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  Psacalium decompositum  (Gray) H.E. Robins. & Brett.
 
Scientific Name  Psacalium decompositum  (Gray) H.E. Robins. & Brett.
Family Name  Asteraceae
Common Name  Cacalia decomposita Desert Indianbrush, Indian plantain, Matarique, Maturi
Photo link  http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/wildflowers/cacalia_atriplicifolia.html
Studies on Diabetes  Three studies have showed decreased glucose levels in health and mild diabetic mice, but not in severely diabetic mice (Alarcon-Aguilar 2000).
Other Uses  Folk uses include diabetes, as a purgative, sprains and strains (external), and wounds (Kay 1996).
Formulations used by  Informants  Warm, cold infusion.
Phytochemistry  Multiple sesquiterpenes and pyrrolizidine-type alkaloids. (Kay 1996).
Potential Adverse  Effects  Contains toxic pyrrolizidine-like alkaloids. Plants containing these alkaloids have caused fatalities (Kay 1996).
Potential Medication  Interactions  No significant medication interactions noted
References  Alarcon-Aguilar FJ, Jimenez-Estrada M, et. al., Hypoglycemic effects of extracts and fractions from Psacalium decompositum in health and alloxan-diabetic mice. Jour Ethnophr 72(1-2):21-27 Sep 2000.

 

 

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