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  Hibiscus L.
 
Scientific Name  Hibiscus L.
Family Name  Malvaceae
Common Name  Hibiscus, jamaica
Photo link  authorpics/hibiscusPic.cfm
Studies on Diabetes  Streptozotocin induced diabetic rats; ethanol flower extract showed maximal effects after 21 days of administration decreasing blood glocose 41-46% and insulin levels by 14% comparable to glibenclamide (Sachdewa, 2003).
Other Uses  Folk uses include anorexia, URTI, gastritis, laxative and diuretic (NCMD; http://www.naturaldatabase.com/monograph.asp?mono_id=211&brand_id=, accessed 3-29-04).
Formulations used by  Informants  Agua frescas
Phytochemistry  Daphnimacropine, 16-deoxy, 22-acetoxy, heptahydroxyflavone 3-0-D glucopyranoside, hexahydroxyflavylium glycosides, malic acid, stigmasterol 3 galactopyranoside (Chapman and Hall/ CRC, Version 13:1; 1982-2005)
Potential Adverse  Effects  Dermatitis, high dose benzene extracts caused termination of pregnancy in animal studies (Herb Med accessed 3/29/04).
Potential Medication  Interactions  Chloroquine levels may be reduced.
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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