsules
Main Actions (in order):
anti-asthmatic, antispasmodic, bronchodilator, muscle relaxer, cellular protector
Main Uses in Herbal Medicine:
1. for asthma and allergies
2. for respiratory problems (bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], emphysema, excessive phlegm/mucous)
3. as a general antispasmodic, muscle relaxant, and pain-reliever for colic, stomach and bowel cramping, arthritis, muscle/joint aches, pain, injuries and spasms, menstrual paina and cramping
4. as a liver protector and tonic for liver disorders, fatty liver, and liver pain
5. as a cellular protector and adjunctive therapy used with chemotherapy
Properties/Actions Documented by Research:
analgesic (pain-reliever), anti-anaphylactic (stops allergic reactions), anti-asthmatic, anticonvulsant, antihemorrhagic (reduces bleeding), antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antipsychotic, antispasmodic, antivenom, bronchodilator, cardioprotective (protects heart), hepatoprotective (protects liver), immunomodulatory, muscle relaxant, neuroprotective (protect brain cells), potassium maxi-K inhibitor
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:
antidiuretic, blood cleanser, central nervous system (CNS) tonic (tones, balances, strengthens), contraceptive, cough suppressant, digestive stimulant, lactogogue (promotes milk flow), laxative, nervine (balancing/calming nerves), vermifuge (expels worms), wound healer
Cautions: Do not take in high doses.