Embauba Powder - Cecropia, palmata, peltata, obtusifolia Embauba Powder

Cecropia peltata

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Embauba contains glycosides, lipids, alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, cardenolids, triterpenes, polyphenols, steroids, and proanthocyanidins. It has been traditionally used throughout the Amazon rainforest for asthma and other upper respiratory conditions for many years.* For more information on embauba (Cecropia sp) , please refer to the Database File for Embauba in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of embauba, click here. Check out the new Discussion Forums to see if anyone is talking about how they are using this natural rainforest remedy.

Traditional Uses:* for asthma; for upper respiratory problems (coughs, bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, pulmonary sarcoidosis); for upper respiratory bacterial and viral infections; for high blood pressure; for Parkinson's disease

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 amounts, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.

  • Not to be taken during pregnancy.
  • Embauba has demonstrated hypotensive activity in animal studies. It is probably contraindicated in persons with low blood pressure.
  • Embauba has demonstrated a hypoglycemic effect in animals and humans. It is contraindicated for persons with hypoglycemia. Diabetics should use this plant with caution as blood sugar levels should be monitored closely.
Drug Interactions: None reported in the literature; however, embauba may enhance the effect of blood pressure drugs and anti-diabetic drugs.

Third-Party Published Research*

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

Bronchodilator Actions:
Carbajal, D., et al. “Pharmacological screening of plant decoctions commonly used in Cuban folk medicine.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 1991; 33: 21–4.

Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Muscle-Relaxant & Pain-relieving Actions:
Costa, G., et al. "Chemical and pharmacological aspects of the genus Cecropia." Nat Prod Commun. 2011 Jun;6(6):913-20.
Perea Guerrero, C., et al. “A pharmacological study of Cecropia obtusifolia Bertol. aqueous extract.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2001; 76(3): 279–84.
Feng, P. C., et al. “Pharmacological screening of some West Indian medicinal plants.” J. Pharm. Pharmacol. 1962; 14: 556–61. 

Antimicrobial Actions:
Rojas, J. J., et al. “Screening for antimicrobial activity of ten medicinal plants used in Colombian folkloric medicine: A possible alternative in the treatment of non-nosocomial infections.” BMC Complement. Altern. Med. 2006 Feb; 6(1): 2.
Zavala, M. A., et al. “Antimicrobial screening of some medicinal plants.” Phytother. Res. 1997; 11(5): 368–71.
Lopez Abraham, A. N., et al. “Potential antineoplastic activity of Cuban plants.” Rev. Cubana Farm. 1981; 15(1): 71–7.
Misas, C. A. J., et al. “Contribution to the biological evaluation of Cuban plants. I.” Rev. Cub. Med. Trop. 1979; 31: 5.

Hypoglycemic & Anti-diabetic Actions:
Costa, G., et al. "Chemical and pharmacological aspects of the genus Cecropia." Nat Prod Commun. 2011 Jun;6(6):913-20.
Castaņeda, A., et al. "Antimutagenic activity of two medicinal phytoextracts in somatic cells of Drosophila melanogaster." Pharm Biol. 2011 Jun;49(6):640-7.
Andrade-Cetto, A., et al. "Gluconeogenesis inhibition and phytochemical composition of two Cecropia species." J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Jul 6;130(1):93-7.
Alonso-Castro, A., et al. "Cecropia obtusifolia Bertol and its active compound, chlorogenic acid, stimulate 2-NBDglucose uptake in both insulin-sensitive and insulin-resistant 3T3 adipocytes." J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Dec 8;120(3):458-64.
Andrade-Cetto, A., et al. "Alfa-glucosidase-inhibiting activity of some Mexican plants used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes." J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Feb 28;116(1):27-32.
Revilla-Monsalve, M., et al. "Hypoglycemic effect of Cecropia obtusifolia Bertol aqueous extracts on type 2 diabetic patients." J Ethnopharmacol. 2007 May 22;111(3):636-40.
Lans, C. A. "Ethnomedicines used in Trinidad and Tobago for urinary problems and diabetes mellitus." J. Ethnobiol. Ethnomedicine. 2006 Oct 13; 2: 45.
Andrade-Cetto, A., et al. "Disease-Consensus Index as a tool of selecting potential hypoglycemic plants in Chikindzonot, Yucatan, Mexico." J. Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Sep; 107(2): 199-204.
Nicasio, P., et al. “Hypoglycemic effect and chlorogenic acid content in two Cecropia species.” Phytother. Res. 2005; 19(8): 661-4.
Andrade-Cetto, A., et al. "Mexican plants with hypoglycaemic effect used in the treatment of diabetes." J. Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Jul; 99(3): 325-48.
Herrera-Arellano, A., et al. “Clinical trial of Cecropia obtusifolia and Marrubium vulgare leaf extracts on blood glucose and serum lipids in type 2 diabetics.” Phytomedicine. 2004 Nov; 11(7-8): 561-6.
Andrade-Cetto, A., et al. “Hypoglycemic effect of Cecropia obtusifolia on streptozotocin diabetic rats.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2001; 78(2–3): 145–9.
Raman-Ramos, R., et al. “Experimental study of hypoglycemic activity of some antidiabetic plants.” Arch. Invest. Med. 1991; 22(1): 87–93.
Mellado, V., et al. “Effect of the aqueous extract of Cecropia obtusifolia on the blood sugar of normal and pancreatectomized dogs.” Int. J. Crude Drug Res. 1984; 22(1): 11–16.
Perez, R. M., et al. “A study of the hypoglycemic effect of some Mexican plants.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 1984; 12(3): 253–62.

