SCIENTIFIC STUDIES

Modern Research about Sangre De Grado

Introduction Croton lechleri is a medium-sized tree (10-20 meters or 30-60 feet) native to the Amazonian region of the South American countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It most commonly grows in the northwest lowland Amazonian forest area in disturbed soil and along rivers and streams.1-4 Despite its height, the tree has a narrow trunk of approximately 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter.1 The large leaves are heart-shaped and bright green. The plant’s greenish-white blooms and small 3-part [...]

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Antioxidant Activity of Sangre de Grado

Another important health benefit to Sangre de Grado is its potential as a powerful antioxidant herb. An article published in the Nutrition Journal in 2010 entitled The total antioxidant content of more than 3100 foods, beverages, spices, herbs and supplements used worldwide, by Monica H Carlsen, Bente L Halvorsen, Kari Holte, Siv K Bøhn, Steinar Dragland, Laura Sampson, Carol Willey, Haruki Senoo, Yuko Umezono, ChihoSanada, Ingrid Barikmo, NegaBerhe, Walter C Willett, Katherine M Phillips, David R Jacobs, Jr, and Rune [...]

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Purported Uses of Sangre de Grado

Taspine is an alkaloid which acts as a potent acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Taspine has also been found to be a dual topoisomerase inhibitor effective in cells overexpressing drug efflux transporters and induces wide-spread apoptosis in multicellular spheroids. Taspine promotes early phases of wound healing in a dose-dependent manner with no substantial modification due to its mechanism of action related to its chemotactic properties on fibroblasts. Taspine has also shown anti-inflammatory potential. Dimethylcedrusine, another biologically active substance in Sangre de Grado, was shown to [...]

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Dragon’s Blood: Great for Skin

By the side of a rutted, muddy road up the Rio Aguaytia in the Peruvian Amazon, my friends and I stopped to admire a stand of Croton lechleri – Dragon’s blood trees. The tall trees bore a mottled-white and gray bark, and a couple of the trees also featured diagonal slashes. They had been previously cut into with a machete’ to yield the resinous sap for which the tree is deservedly famous. Dragon’s blood, they call the sap, which [...]

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Benefits and Uses of Chanca Piedra

Clinical research that has been carried out on the plant over the years demonstrated antilithic, hypotensive, antihepatotoxic, antiviral, diuretic, antibacterial, analgesic, antimutagenic, antispasmodic, and hypoglycemic activities. Chanca piedra, when used as a natural remedy by infusing the whole plant or just the aerial parts in hot water, was found to help urinary and biliary conditions. Some of these conditions are gallbladder and kidney stones, flu, cold, hepatitis, tuberculosis. For bacterial infections, it is quite effective in treating prostatitis, cystitis, [...]

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Science and Related Studies

Various Scientific Research have been carried out on chanca piedra. A study carried out showed that administration of aqueous extracts of the plant in mice revealed a significant decrease in the level of glucose in the blood. It proved that the plant has hypoglycemic effect in mice that are diabetic and showed no trace of hepatotoxicity. It also resulted in the loss of weight. Another scientific study showed that it has hypolipidemic effect which has lipid-lowering effects in cholesterol and [...]

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