[Vietnamese: seeds = hot dieu, hot dieu mau]
Main Preparation Method: leaf infusion
Main Actions (in order): antimicrobial, diuretic, digestive stimulant, hepatoprotective (liver protector), hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol)
Main Uses: as a topical antiseptic for ear, eye, and skin infections for digestive problems (heartburn, constipation, stomachache) for prostate and urinary infections for hypertension for high cholesterol levels
Properties/Actions Documented by Research: aldose reductase inhibitor (linked to diabetic complications), antibacterial, antihemorrhagic (reduces bleeding), antivenin
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: antacid, hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol), anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aperient (mild laxative), aphrodisiac, astringent, digestive stimulant, diuretic, febrifuge (reduces fever), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), wound healer
Cautions: It may potentiate medications used to treat hypertension.
Seed Medicinal Summary:
Main Preparation Method: seed maceration or capsules
Main Actions (in order): antioxidant, hepatoprotective (liver protector), insect repellant, diuretic, hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol)
Main Uses: to tone, balance, and strengthen liver function and for hepatitis and liver inflammation/pain for high cholesterol for skin care and skin anti-aging (for its antioxidant and ultraviolet ray [UV]-protective effect) as a strong diuretic for high blood pressure
Properties/Actions Documented by Research: antioxidant, hepatoprotective (liver protector), hyperglycemic; also used as a food-coloring agent
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: expectorant, hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), insect repellant, wound healer
Cautions: It might raise blood sugar levels and may potentiate medications used to treat hypertension.
Medicinal Data from The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs, Leslie Taylor, 2005 http://rainforest-database.com/plants/annato.htm
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