Embauba is known in Brazil for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Typically for rheumatic, kidney and lung inflammations. The lea is
used widely for asthma and other upper respiratory complaints (such
as asthma, bronchitis, coughs, whooping cough, and pneumonia)., as
well as for diabetes. It also has been used for sores on the mouth
Properties/Actions Documented by Research: ACE-inhibitor
(typically lowers blood pressure), analgesic (pain-reliever),
anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant,
antispasmodic, cardiotonic (tones, balances, strengthens the heart),
diuretic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive (lowers blood pressure).
Cautions: Embauba has a traditional use of aiding childbirth
and to promote menstruation. It should not be taken during
pregnancy. The plant has been reported in animal studies to have
cardiotonic properties, increasing the strength of cardiac muscle
contraction. It should not be used by anyone with a cardiac disorder
unless monitored by a medical doctor. Embauba also has demonstrated
hypotensive activity in animal studies. Those with low blood
pressure or those on medication to lower their blood pressure should
seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional prior to
using this plant. Embauba has demonstrated a hypoglycemic effect in
animals. It is contraindicated for persons with hypoglycemia.
Diabetics should use this plant with caution as blood sugar levels
should be monitored closely.