Many biologically active compounds have been discovered in anamu, including flavonoids, triterpenes, steroids, and sulfur compounds. Anamu contains a specific sulfur compound named dibenzyl trisulfide. In a University plant-screening program anamu was one of 34 plants identified with active properties against cancer. The researchers reported that dibenzyl trisulfide was one of two of the active compounds in anamu with anticancerous actions.* Anamu also contains the phytochemicals astilbin, benzaldehyde, and coumarin, all three of which have been documented with anticancerous and antimicrobial actions as well.*
Suggested Use: This herb is best prepared as an infusion. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of herb powder per cup of boiling water. Add herb to water and let steep ten minutes. Traditionally taken in one cup doses, twice daily.
Contraindications: Methanol extracts of anamu were reported to cause uterine contractions in animal studies, therefore, it is contraindicated in pregnancy.
Drug Interactions: None published. Due to anamu's natural coumarin content, however, it is conceivable that it might potentiate the effects of coumadin (Warfarin®).
Other Observations: 1. Anamu contains a low concentration of coumarin, which has a blood thinning effect. People with blood disorders, such as hemophilia, should be monitored closely for this possible effect.
2. This plant has been shown to have hypoglycemic effects in mice. People with hypoglycemia should be monitored more closely for this possible effect.
Anamu Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: capsules or infusion Main Actions (in order): anticancerous, antiviral, anticandidal, antibacterial, immune stimulant
for cancer and leukemia
for immune disorders (to stimulate immune function and immune cell production)
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: anti-anxiety, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic (promotes sweating), diuretic, febrifuge (reduces fever), insecticide, menstrual stimulant, sedative, vermifuge (expels worms)
Cautions: It has abortive and hypoglycemic effects.
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