Abuta (Cissampelos pareira) - Hepatoprotective, Analgesic, Antitumor
Summarized Description: Abuta is a tropical, medicinal shrub found throughout the Amazonian region of South America and in select parts tropical Asia and Africa, where Abuta plays prominently in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. In each herbal tradition, Abuta is known for its benefits for a wide variety of "woman's issues." Midwives throughout South America use the vine or root to "prevent a threatened miscarriage and to stop uterine hemorrhages after childbirth."
Other important properties include: stops or mitigates bleeding, analgesic, antiinflammatory, lowers blood pressure, is hepatoprotective, prevents convulsions, and balances hormones. Other common names include Velvetleaf, Akanadi, Barbasco, Pejuco Petillo, among many others.
Uses & Protocols: Anamu is normally taken either via capsules, tincture, or orally (capsule/tablet). The recommended dosage is 1-2 grams, two or three times per day.
Warnings & Contraindications: Abuta should not be consumed beyond the recommended dosage. Taken to excess, it is -- much like bloodroot -- quite toxic . . . although it has been used as an antidote to other poisons (HHD).