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SHRUB HAS VALUED CURE PROSPECTS FOR DISEASES

PRIDE OF BARBADOS – CAESALPINII PULCHERRIMA

Suriname’s traditional medicine

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The leaves are purgative and used against kidney stones, malarial fever and bronchitis.

Flavonoids isolated from this plant possess anti-inflammatory activities; the flavonoid of quercetin has antiviral activity. Pride of Barbados exhibit a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity, particularly against Escherichia coli (enteropathogen), Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. The root and stem seem to be cytotoxic.(damages or destroys cancerous cells).

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 26th Sept 2009

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