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Remo Caspi Powder
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Remo Caspi bark has a long history of use among the Indians and local people in the Amazon.* In Brazilian herbal medicine systems, remo caspi is considered a carminative (expels intestinal gas) and a digestive aid.* It is also used for bronchitis, inflammation, fevers, diabetes, cancer, and malaria.* For more information about remo caspi (Aspidosperma excelsum), please refer to the Database File for Remo Caspi in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of remo caspi, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for malaria; as a cough suppressant for bronchitis and other respiratory conditions; for digestive difficulties, bloating and gas; as an aphrodisiac; for high blood pressure
Suggested Use:* This plant is best prepared as a decoction. Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently boil in a covered pot for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and settle for 10 minutes and strain warm liquid into a cup (leaving the settled powder in the bottom of the pan). It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages 2-3 times daily. This decoction is also traditionally applied to the skin.
For more complete instrutions on preparing herbal decoctions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: None known.
Drug Interactions: None known.
Third-Party Published Research on Remo Caspi
Mitaine-Offer, A. C., et al. "Antiplasmodial activity of Aspidosperma indole alkaloids." Phytomedicine. 2002 Mar; 9(2): 142-5.
Deutsch, H., et al. "Isolation and biological activity of aspidospermine and quebrachine from an Aspidosperma tree source." J. Pharma. Biomed. Anal. 1994; 12: 1283-1287.
Steele, J., et al. "Two novel assays for the detection of haemin-binding properties of antimalarials evaluated with compounds isolated from medicinal plants." J. Antimicro. Chemo. 2002; 50: 25-31.
Kernohan, A. F., et al. "An oral yohimbine/L-arginine combination (NMI 861) for the
treatment of male erectile dysfunction: a pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and
interaction study with intravenous nitroglycerine in healthy male subjects." Br. J. Clin. Pharmacol. 2005; 59(1): 85-93.
Sharabi, F. M., et al. "Comparative effects of sildenafil, phentolamine, yohimbine and L-arginine on the rabbit corpus cavernosum." Fundam. Clin. Pharmacol. 2004 Apr; 18(2): 187-94.
Verpoorte, R., et al. Screening of antimicrobial activity of some plants belonging to the
Apocynaceae and Loganiaceae." J. Ethnopharmacol. 1983; 8(3): 287-302.
Verpoorte, R., et al. Medicinal plants of Surinam. III. Antimicrobially active alkaloids from Aspidosperma excelsum." Planta Med. 1983; 48(4): 283-289.
Desmarcheilier, C., et al. "Studies on the cytotoxicity, antimicrobial and DNA-binding activities of plants used by the Ese'Ejas." J. Ethnopharmacol. 1996; 50(2): 91-96.
Desmarcheilier, C., et al. "Total Reactive Antioxidant Potential (TRAP) and Total
Antioxidant Reactivity (TAR) of medicinal plants used in Southwest Amazonia (Bolivia and
Peru)." Pharmaceutical Biology 1997 Oct; 35(4): 288-296.
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