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Other Names:

Mechoacán Black, Purge.

Description: climbing plant of the family of Convolvuláceas, whose stem grows coiled around other plants. The flowers are large, stem from the armpits of the leaves, and have pink or red. The roots are tuberous round, and are filled with a milky juice resinous.

Habitat: originally from Mexico, specifically the state of Veracruz, whose capital, Jalapa Enriquez, bears his name.

Used Part.

The roots (tubers)

Active Principles.

Glucorresina (9 - 18%) of complex structure: jalapina, convulvulina (heterósidos of hydroxy fatty acids) escopoletol; glucoside: ipuranol. Alkaloids.

Drug Action.

A low dose: laxative, colagogo.

At higher doses presents a violent laxative effect: the glucorresina destroys some lipid components of the intestinal membrane, resulting in an increase of exaggerated peristalsis and large influx of fluid inside the intestinal light.


See precautions.

Constipation, biliary dyskinesia. Formerly was used in the treatment of congestive heart failure, for the vast elimination of liquids it produces.

The root of Jalapa contains various carbohydrates, and convolvulina and jalapina glycosides, which are active ingredients. It has a strong purgative action, which in small doses is well tolerated, and does not cause cramps. It is recommended when you want to bring about drastic intestine. By not having bad taste, it is useful to purge the children. It also has effect worming and emenagogo (stimulates menstruation)


Pregnancy, infancy, irritable bowel syndrome, renal failure, cardiac treatment.

Side Effects.

A high dose produced a little violent colic, intestinal bleeding, nausea and vomiting.

Caution / Poisoning.

Due to the virulence of its mechanism of action and their side effects, is currently in abeyance.

Use: it takes root powder, 1 to 3 grams dissolved in half a glass of hot water and sweetened with 1 - 2 tablespoons of honey or brown sugar. The infant dose is 50 milligrams (0. 05 g) per kilogram of body weight.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Powder (referring to adult dose) 100 - 400 mg / day as a laxative; 500mg - 2g / día, as a laxative.


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