|Most Common Name:||Ipecachuanha|
Known As (other names):||Ipecac, Matto Grosso |
Ipecachuanha - General description:
Ipecachuanha is native
to the tropical zones of South America. It was originally used by the Brazilian
Indigenous People to induce vomiting and was introduced to Europe by a
Portuguese Frair that was based in Brazil in the sixteenth century.
of Ipecachuanha will cause cardiac failure.
Properties, or Ipecachuanha use in treatment of:
|Dysentery|| || |
|Below we list
reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous
research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide
information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects,
if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents.
We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary
considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with
the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.|
Emetine: In smaller doses ementine is used for Catarrh and
Whooping cough as it causes an increase in respiratory secretion. In larger
doses it is an emetic as it irritates the bowels. Emetine also has an
Emetine is an isoquinoline alkaloid.
Isoquinoline Alkaloids: A large class of medically active
alkaloids with very varied properties although this group does contain many
constituents from which the most habit forming drugs are made. Precursors of
isoquinoline alkaloids are tyrosine and phenylalanine.
Properties of these alkaloids range widely from
Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antitumor, antimicrobial and antiviral to
analgesic, narcotic and antitussive, plus virtually everything in-between.
Because of this very wide scope each of the alkaloids should be regarded as
individual and no general properties can be attributed to the group known as
Alkaloids Typical alkaloids are alkaline organic vegetable
substances containing one or more nitrogen atoms. This nitrogen base is capable
of combining with acids to form crystalline salts. Most alkaloids are derived
from amino acids while a few are derived from isoprene units. Alkaloids are white or colourless solids containing oxygen (oxygen
free alkaloids are few and far between and then can only exist as liquids) Most
alkaloids are not water soluble, extraction is normally by tincture.
Alkaloids are found in about one quarter of all flowering plants. Thousands of
alkaloids have been identified from a large number of plants where the alkaloid
can be present in virtually every part of the plant or just a specific part like
rhizome, leaf or seed.
generally have profound physiological impact on the human body and nervous
system effects are predominant.
Many alkaloids are used as extracted and refined compounds derived from the
actual plants or synthesised compounds in pharmaceutical drugs.
Several Alkaloids are banned in many countries because of the extreme impact
on the nervous system (strychnine for instance is a deadly poison in very small
doses) and the habit forming nature of some of the alkaloid compounds.
Monoterpenes: One of the many terpenes, monoterpenes (the
smallest of the terpenes, although one of the most widely occurring) are mostly
found in essential or volatile oils. Aromatherapists use monoterpenes as a mucus
membrane tonic as decongestants and to ease nasal and other mucus membrane
Monoterpenes evaporate easily and have a low boiling point.
Monoterpenes are mostly colorless and odorless, prone to oxidation. Oxidants
from monoterpenes could be irritant.
Monoterpenes are antiseptic,
antiviral and bactericidal.
Iridoids. Iridoids are the most bitter compound found in plants.
These bitter compounds stimulate release of bile flow in the gut as well as
stimulating digestive secretion. Iridoids are anti-inflammatory (not as strong
as in other constituents, iridoids have some anti-inflammatory effects but should not
be used purely for this purpose), hypotensive and febrifuge. Some iridoids are
laxative and antimicrobial.
Contraindications, do not use if:
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and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in
certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we
will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list
of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.|
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