Hintonia latiflora

Botanical Name :Hintonia latiflora
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Hintonia
Species: H. latiflora
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Gentianales
Synonyms:Latiflora Coutarea Moc & Sesse; Coutarea pterosperma (Watson) Standley
Common Name :Copalquin

Habitat : Originally from Mexico. . It lives in warm climates, semi, dry and warm between 80 and 1200msnm. Wild plant, associated with deciduous and semi-deciduous tropical forest, thorn forest, cloud forest, oak forest and pine.

Description:
Shrub or tree to 8 m tall, with gray stems. It has pairs of leaves in bright green and covered with hair on the back.  Its flowers are large, white and pendants when they are in white button are green.  The fruit is blackish yellow and dry warts.The picture shows a sample herbarium in which the original colors have changed over the drying proces..

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Constituents:
The bark contains a fixed oil, resin and acid neutral, color and tannins, have also been identified coumarins 5-beta-3′-4’galactoil-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-4-phenyl-coumarin, the acetylated derivative 6 ‘monohydroxylated derivative in 4′ and 5-beta-glucoside and5-beta-glucosyl-3′-4’-7-trihydroxy-4-phenyl – coumarin, flavonoid luteolin 7-methyl-and triterpene 3 -beta-glucosyl-23-24-dihydroxy-cucurbitacin.

Medicinal Uses:
For nausea and vomiting; with fever and great weakness; for water retention and kidney weakness that accompanies lingering illnesses.  It is sometimes used to treat diabetes but it probably inadvisable to use it for this purpose.    The bark is used as a febrifuge and anti-malarial remedy in many parts of Mexico; the bark is harvested from the Alamos region, made into capsules in Navojoa and sold commercially, and it is like-wise harvested in many other parts of Mexico. Known as “Amargo” because of the bitter flavor, the tea is drunk as a purgative for intestinal parasites, as an energy tonic, and to “restore the blood”, and reduce fevers. This tea is often used when the seasons change from hot to cool weather. The bark is made into a wash to lower fevers. The bark is also added to Suwí-ki as a fermentation catalyst. Bark is utilized to reduce fevers, malaria, gastro-intestinal problems, blood purifier. For bile, the bark is boiled and the tea is drunk for diabetes, water is boiled and a piece of bark is added.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hintonia_latiflora
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hintonia_latiflora
http://www.medicinatradicionalmexicana.unam.mx/monografia.php?l=3&t=&id=7361
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_C.htm

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