Hypotensive & Heart Tonic Actions:
Guerrero, E., et al. "Vasoactive effects of different fractions from two Panamanians plants used in Amerindian traditional medicine." J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Sep 15;131(2):497-501.
Ramos Almeida, R., et al. “Activity of Cecropia extract on contractility of cardiac and smooth muscles in wistar rats.” Clin. Exp. Pharmacol. Physiol. 2006 Jan; 33(1-2): 109-13.
Consolini, A. E., et al. “Cardiotonic and sedative effects of Cecropia pachystachya Mart. (ambay) on isolated rat hearts and conscious mice.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Jun 15; 106(1): 90-6.
Consolini, A. E., et al. “Cardiovascular effects of the South American medicinal plant Cecropia pachystachya (ambay) on rats.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Jan; 96(3): 417-22
Lacaille-Dubois., et al. “Search for potential angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)-inhibitors from plants.” Phytomedicine. 2001; 8(1): 47–52.
Salas, I., et al. “Antihypertensive effect of Cecropia obtusifolia (Moraceae) leaf extract on rats.” Rev. Biol. Trop. 1987; 35(1): 127–30.
Vidrio, H., et al. “Hypotensive activity of Cecropia obtusifolia.” J. Pharm. Sci. 1982; 71(4): 475–6.

Diuretic Actions:
Hullatti, K., et al. "Phytochemical investigation and diuretic activity of Cyclea peltata leaf extracts." J Adv Pharm Technol Res. 2011 Oct;2(4):241-4.
Costa, G., et al. "Chemical and pharmacological aspects of the genus Cecropia." Nat Prod Commun. 2011 Jun;6(6):913-20.
Vargas Howell, R., et al. “Diuretic effect of Cecropia obtusifolia (Moraceae) on albino rats.” Rev. Biol. Trop. 1996; 44(1): 93–6.

Antioxidant & Wound-Healing Actions:
Nayak, B. S. et al. "Cecropia peltata L (Cecropiaceae) has wound-healing potential: a preclinical study in a Sprague Dawley rat model." Int. J. Low Extrem. Wounds. 2006 Mar; 5(1): 20-6.
Desmarchelier, C. J., et al. "Pharmacological activity of South American plants: effects on spontaneous in vivo lipid peroxidation." Phytother. Res. 2003; 17(1): 80-2.
Velazquez, E., et al. “Antioxidant activity of Paraguayan plant extracts.” Fitoterapia. 2003; 74(1–2): 91–7.

Anti-anxiety Actions:
Rocha, F. F., et al. “Evaluation of the anxiolytic-like effects of Cecropia glazioui Sneth in mice.” Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav. 2002; 71(1-2): 183-90.

Non-Toxic Actions:
Castaņeda, A., et al. "Antimutagenic activity of two medicinal phytoextracts in somatic cells of Drosophila melanogaster." Pharm Biol. 2011 Jun;49(6):640-7.
Toledo, V., et al. "Genotoxicity testing of Cecropia obtusifolia extracts in two in vivo assays: the wing somatic mutation and recombination test of Drosophila and the human cytokinesis-block micronucleus test." J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Feb 28;116(1):58-63.

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