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Espinheira Santa Powder

  • Brand: Brazilian Forest
  • Product Code: Plantas Medicinais
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Espinheira Santa (Maytenus ilicifolia Mart. Ex Reiss.) is a plant species widely used in folk medicine due to its antiulcerogenic, antitumor and antimicrobial activities. Native of southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, it is widely used for the preparation of infusion or phytotherapeutic teas for the treatment of gastric conditions such as hyperacidity, gastric, duodenal ulcers and chronic gastritis. Its leaves present triterpenes and polyphenolic substances (flavonoids and tannins) related to the antiulcerogenic effect.

CONSTITUENTS: The chemical composition of leaves of M.ilicifolia is constituted by triterpenes, flavonoids and tannins. Among the polyphenolic compounds, the quercetin and kaempferol derivatives predominate. Subsequent chemical profile evaluations corroborated the presence of these substances, which in turn are involved in the biological activities reported to date, such as antiulcer, antimicrobial, analgesic and antiinflammatory activity, antioxidant and diuretic activity. The pharmacological action of M. ilicifolia under peptic ulcer and gastritis involves more than one mechanism of action, and is not due only to a specific active principle, but to the different substances present in its extract. It has been demonstrated that both tannins, especially epigallocatechin, and essential oils, especially fridenelol, are responsible for part of the gastroprotective effects.

LATIN NAME: Maytenus ilicifolia Mart. Ex Reiss.

USED PARTS: Leaves

DRYING METHOD: Sun dried

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: triterpenes, flavonoids and tannins.

PROPERTIES: The actions of M. ilicifolia on peptic ulcer and gastritis involve more than one mechanism of action and different substances of the phytocomplex. Several compounds participate in the protective effect of gastric mucosa, which results from the reduction of basal hydrochloric acid secretion as well as histamine-induced secretion.

PREPARATION: Dosage and Mode of Use

- Infusion: 20g for every 1 liter of water, take three to four times a day;

- Fluid Extract: 2.5 to 5 mL, three times daily;

- Dry extract: 500 mg, take one to three times daily;

- Powder: 1.5g to 3g per day;

- Tincture: 5 to 10 mL, three times a day, diluted in half a glass of water;

- Mother tincture: 10 to 20 mL, up to three times a day

APPLICATIONS: Nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, phytoterapics, food supplements, food supplements, functional foods, medical food ..

PRECAUTIONS: Not recommended for children, pregnant and lactating women. Avoid use in case of hypersensitivity.


For educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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