Amor seco (Desmodium adscendens) herb powder Amor Seco Powder

Desmodium adscendens

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Natural health practitioners and herbalists in South America use amor seco for asthma and allergies and for muscle spasms and back pain.* To see photographs of amor seco click here. For more complete information on this rainforest plant, please see the Database File for Amor seco in the Tropical Plant Database.

Traditional Uses:* for asthma and allergies; for respiratory problems (bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], emphysema, excessive phlegm/mucous); as a general antispasmodic, muscle relaxant, and pain-reliever for colic, stomach and bowel cramping, arthritis, muscle/joint aches, pain, injuries and spasms; for menstrual disorders (cramps, excessive bleeding, pain, vaginal discharge); for convulsions (allergic reactions and epilepsy)

Suggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbs, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.

Contraindications: None known.

Drug Interactions: None published.

Third-Party Published Research*

All available third-party research on amor seco can be found at PubMed. A partial listing of the published research on amor seco is shown below:

Anti-asthmatic, Bronchodilator & Smooth Muscle Relaxant Actions:
Iriť-N'guessan, G., et al. "Tracheal relaxation of five Ivorian anti-asthmatic plants: role of epithelium and K? channels in the effect of the aqueous-alcoholic extract of Dichrostachys cinerea root bark." J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Nov 18;138(2):432-8.
Rastogi, S., et al. "An ethnomedicinal, phytochemical and pharmacological profile of Desmodium gangeticum (L.) DC. and Desmodium adscendens (Sw.) DC." J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Jun 22;136(2):283-96.
Barreto, G. S. “Effect of butanolic fraction of Desmodium adscendens on the anococcygeus of the rat.” Braz. J. Biol. 2002; 62(2): 223–30.
Addy, M. E., et al. “Dose-response effects of Desmodium adscendens aqueous extract on histamine response, content and anaphylactic reactions in the guinea pig.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 1996; 18(1): 13–20.
Addy, M. E., et al. “An extract of Desmodium adscendens activates cyclooxygenase and increases prostaglandin synthesis by ram seminal vesicle microsomes.” Phytother. Res. 1995; 9(4): 287–93.
McManus, O. B., et al. “An activator of calcium-dependent potassium channels isolated from a medicinal herb.” Biochemistry 1993; 32(24): 6128–33.
Addy, M. E., et al. “Some secondary plant metabolites in Desmodium adscendens and their effects on arachidonic acid metabolism.” Prostaglandins Leukotrienes Essent. Fatty Acids 1992; 47(1): 85–91.
Boye, G. and O. Ampopo. “Plants and traditional medicine in Ghana.” Economic and Medicinal Plant Research 4 1990. Devon, England: Academic Press Ltd.: 33–4.
Addy, M. E., et al. “Effect of Desmodium adscendens fraction 3 on contractions of respiratory smooth muscle.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 1990; 29(3): 325–35.
Addy, M. E., et al. “Effect of Desmodium adscendens fraction F1 (DAFL) on tone and agonist-induced contractions of guinea pig airway smooth muscle.” Phytother. Res. 1989; 3(3): 85–90.
Addy, M. E., et al. “Several chromatographically distinct fractions of Desmodium adscendens inhibit smooth muscle contractions.” Int. J. Crude Drug Res. 1989; 27(2): 81–91.
Addy, M. E., et al. “Effect of Desmodium adscendens fractions on antigen- and arachidonic acid-induced contractions of guinea pig airways.” Can. J. Physiol. Pharmacol. 1987; 66(6): 820–25.
Addy, M. E., et al. “Dose-response effect of one subfraction of Desmodium adscendens aqueous extract on antigen- and arachidonic acid-induced contractions of guinea pig airways.” Phytother. Res. 1987; 1(4): 180–86.
Addy, M. E., et al. “Effects of the extracts of Desmodium adscendens on anaphylaxis.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 1984; 11(3): 283–92.
Ampopo, O. “Plants that heal.” World Health 1977. 1977: 26–30.

Antioxidant Actions:
Muanda, F., et al. "Chemical Composition and, Cellular Evaluation of the Antioxidant Activity of Desmodium adscendens Leaves." Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:620862.

Pain-relieving & Anticonvulsant Actions:
N’Gouemo, P., et al. “Effects of an ethanolic extract of Desmodium adscendens on central nervous system in rodents.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 1996; 52(2): 77–83.

Antimalarial Actions:
Brandao, M., et al. “Survey of medicinal plants used as antimalarials in the Amazon.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 1992; 36(2): 175–82.

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