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Chemical screening has revealed that cipó cabeludo contains coumarin, sesquiterpenes, flavonols, saponins, and kaurenoic acid chemicals. These kaurenoic acid chemicals have been documented with various biological activities.* For more information cipó cabeludo and it's active chemicals, please refer to the Database File for Cipó Cabeludo in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of cipó cabeludo, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for prostatitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), and prostate pain; for urinary tract disorders (infections, cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, kidney stones); as a pain reliever for neuralgia, arthritis, and general muscle pain; as a decongestant to remove excessive mucous in the bowel, urinary tract, and lungs; for leukemia
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 1/2 cup amounts, twice daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: While not substantiated scientifically, it is possible that cipó cabeludo may demonstrate a blood thinning effect due to its coumarin content. Consult your doctor before using this plant if you are taking coumadin drugs (or if coumadin anticoagulant-type drugs are contraindicated for your condition).
Drug Interactions: Might enhance the action of anticoagulant drugs.