Fevers, Anti-Diabetic, Aphrodisiac


(Scoparia dulcis)

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120 Capsules x 500 mg.

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Summarized Description: Vassourinha ("sweet broom" or "licorice weed") is a small shrub of the foxglove family. Although it can be found in USDA Zones 9 thru 11 in the U.S., it is most abundant in South America, where in some areas it is considered invasive. Having a long list of medicinal properties, Vassourinha (known as "Tiatina" here in Ecuador -- which is only one of over a 120 different common names which this species possesses) is a prominent feature of the herbal medicine practices in every tropical culture in which the plant is found.

Uses & Protocols
In Peru and Ecuador, Vassourinha is used primarily to treat aches, pain, cough, diarrhea, fever, headaches, hemorrhoids, infection, inflammation and swelling, nephrosis, rash, and respirosis. In Brazil, additional indications include abortion, bronchoses, dermatosis, diabetes, earache, gastrosis, hepatosis, hyperglycemia, jaundice, worms, and wounds. In Ayurveda, the tea leaf is used to treat diabetes.
Its use in anticancer and antiviral formulas has been supported by a variety of recent clinical studies.

Warnings & Contraindications
Not to be taken during pregnancy. Do not combine with antidepressants or barbiturates unless under supervision of a qualified health practitioner. May be contraindicated with hypoglycemia is some individuals. Diabetics: check blood glucose levels during use to monitor effects.

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. 614-617; 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=?."

  • Abortifacient (f; AUS; DAV)
  • Analgesic (f1; JNP67:725; RAI; X1841990)
  • Antidiabetic (1; MPG)
  • Antiedemic (f; SAR)
  • Antiemetic (f; RAR)
  • Antifilarial (f; AUS)
  • Antiherpetic (1; FNF; X11678658)
  • Antiinflammatory (f1; JNP65:614; MPB; RAI)
  • Antileukemic (1; RAI)
  • Antioxidant (1; JMF4:179; X15900084)
  • Antiplaque (1; EMP5:209)
  • Antiradicular (1; JMF4:179)
  • Antiseptic (f; DAV; GMJ; RAI)
  • Antispasmodic (f1; GMJ; RAI)
  • Antitumor (1; RAI; X11678658)
  • Antitussive (f; MD2; RAR)
  • Antiulcer (1; X11678658)
  • Antiviral (1; RAI; X11678658)
  • Aphrodisiac (f; AUS; RAI; UPW)
  • Astringent (f; DAV; VOD)
  • Bactericide (f1; JNP65:614; MPG; RAI)
  • Beta-Glucuronidase-Inhibitor (1; X1294695)
  • Cardiotonic (1; MPB; RAI)
  • Cholagogue (f; GMJ)
  • CNS-Depressant (1; JFM)
  • Collyrium (f; GMJ)
  • Contraceptive (f; AUS; DAV; SAR)
  • Cytotoxic (1; FNF; X11678658)
  • Decongestant (f; RAI)
  • Dentifrice (f; AUS)
  • Depurative (f; DAV; RAI)
  • Detoxicant (f; JMF4:179)
  • Diaphoretic (f; JFM)
  • Digestive (f; GMJ)
  • Diuretic (1; X11534346)
  • Emetic (f; AUS; DAV)
  • Emmenagogue (1; RAI)
  • Emollient (f; KAB; VOD)
  • Expectorant (f1; MPG; RAI)
  • Febrifuge (f1; DAV; MPB; RAI)
  • Fungicide (f1; JNP65:614; RAI)
  • Gastroprotective (1; X11678658)
  • H+-ATPase-Inhibitor (1; JNP65:614)
  • Hypertensive (1; JNP65:614)
  • Hypoglycemic (1; RAI)
  • Hypotensive (1; RAI)
  • Inotropic (1; X8832498)
  • Insecticide (f; AUS)
  • Insulinogenic (1; X15306167)
  • K+-ATPase-Inhibitor (1; JNP65:614)
  • Litholytic (f; RAI)
  • Mucolytic (f; MPG)
  • Mutagenic (1; X10052564)
  • Myorelaxant (f; JNP65:614)
  • Neurotropic (1: JNP67:725)
  • Orexigenic (f; UPW)
  • Pectoral (f; MPB)
  • Pediculicide (f; JFM)
  • Plasmodicide (1; AUS)
  • Pulicide (f; JFM)
  • Secretagogue (1; X15306167)
  • Sedative (f1; JNP65:614, MPG)
  • Stomachic (f; MPG)
  • Sympathomimetic (1; X8832498)
  • Tonic (f; JFM; RAI)
  • Vermifuge (f; AUS)
  • Vulnerary (f1; DLZ; RAI; WOI; X8832498)

