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Form: Powder in 120 capsules (30 day supply at 4 per day)

Origin: Peru

Indigenous cultures throughout the Amazon have used virtually every part of this plant as medicine. It has been used for a few thousand years for a wide range of illnesses, and conditions and is still a popular choice in herbal medicine today.

Abuta is commonly referred to as the midwives herb throughout South America because of its long history, and high value for all types of women's ailments. It has been used traditionally to prevent miscarriage, and stop uterine hemorrhages after childbirth. In the Amazon, it is still fairly common to find midwives carrying this herb for menstrual cramps and both pre, and post-natal pains, excessive menstrual bleeding, and uterine hemorrhaging

In Guyana, Palikur Indians use a abuta leaves in the form of a poultice to reduce pain topically. The Wayãpi Indians make a decoction of the leaf and stem as an oral analgesic. Kettchwa tribes of Ecuador use a decoction of the leaves to treat eye infections and snakebites. Creoles in Guyana soak the leaves, bark, and roots in rum and use it as an aphrodisiac. Other Indigenous tribes throughout Peru use the seeds for snakebites, fevers, STIs, internal/external bleeding, as a diuretic, rheumatism, irregular heartbeat, and as an expectorant.

More modern day uses in Brazil includes its use as a general tonic, diuretic, reduce fevers, menstrual cramps, difficult menstruation, excessive bleeding, uterine hemorrhages, fibroid tumors, prenatal and postnatal pain, colic, constipation, digestive difficulty, dyspepsia and to reduce pain.

In Mexico, Abuta is commonly used for very similar conditions including muscle inflammation, snakebite, rheumatism, diarrhea, dysentery, and menstrual problems


  • Decoction: 500 - 750 ml/day
  • Tincture (1:5) 6-9 ml/day
  • Tablets: 500 - 750 ml/day

General Actions:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-Abortive
  • Antiarthritic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anticancer
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Antihistamine
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antilithic
  • Antimalarial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antipyretic
  • Antiulcer
  • Hormonal Modulator
  • Diuretic
  • Emmenagogue
  • Hemolytic
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Mucolytic


  • Abuta contains a group of chemicals called isowuinoliine alkaloids. These alkaloids can be found across the genus Cissampelos and has been the subject of a large amount of research. The alkaloid tetrandrine has so far received the most attention and has been found to produce pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, and fever reducing benefits. It has also been found to possess significant anti-cancer, and beneficial effects against leukemia. However, the therapeutic range discovered to be useful against cancer is significantly higher than can be realistically obtained from the natural plant, and therefore must be extracted and concentrated in order to achieve the results found in these studies. [1].
  • Tenandrine has also been well studied as a cardiotonic and hypotensive agent through numerous pathways in the body [1].
  • Berberine can also be found in abuta, which is a fairly common alkaloid found in a wide range of plants. It has known antifungal, hypotensive, and antimicrobial actions and has been used t treat conditions such as an irregular heartbeat, cancer, Candida, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Another alkaloid, cissampeline has been used as a skeletal muscle relaxant. [1].
  • Abuta contains alkaloids, arachidic acid, bebeerine, berberine, bulbocapnine, cissamine, cissampareine, corytuberine, curine, 4-methylcurine, cyclanoline, cycleanine, dicentrine, dehydrodicentrine, dimethyltetrandrinium, essential oil, grandirubrine, hayatine, hayatinine, insularine, isochondodendrine, isomerubrine, laudanosine, linoleic acid, magnoflorine, menismine, norimeluteine, nor-ruffscine, nuciferine, pareirine, pareirubrine alkaloids, pareitropone, quercitol, stearic acid, and tetrandrine.

** Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs are provided on this site is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Many traditional uses and properties of herbs have not been validated by the FDA. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs. **

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