Raintree's Calaguala (pronounced "kallawalla") extract combined two species of rainforest ferns (Polypodium leucotomos and Polypodium decumanum). Natural health practitioners in the United States are using calaguala for psoriasis, coughs, bronchitis, chest colds, flu, and disorders of the respiratory tract, skin, and immune systems - much as it has been used in indigenous herbal medicine systems for years.* To learn more about these wonderful rainforest plants, go to theTropical Plant Database file on Calaguala / Samambaia.
Traditional Uses:* for psoriasis and other skin conditions; for Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and memory problems; for coughs, bronchitis, chest colds, and other upper respiratory problems; for autoimmune disorders; as a general tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions); a cellular-protector, and as an anti-aging aid.
Suggested Use: Take 2-3 mls twice daily or as recommended by a health professional.
Contraindications: Reports indicate that these plants may enhance the effects of the heart drug digitalis (a medication commonly used to increase the force of heart contractions in those diagnosed with certain heart conditions). It is therefore contraindicated in combination with digitalis, and persons with any heart condition should seek the advice of a qualified health practitioner prior to using this product.
Drug Interactions: May potentiate the effects of digitalis and/or other digitalis-type prescription heart drugs.
Calaguala Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: infusion or capsules
Main Actions (in order): immunomodulator (selectively modulates overactive immune cells), antipsoriatic, neuroprotective (protects brain cells), cough suppressant, anti-inflammatory
1. for psoriasis and other skin conditions
2. for Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and memory problems
3. for coughs, bronchitis, chest colds, and other upper respiratory problems
4. for autoimmune disorders
5. as a general tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions), a cellular-protector, and anti-aging aid
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: anticancerous, cough suppressant, aperient (mild laxative), blood cleanser, cough suppressant, detoxifier, diaphoretic (promotes sweating), expectorant, febrifuge (reduces fever), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions)
Cautions: Do not use in combination with digitalis and some heart drugs.
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