||Caesalpinia pulcherrima L. SW.
||Mexican Bird of Paradise, Tabachin
|Studies on Diabetes
||In streptozotocin diabetic and normal rats, both ethanol and aqueous extracts of C. boducella exhibited hypoglycemic effects, though the aqueous extract effect was longer acting. The aqueous extract also showed antihypercholesterolemic and antitriglyceridemic effects (Sharma et. al. 1997).
||Folk uses include treating fever and as an anitinflammatory; indigenous use in South America to induce abortion. Has antioxidant and antitumor potential (Kay 1996, NMCD; http://www.naturaldatabase.com/monograph.asp?mono_id=425&brand_id=, accessed 4/04.
|Formulations used by Informants
||Commercially prepared hot infusion (13 Flores).
||Tannins, diterpenes, coumarins and flavonoids. Toxins include hyrocyanic acid, pheliandrine, and shikimic acid (Kay 1996).
|Potential Adverse Effects
||Nausea , vomiting. and profuse diarrhea from pods and seeds (Schmutz 1986). Folk use as an abortifacient suggests precaution in pregnancy.
|Potential Medication Interactions
||No clinical medication interactions were found.