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Huacapu bark contains triterpenes, xanthones, lipids, tannins, and acids. The main bioactive chemical in the bark is a lipid called minquartynoic acid. This plant chemical has been the subject of research and various scientists have reported that it is cytotoxic to a large diverse line of cancer cells including human lung cancer cell lines, ovarian, colon, and neuroblastoma cancer cell lines.* Another research group reported it passed the initial screening test for antitumor activity as well as demonstrated actions against the malaria and leishmania parasites.* A research group reported in 2000 that minquartynoic acid demonstrated effective antiviral actions against the HIV virus at as little as 2.2 mcg/ml which might explain why the tree bark has been so popularly used for other viruses like hepatitis and herpes.*
For more information about huacapu (Minquartia guianensis), please refer to the Database File for Huacapu in the Tropical Plant Database. More information can also be found in the new Antimicrobial Guide. To see photographs of huacapu click here. More information on huacapu can also be found the in the new Anti-Cancerous Guide
Traditional Uses:* for viral infections (herpes, hepatitis, etc.); for cancer; for intestinal parasites and worms; as a pain-reliever for rheumatism, arthritis and other muscular pains; as an antiseptic wound healer
Suggested Use: This plant is best prepared as a decoction. Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently boil in a covered pot for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and settle for 10 minutes and strain warm liquid into a cup (leaving the settled powder in the bottom of the pan). It is traditionally taken in 1/2 cup dosages twice daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal decoctions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.Contraindications: None reported. Large dosages are reported to have a laxative or purgative effect.