cocculus palmatus miers

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cocculus palmatus miers
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The root of this shrub was used by native Africans as the main remedy against diarrhea and dysentery. When the Portuguese colonized Mozambique and Madagascar, in the seventeenth century, it discovered and brought to Europe. Today is at pharmacies around the world to be part of various preparations.

Habitat: originating in tropical regions of East Africa. Grown in South America.

Description: climber of evergreen shrub of the family of Menispermáceas, which reaches from 2 to 5 m in height. The root is very fleshy, and can reach up to 7 inches. in diameter.

Used parts: the root sliced and dried.

Properties and indications: the root of the Colombian contains several alkaloids chemically similar to the berberina (alkaloid that is found in the agracejo and morphine; bitter principles (Columbus) and various inert substances (pectin, starch and oxalate) It does not contain tannin. Its properties are:

Tonic bitter aperitif and eupéptico (facilitates digestion) It is used in recovering from debilitating diseases and in dyspepsia (bad digestion)

Antidiarrheal and intestinal antiseptic, because of their alkaloids.

Use: decoction with 10 or 15 grams. Root crushed (one tablespoon) per cup of water. Boil for 10 minutes, and sweeten. Are administered 6 to 8 tablespoons a day of the resulting liquid.

Precautions: in high doses has toxic effects: nausea, vomiting, intestinal colic, and can even cause respiratory arrest.

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