Common Names : Condurango or Cundurango, Eagle Vine, Eagle-Vine Bark, Marsdenia Cundurango, Condurangorinde, and Ecorce de Condurango.
The product of an asclepiadaceous vine about 30 feet long and 2 feet in diameter. The bark is beaten with a mallet to separate it from the stem when it has been sun-dried. In commerce it occurs in quilled pieces 2 to 4 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter. External surface, pale greyish brown to dark brown, nearly smooth, more or less scaly and roughened, with numerous warts or lenticels, the scales soft with sometimes a brownish-black fungus on them, inner side whity brown and longitudinally striate; fracture short, fibrous, granular; odour slightly aromatic, specially in the fresh drug; taste bitter and aromatic; yields not more than 12 per cent of ash.
Constituents: A large quantity of tannin, a glucoside and an alkaloid resembling strychnine in its action.
Part Used: The Bark
The part of Condurango that is used in medicinal remedies is the dried bark of branches and the trunk of the tree.
This bitter may be used in a whole range of digestive and stomach problems. It will relax the nerves of the stomach, making it of use in the settling of indigestion where this is affected by nervous tension and anxiety. Often used in South American folk medicine as a bitter and digestive tonic, it is a specific treatment for nervous indigestion and anorexia nervosa. Its bitterness slowly increases the appetite, as well as the stomach’s ability to process increased quantities of food. The herb is also thought to stimulate the liver and pancreas, and may be taken for liver disorders. It also encourages menstruation. The caustic white latex is applied to remove warts. Condurangogenins in condurango may prove beneficial in countering tumors. The whole plant, however, does not seem to significantly alter cancer development.
It is a digestive aid; an herbal medicine used to help food digestion, increase stomach juices, and help stimulate the appetite.
Diuretic stomachic, alterative. Has been regarded as a potential remedy for cancer and is useful in the early stages, but has no effect in the progress of the disease. There are many varieties of the plant, and the species experimented with in cancer is the Condurango blanco, which may be considered a genuine C. Cortex. It is largely used in South America as an alterative in chronic syphilis and is of great benefit.
It increases the circulation.
It is used in Homeopathic medicines too.
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