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Macela has been the subject of western research and many of its long-time uses in herbal medicine have been validated by scientists.* In animal studies with mice and rats, macela demonstrated pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and smooth-muscle (gastrointestinal) relaxant properties internally without toxicity, in addition to anti-inflammatory and pain-relief actions externally.* This plant has two Latin names (Achyrocline satureoides and Egletes viscosa), however both names refer to the same plant. For more information about macela (Achyrocline satureoides), please refer to the Database File for Macela in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of macela, click here.
Traditional Uses:* applied externally for pain and inflammation; for respiratory problems (asthma, bronchitis, flu, and upper respiratory bacterial and viral infections); for arteriosclerosis; for viral infections (hepatitis, HIV, herpes, etc.); for gallbladder and liver disordersSuggested 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 herbal infusions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.