Ayapana is used in the Amazon for headaches, colds and flu, mouth sores and ulcers, hypertension, and to relieve nausea and vomiting.* Ayapana is also a good herbal remedy for stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis. It's documented actions to protect the stomach and bowel from forming ulcers, to stop bleeding, and to help heal ulcers and reduce inflammation makes it a first-line remedy for ulcerative colitis and other bowel conditions like Crohn's and IBS. To learn more about this wonderful rainforest plant, go to theTropical Plant Database file on Ayapana and more information can be found in Leslie Taylor's Blog on Ayapana . To see pictures of ayapana, 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, twice daily.
For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: Ayapana leaves contain naturally occurring coumarins. Coumarin has an anti-coagulant and blood thinning effect and is a precursor to coumadin drugs. Consult with your physician before taking this plant if you are taking coumadin drugs or if coumadin anticoagulant type drugs are contraindicated for your condition.
Drug Interactions: Ayapana may enhance or increase the effect of blood-thinning medications.
Ayapana Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: infusion or liquid extract
Main Actions (in order): See definitions of these terms here stomachic, antiulcerous, pectoral, vulnerary, anti-infammatory, hepatoprotective
1. as a stomachic for digestive problems (nausea, vomiting, stomachaches)
2. for coughs, sore throat, colds, flu, strep throat and bronchitis.
3. for stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, IBS, and Crohn's
4. for cuts, scrapes, wounds and to stop bleeding
5. for liver problems and conditions
Cautions: Contains natural coumarins which may thin the blood.
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