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Ipomoea pes-caprae plants Ipomoea pes-caprae flower

Description: Ipomoea pes-caprae (L.) Sweet is a seaside trailing herb. The stems are long and the roots are found at the nodes. Leaves are simple, ovate, quadrangular or rounded, 2.5 cm by 10 cm, with slender petioles. Cymes are 1-3 flowered; the 5 sepals are ovate and blunt. The flower funnel is about 3-5 cm long. The plant bears dehiscent capsules (1.2 cm) containing hairy seeds that break up easily.[1-4]

Origin: Native to the Pantropic.[5]

Phytoconstituents: Pescaproside A & B, pescapreins I-IX, stoloniferin III, E-phytol, ^-damascenone and others.[4,6-12]

Traditional Medicinal Uses: The juice squeezed from the plant is used by the Malays to treat fish stings.[3] In Burma, infusions of the plant with rusted iron are used to cure gynaecologic haemorrhages. [4] In India, the plant is known to be cooling, astringent and laxative. It is used internally as an emollient in Vietnam.[4,13] The plant has also been administered for headache.[14] In Thailand, it is used to treat dermatitis caused by jellyfish (e.g., Portuguese man-of-war).[15] The leaves are used in Indonesia to hasten the bursting of boils and used externally for injured feet. Sap from the young leaves are boiled in coconut oil and used to treat sores and ulcers. In the Philippines, the boiled leaves are used to treat rheumatism and fungal infection.[3,413] In Papua New Guinea, decoctions of the leaves are applied to sores. On the Solomon Islands, preparations of the leaves are ingested for digestive troubles.[4] The seeds are chewed with areca nut to sooth abdominal pains and cramps or consumed alone as a purgative.[313] Decoctions of the tubers are also ingested to treat bladder problems.[4]

Pharmacological Activities: Analgesic,[16] Antidiabetic,[17] Anti-inflammatory,[11618] Antiplatelet aggregation,[14] Antiviral,[4] Antivenom,[419] Collagenase inhibitory activity,[12] Muscle relaxant[415] and Prostaglandin synthesis inhibition.[9]

Dosage: No information as yet.

Adverse Reactions: No information as yet.

Toxicity: No information as yet.

Contraindications: No information as yet.

Drug-Herb Interactions: No information as yet.

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