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 MUTAMBA POWDER TEA (Guazuma ulmifolia) -  2 OZ / 60 gr

 

 

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Ethnomedical Uses: Mutamba holds a place in herbal medicine systems in many tropical countries. In Brazilian herbal medicine practices, a bark decoction is used to promote perspiration, cleanse and detoxify the blood, and to suppress coughs. There it is used for fevers, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, syphilis, and liver problems. A bark decoction is also prepared and is used topically to promote hair growth, to combat parasites of the scalp, and to treat various skin conditions.

Properties/Actions Documented by Research: Researchers have determined that Mutamba bark is a rich source of tannins and antioxidant chemicals called proanthocyanidins. One in particular, procyanidin B-2 is a safe topical hair-growing agent. The bark also contains a chemical called kaurenoic acid which has been documented with antibacterial and antifungal properties in many studies over the years. The leaves of mutamba contain caffeine, however none has been found in the bark of the tree. One of the recent 2003 studies also confirmed its antioxidant effects. In a in vitro study, mutamba also demonstrated antiviral activity against Herpes simplex type 1. These studies could certainly explain why mutamba has been used so effectively in herbal medicine systems for many types of gastrointestinal problems, such venereal diseases as gonorrhea and syphilis, and upper respiratory conditions (pneumonia and bronchitis). Another properties documented by research: ACE-inhibitor (typically lowers blood pressure), antibacterial, anticancerous, antifungal, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antitumorous, antiviral, cardiac depressant, cardiotonic (tones, balances, strengthens the heart), hypoglycemic, hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), muscle relaxant, uterine stimulant.

Cautions: If you have a heart condition use with caution and under doctor supervision. Mutamba bark has been documented to have uterine stimulant activity and it should not be taken during pregnancy. Mutamba bark has been documented to lower blood pressure and may potentiate the action of certain antihypertensive drugs.. People with a history of heart problems, those taking heart medications, or those with low blood pressure should not use this plant without supervision and advice of a qualified health care practitioner.

How to use/ Preparation: The traditional remedy for upper respiratory infections, asthma and other respiratory problems is one cup of a standard bark decoction 2-3 times daily. For gastrointestinal problems and other conditions the same bark decoction is used or 2-3 ml of a 4:1 tincture twice daily or stirred into water or juice. The same bark decoction is rinsed through the hair several times weekly as a natural remedy for hair loss.


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