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  Caesalpinia pulcherrima L. SW.
 
Scientific Name  Caesalpinia pulcherrima L. SW.
Family Name  Fabaceae
Common Name  Mexican Bird of Paradise, Tabachin
Photo link  http://www.swsbm.com/Images/C/Caesalpinia_pulcherrima.jpg
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).
Other Uses  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).
Phytochemistry  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.
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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