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  Cecropia obtusifolia Bertol.
 
Scientific Name  Cecropia obtusifolia Bertol.
Family Name  Cecropiaceae
Common Name  Chancarro
Photo link  http://www.ringneckdove.com/Wilmer's%20WebPage/hawaii/cecropia.jpg
Studies on Diabetes  A study of 12 plants commonly used in Mexico for diabetes show Cecropia had a stronger effect on the area under a glucose tolerance curve in rabbits (18.9%) than Tolbutamide (14.3%) and Tecoma (17.5%), but less than Psacalium (27.9) and Opuntia (21.4) (Roman-Ramos et al 1991).
Other Uses  Antiinflammatory, analgesic, muscle relaxant, sedative (PĂ©rez-Guerrero et al 2001).
Formulations used by  Informants  Commercially prepared hot infusion (Diabetil).
Phytochemistry  Ambain, arachidic acid, behenic acid, cecropin, cerotic acid, chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, leucocanidin, lignoceric acid, polysaccharides, proanthocyanidins, steraric acid, ursolinic acid (Taylor 2003).
Potential Adverse  Effects  May cause uterine contractions, lower blood pressure and stimulate cardiac activity (Taylor 2003).
Potential Medication  Interactions  Diabetic medications, possibly cardiovascular medications possibly hypertensive medications (Taylor 2003).
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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