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  Croton eluteria (L.) SW.
 
Scientific Name  Croton eluteria (L.) SW.
Family Name  Euphorbiaceae
Common Name  C. Casscarilla, Copalkin
Photo link  http://www.blueherongraphics.net/images.new/shrubs.vines/pages/Croton.htm
Studies on Diabetes  A study of a diterpene isolated from the bark of Croton cajucara Benth. In alloxan-induced diabetic rats showed significant hypoglycemic activity almost comparable to glibenclamide, without hypoglycemic activity in normal rats (Farias et al 1997). A second study of this same isolate showed reduction in blood glucose levels and triglycerides in streptozotocin rats (Silva et al 2001).
Other Uses  Folk uses include digestive disorders, diarrhea and vomiting (NMCD; http://www.naturaldatabase.com/monograph.asp?mono_id=181&brand_id=, accessed 4/17/04).
Formulations used by  Informants  Hot infusion.
Phytochemistry  Albumen, tannin, cascarillin, potassium chloride, calcium salt, and lignin (Grieve; http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/croto118.html, accessed 4/17/04).
Potential Adverse  Effects  No clinical adverse effects were found.
Potential Medication  Interactions  No clinical medication interactions were found.
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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