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Espinheira santa contains a group of well known plant chemicals called maytansinoids including two important chemicals named maytansine and maytanprine. These plant chemicals have been studied since the early 1970's and are now developed into several chemotherapy drugs.* For more information about espinheira santa (Maytenus ilicifolia), please refer to the Database File for Espinheira Santa in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of this plant, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for cancer (melanoma, carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, lymphoma, leukemia); for stomach disorders (ulcers, acid reflux, gastritis, dyspepsia, indigestion, and to tone, balance, and strengthen the gastric tract); as a menstrual stimulant and for estrogen hormonal balancing during menopause; for adrenal exhaustion and to support adrenal function; for detoxification (skin, blood, kidney, stomach, adrenals)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 ½ to 1 cup dosages, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.