Blood Purifier, Arthritis / Joint Pain
Cancer Tumors / Cancer-Related Cachexia


(Polypodium decumanum)

Code: BOS262 -- Price: $18.50
120 Capsules x 500 mg.

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Summarized Description: Samambaia, for identification purposes, is also known as Phlebodium decumanum or Phlebodium pseudoaureum. Like avenca, Samambaia is a medicinal fern that is found throughout rainforests of South America, though it is thought to have originated from Honduras. Samambaia is just one member of the Polypodium genus, which has 75-100 species of true fern. Samambaia, a medium-to-large fern with long-creeping rhizomes,

Uses & Protocols
Hondurans use this herbal to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, general joint pain, and malignant tumors; in Peru, to treat coughs and problems of the pancreas. In many parts of the Amazon, it revered as a blood purifier, and general tonic -- much like Ajo Te. Health practitioners in the U.S. have also expanded its medicinal uses to include Alzheimer's, colds, flu, and disorders of the skin, respiratory, and immune systems, as well as cancer-related cachexia.
Dosage: Two capsules, twice a day, or as otherwise directed by your health care practitioner.

Warnings & Contraindications
May potentiate digitalis or similar prescription heart drugs. Secondly, absorption is reduced in the presence of antacids.

Five years or more.

James Duke's Handbook of Medical Plants of Latin America
Medicinal Activities
Further information for practitioners: World-famous botanist Dr. James Duke attributes the following activities to this plant (p. 526-528; see hardcopy cover at right), drawn from the extant literature. (See his graduation for "level of efficacy" on our amazon traditionals page; followed by Duke's bibliographic abbreviations (in capital letters), which we identify on a separate page.)
Duke provides a "food farmacy potential" score for this plant of "FNFF=???."

  • Alterative (f; MBC)
  • Anabolic (1; MPG)
  • Analgesic (f; MBC)
  • Anthelmintic (f; MBC)
  • Antiaggregant (1; X8066104)
  • Antiaging (1; RAI)
  • Antielastase (1; X9434602)
  • Antiinflammatory (f1; MBC; RAI)
  • Antileukotriene (1; RAI; X8066104)
  • Antioxidant (1; RAI)
  • AntiPAF (1; RAI; X8066104)
  • Antiradicular (1; RAI)
  • Antirejection (1; HAD)
  • Antirheumatic (f; MBC)
  • Antispasmodic (f; MBC; VAD)
  • Antitumor (1; RAI)
  • Antitussive (1; MPG; RAI)
  • Antiulcer (f; AAB)
  • AntiUV (1; RAI)
  • Antivenereal (f; MBC)
  • Antiviral (1; AUS; MPG)
  • Astringent (f; MBC)
  • Cerebroprotective (1; RAI)
  • Corticosteroidal (1; VAD)
  • Demulcent (f; MBC)
  • Depurative (f; MBC; RAI)
  • Diaphoretic (f; DAW; MBC; RAI)
  • Diuretic (f1; MBC; RAI)
  • Emmenagogue (f; MBC)
  • Expectorant (f1; MBC; RAI)
  • Febrifuge (f; DAV; MBC)
  • Hemostat (f; JFM; MBC)
  • Hypotensive (1; RAI)
  • IL-6-Inhibitor (1; X12890427)
  • Immunomodulator (f1; MBC; RAI)
  • Laxative (f; MBC)
  • Lymphocytogenic (1; VAD)
  • Neuroprotective (1; PHR13:566)
  • Pectoral (f; MBC)
  • Purgative (f; MBC)
  • Sedative (f; MBC)
  • Sunscreen (1; RAI)
  • TNF-Inhibitor (1; X12890427)
  • Tranquilizer (1; VAD)

Further information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
  • Abscesses (f; RAI)
  • Alzheimer's (12; RAI; PHR13:566)
  • Anemia (f; MPG)
  • Anorexia (f; MBC)
  • Arthrosis (1; MPG; RAI)
  • Asthma (f; AUS; JFM; MBC)
  • Bleeding (f; MBC)
  • Boils (f; RAI)
  • Bronchosis (f; MBC; RAI)
  • Bruises (f; AUS; MBC)
  • Cachexia (f; RAI)
  • Calculus (f; MBC)
  • Cancer (f; JLH; MBC)
  • Cancer, skin (f; MPG)
  • Cancer, stomach (f; MPG)
  • Cardiopathy (f; AUS; JFM)
  • Catarrh (f; JFM)
  • Cerebrosis (f12; MPG; RAI)
  • Colds (f; RAI)
  • Colic (f; AUS)
  • Constipation (f; AUS)
  • Coughs (f; AUS; MPB; SAR; UPH)
  • Crohn's (1; MPG)
  • Dementia (f12; RAI)
  • Dermatosis (f12; MBC; RAI)
  • Diabetes (1; MBC; MPG)
  • Diarrhea (f; MBC)
  • Dropsy (f; MBC)
  • Dysmenorrhea (f; MPG)
  • Dyspepsia (f; AAB)
  • Eczema (1; MBC; MPG)
  • Fever (f; DAV; EB25:239; MBC)
  • Flu (f; RAI)
  • Fractures (f; MBC)
  • Gastrosis (f; AAB; MBC)
  • Gout (f; MBC; RAI)
  • Hepatosis (1; MPG)
  • High Blood Pressure (f; AAB; AUS; MPG)
  • Hoarsness (f; JFM)
  • Infection (1; MPG)
  • Lactose-Intolerance (1; VAD)
  • Leukorrhea (f; MPG)
  • MS (1; MPG)
  • Nephrosis (f; AUS; DAV; MBC)
  • Neurosis (1; PHR13:566)
  • Oliguria (f; AUS)
  • Ostealgia (f; MBC)
  • Osteoarthritis (1; VAD)
  • Pain (f; AAB; MBC; MPG; RAI)
  • Pancreatosis (f; DAV)
  • Pertussis (f; DAV; EBS; MBC)
  • Psoriasis (f12; MBC; MPG; RAI)
  • Pulmonosis (f; MPG)
  • Respirosis (f; JFM; RAI)
  • Rheumatism (f1; MBC; MPG; RAI)
  • Snake Bite (f; MBC)
  • Sores (f; AAB; JTR; MBC)
  • Sprains (f; JTR)
  • Stomacheche (f; JTR; MBC; MPG)
  • Stomatosis (1; MPG)
  • Stones (f; MBC)
  • Sunburn (f; RAI)
  • Syphilis (f; MBC)
  • Tendonosis (f; RAI)
  • Tumors (1; RAI)
  • Ulcers (f; AAB)
  • UTIs (f; RAI)
  • Vaginosis (f; MPG)
  • VD (f; DAW; MBC)
  • Viruses (1; AUS; MPG)
  • Vitiligo (f12; MBC; PHR13:566; RAI)
  • Worms (f; AUS)
  • Wounds (f; AUS)

To U.S. Users: This product have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Recent Studies on Samambaia
Sourced from PubMed
Disclaimer: The following citations provide findings on the properties of Samambaia and offer insights into prospective areas of future research. These findings should not be inferred to provide the basis of medicinal claims, nor should they be relied upon by the public, as such. Readers who want full access to the PubMed database are encouraged to register with NCBI.
As of Jan. 2017, there were only a handful of citations covering the species. Below we list a few of the more notable:

Extensive information about Samambaia is covered on the Raintree Forest website. Even better, you can purchase Leslie Taylor's excellent reference book, The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs: A Guide to Understanding and Using Herbal Medicinals at Amazon.
The Polypodium genus is described in Wikipedia.