Featured Herb: Spilanthes!
A field of Spilanthes might look like something out of a Dr Seuss book, but is a great herb to demonstrate to a skeptic the powerful medicinal properties found in plants. Whether you might call Spilanthes “toothache plant” or “psychedelic gumdrops”, a quick nibble of this plant is potent. Spilanthes is traditionally used for its oral antiseptic, anesthetic and sialagogue (saliva-producing) qualities. Current research has focused on Spilanthes': antipyretic activity, antiinflammatory activity, analgesic activity, local anesthetic activity, antimicrobial activity, antifungal activity, antimalarial activity, antioxidant activity, vasorelaxant activity, diuretic activity, and immunostimulant activity. For more information, here is an pubmedabstract and links to the full article.
High therapeutic potential of Spilanthes acmella: A review
Veda Prachayasittikul,1 Supaluk Prachayasittikul,*,2 Somsak Ruchirawat,3 and Virapong Prachayasittikul1
EXCLI J. 2013; 12: 291–312.
Published online 2013 Apr 4.
Spilanthes acmella, a well known antitoothache plant with high medicinal usages, has been recognized as an important medicinal plant and has an increasingly high demand worldwide. From its traditional uses in health care and food, extensive phytochemical studies have been reported. This review provides an overview and general description of the plant species, bioactive metabolites and important pharmacological activities including the preparation, purification and in vitro large-scale production. Structure-activity relationships of the bioactive compounds have been discussed. Considering data from the literature, it could be demonstrated that S. acmella possesses diverse bioactive properties and immense utilization in medicine, health care, cosmetics and as health supplements. As a health food, it is enriched with high therapeutic value with high potential for further development.
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High therapeutic potential of Spilanthes
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"Each species [of herb] is alive with an inner life, a flash of energy from the Divine fiat, which is the guiding rule, the life, the purpose of that organism. Each of them represents a lesson, an awareness, a piece of ancient wisdom which we can perceive and learn from, enriching our lives and giving us meaning. The conjunction of their essence with our own brings us knowledge, life, and healing"
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