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The term indigenous condurangu (rope of condor) refers to the custom of the legendary Condor of the Andes, which used the leaves of this plant for treatment of snake bites. It is well known and appreciated in South America, to heal the ailments of the stomach. In 1871 he was introduced in Europe in the hope that it could cure stomach cancer, which was not confirmed in reality. Its flavor reminds of the cinnamon, although it is somewhat bitter.

HABITAT: grows spontaneously on the western slopes of the Andes, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, between 1, 500 and 2, 000 meters of altitude.

Description: climbing plant of the family of Asclepiadáceas, which, being a liana, sticks to the trunk of the tree to its crown. Its leaves are oval or acorazonada, Vella and light green on the underside.

Used Part.

The bark of the trunk.

Active Principles.

Heterósidos steroidal derivatives Pregnana (1 - 3%) alpha and beta conduranginas (bitter principles that emerge by acid hydrolysis Cinnamic) condurangaminas A and B. Tannins. Resin, traces of essential oil. Flavonoids. Heterósidos coumarin. Caféico and chlorogenic acids.

Drug Action.

Popularly used as an aperitif, digestive, colagogo, anthelmintic, diuretic, antipyretic, antispasmodic and mild sedative. In topical use: anti - inflammatory, analgesic, astringent (local hemostatic, healing) Latin America is popularly used as alexitérico.

Properties and indications: the bark and root condurango contain essential oils, resins, organic acids, substances gomosas and starch. Its active ingredient is the most important condurangina, a bitter glucoside.

The condurango properties appetizers, digestive and antiemetic (stops vomiting) Its use is appropriate in cases of stomach heaviness and slow digestions. Calm the pain and spasms ("nerves") of the stomach, but should not use it without having first diagnosed the cause of the disorders.

Use: decoction with 30 or 40 grams. bark or root in a pint of water for 10 minutes. Leaving after macerated for 12 hours. Are taken from 3 to 5 tablespoons before each meal.

Precautions: in high doses has toxic effects that cause seizures and even respiratory arrest.


Pregnancy (also popularly used as an abortifacient and emenagogo)

Heterósidos cardiac treatment, for the possible enhancement of its action.

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Caution / Poisoning.

A high dose produces motor incoordination and convulsions and can get to death by respiratory arrest.

Hemiletal of condurangina dose (LD50) in experimental rabbits = 20 - 45 mg / kg.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Decoction: Boil 10 grams per liter for 10 minutes. Allow 12 hours maceration. Take 2 or 3 tablespoons per day, half an hour before meals.

Dust: 300 - 500 mg / capsule, two to three a day before meals.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 10 to 30 drops half an hour before each meal.

Tincture (1: 10) 50 to 100 drops half an hour before each meal.

Topical use:

Decocto: 20 g / l. Simmer 10 minutes.


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