Further information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
  • Ague (f; KAB)
  • Albuminuria (f1; RAI; WOI)
  • Anemia (f1; RAI; WOI)
  • Bacteria (f; JNP65:614)
  • Bites (f; JNP65:614)
  • Blennorrhagia (f; KAB)
  • Bronchosis (f; DAV; JNP67:725; MPB; RAI)
  • Bruises (f; AUS; JFM)
  • Burns (f; RAI)
  • Cachexia (f; UPW)
  • Cancer (1; RAI; X11678658)
  • Cancer, bone (1; RAI)
  • Cancer, brain (1; RAI)
  • Cardiopathy (f1; JNP65:614; MPB; RAI; VOD)
  • Cerebrosis (1; RAI)
  • Childbirth (f; JNP65:614; RAI; VOD)
  • Colic (f; MPG; RAI)
  • Conjunctivosis (f; DAV; RAI)
  • Constipation (f; MPG)
  • Corneosis (1; X11678658)
  • Coughs (f; DAV; MD2; RAI; RAR)
  • Cramps (f; GMJ)
  • Dermatosis (f; MD2; RAI; UPW; VOD)
  • Diabetes (f1; MPB; RAI; WOI; X15306167; X15900084)
  • Diarrhea (f; DAV; JFM; RAI; VOD)
  • Dysmenorrhea (f1; JFM, MPG, RAI; X1841990)
  • Dyspepsia (f; MPG)
  • Dysuria (f; JFM; MPB; MPG)
  • Earache (f; AHL; JFM)
  • Eczema (f; JFM)
  • Edema (f; JFM)
  • Enterosis (f; JMF4:179; VOD)
  • Erysipelas (f; DAV; MPB; RAI)
  • Fatigue (f; UPW)
  • Fever (f; DAV; JFM; MD2; RAI; VOD)
  • Filaria (f; AUS)
  • Fridigity (f; MPG)
  • Fungus (f; JNP65:614)
  • Gas (f; MPG)
  • Gatrosis (f; JMF4:179; KAB; RAI)
  • Glycosuria (1; WOI)
  • Gonorrhea (f; AHL; JFM; RAI)
  • Gravel (f; WOI)
  • Headache (f; DAV; GMJ; JFM; MD2; RAI)
  • Hemorrhoids (f; AHL; DAV; RAI; VOD)
  • Hepatosis (f; JFM; RAI)
  • Herpes (1; RAI; X2852487)
  • High Blood Pressure (f1; RAI)
  • Hyperglycemia (1; WOI)
  • Impotence (f; RAI; UPW)
  • Infection (f1; DAV; RAI; X11678658)
  • Infertily (f; MD2; UPW)
  • Inflammation (f1; AUS; JNP65:614)
  • Insomnia (f; JNP65:614)
  • Itch (f; RAI; UPW)
  • Jaundice (f; JFM; RAI)
  • Ketonuria (1; WOI)
  • Leprosy (f; RAI; UPW)
  • Leukorrhea (f; JFM)
  • Lice (f; JFM)
  • Low Blood Pressure (f; JNP65:614)
  • Malaria (f1; AUS; JNP65:614; RAI)
  • Mange (f; JFM)
  • Marasmus (f; JFM)
  • Melanoma (f; RAI)
  • Metritis (f; DLZ)
  • Metrorrhagia (f; JFM)
  • Migraine (f; DAV)
  • Mucososis (1; X8832498)
  • Nausea (f; MD2; RAI)
  • Nephrosis (f; DAV; RAI)
  • Oliguria (f; RAI)
  • Ophthalmia (f1; DAV; GMJ; WOI)
  • Osteosis (1; RAI)
  • Pain (f1; JFM; JNP67:725; MPB; RAI; VOD; X1841990)
  • Pneumonia (f; RAR)
  • Pulmonosis (f; JFM; RAI)
  • Rashes (f; JFM; MD2)
  • Respirosis (f; RAI)
  • Retinosis (f; WOI)
  • Snake Bite (f; RAI)
  • Sores (f; JFM; RAI)
  • Sore Throat (f; KAB; RAI)
  • Stings (f; RAI)
  • Stomachache (f; AHL; BEJ; JMF4:179; RAI)
  • Stomatosis (f; JFM)
  • Stones (f; RAI)
  • Swelling (f; SAR)
  • Syphilis (f; VOD)
  • Thrush (fl; UPW)
  • Toothache (f; AHL; RAI)
  • Tumors (f1; RAI)
  • Ulcers (1; X11678658)
  • Urethrosis (f; MPB)
  • Urticaria (f; MPG)
  • UTIs (f; RAI)
  • Vaginosis (f; MPG)
  • VD (f; JFM; RAI; VOD)
  • Viruses (1; RAI; X11678658; X2852487)
  • Wounds (f1; DAV; RAI; SAR; WOI)
  • Yellow Fever (f; JFM)

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 Vassourinha
Sourced from PubMed
Disclaimer: The following citations provide findings on the properties of Vassourinha 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 314 citations posted on Vassourinha. Below we list a few of the more notable:

Extensive information about Vassourinha 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.
Vassourinha is described in Wikipedia.