Herbs & Plants

Desmodium triflorum

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Botanical Name : Desmodium triflorum
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Desmodium
Species: D. triflorum
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Fabales

*Desmodium parvifolium Blanco
*Desmodium granulatum (Schumach. and Thonn.) Walp.
*Hedysarum triflorum L.
*Meibomia triflora (L.) Kuntze

Common Names ;  
Creeping tick trefoil, Three-flower beggarweed (English);  Amor-do-campo (Portuguese);  Hierba cuartillo (Spanish);  Daun mules, Jukut jarem, Delilan (Indonesia);  Rumput barek putih, Sisek tenggiling (Malaysia);  Kaliskis-dalag, Himbispuyo, Gumadep (Philippines);  Smau hae lolook (Cambodia);  Ya-klethoi, Ya-tanhoi, Ya-tansai (Thailand);  Trang qua ba hoa (Vietnam);  Kuddalia (India);  Olmud (Palau);  Konikoni, Vakathengu (Fiji);  Kihikihi (Tonga).

Habitat : Desmodium triflorum is native to tropical countries  of the world.

A small prostrate annual or perennial legume with a woody taproot.  Strongly branched stems to 50 cm frequently rooting at the nodes to form a mat.  Trifoliate leaves with leaflets up to 12 mm long and 10 mm wide.  Inflorescence with a cluster of 1–3 pink to purple flowers in leaf axils.  Pods flat, segmented, 6–18 mm long and 2–3.5 mm wide with 3–5 articles, and covered with minute hooked hairs.  The upper suture straight and the lower suture constricted between the articles.  Pods break up into segments when ripe.  Seed quadrangular to orbicular ca1.2 x 1.7 mm..

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Medicinal Uses:

The plant is used in traditional medicine, in order to treat various health problems. A decoction made with the roots of Desmodium triflorum can help treat respiratory problems, such as asthma and coughing. This decoction can also be consumed in order to treat stomach aches or rheumatism.

The leaves are known to help with dysentery, indigestion, and diarrhea. They can even be used to treat children who are having these problems. The plant has antiseptic properties. Therefore, by using the leaves, you can also treat skin problems. A leaf paste can help with wounds, sores, itches, abscesses, ulcers, and skin eruptions.

Side Effects:      There are no known side effects when it comes to Desmodium triflorum. Although not much is known about this, watch out of symptoms of allergic reactions if you’re using the plant for the first time.

Other Uses;
A naturalised component of short (grazed) native and sown pastures, where it can form up to 50% of the herbage.  Creeping mat can provide good ground cover during the wet season, especially in mown or closely cut uses such as under plantation crops and in lawns.

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.


Herbs & Plants

Burbur (Desmodium molliculum)

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Botanical Name:Desmodium molliculum (Kunth) DC
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Desmodieae
Subtribe: Desmodiinae
Genus: Desmodium
Species: Desmodium molliculum
“manayupa”, “beggar lice”, “hard man”, “hard stick”, “strong back”. Spanish: “manayupa”, “margarita”, “pega-pega”. Peru “manayupa”, “manayupana”. Mexico “amor seco”, “escobilla”, Purépecha: “Uekaku K’arhiri”. Portuguese: “barba de boi”, “carrapicho”. Others: “burbur”, “dipinda dimukuyi”, “dusa karnira”, “mundurana”, “owono-bocon”.
Habitat: South American, probably native to Central Andes (Peru). It grows wild in Central and South America, in the equatorial and circumecuatorial zone, at elevations of 1,000 to 3,500 m a. s.

DESCRIPTION: Creeping herb up to 1 m long, perennial, branching (that is, forming mats of multiple branches), stem thin, up to 50 cm tall. Leaves: Trifoliate, stipulated. Flowers: Small, papilionate (butterfly-like), light purple, arranged in racemes. Fruit: An indehiscent legume called a loment, green, lineal, flattened; seeds kidney-shaped.
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The plant that is harvested between 1,000 meters to 3,500 meters above sea level in Peru. Nutramedix, U.S. producer of Burbur, utilizes a proprietary extraction and enhancement process that makes this product far more effective than any other Desmodium molliculum product available.

PROPERTIES: Antianaphylactic, antiasthmatic, antiallergic, antimicrobial, mild antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antiparasitic (Ascaris lumbricoides), antitumor, antiviral, aperitive (stimulates the appetite); against gastritis (acute and chronic), against oxalate kidney calculi; chronotropic (controls the rate of contraction of the heart), depurative, digestive (favours or assists the process of digestion), diuretic, hepatoprotector, hypertensive (soyasaponins, hordenine), hypolipidemic, mild hypotensive (astragalin), immuno-modulator, inotropic (increases the force of contraction of cardiac muscle), improves kidney functions, blood detoxifier, sedative.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION:· Organic Acids · Steroids· Saponins:· Dehydrosoyasaponin I· Soyasaponin I· Soyasaponin II. Soyasaponin III· Soyasaponegol B; (common aglycone of soyasaponins I-IV· Other triterpenoids saponines· Astragalin· Beta-phenylarethylamine· Cosmosiin · Cyanidino-3-orthosoforoside· Hordenine· Pelargonidin-3-ortho-rhamnoside· Salsoline· Tectorigenin· Tetrahydroisoquinolines· Tyramine.

Medicinal Use Of Burbur:





The herb in Burbur has been traditionally used for its body cleansing properties. It is very effective in aiding detoxification of the liver, kidneys, lymphatics and the ground matrix. Burbur is commonly used in conjunction with powerful antimicrobials produced by Nutramedix, Samento and Cumanda. Many health care professionals have reported that Burbur can be used in place of 6 detox remedies. In many cases a significant healing crisis (Herxheimer’s reaction) can be dramatically reduced or eliminated with the use of Burbur.

There are no known contraindications, no known side effects and no known interactions with other drugs when using Desmodium molliculum products like Burbur. In May 2005, toxicology studies were conducted on Nutramedix Burbur at the University of Guayaquil, Ecuador. No toxic effects were reported even when laboratory rodents received 120,000 times the equivalent human dose.

Infusion: As prevention measure, drink one cup daily, like tea. As treatment, prepare an infusion with 3 spoonfuls of dried leaves per liter of water; drink 3 times daily for 14 days. Its diuretic effect can be reinforced with a natural diuretic, like corn silk. Decoction . Boil one handful (20 g aprox.) of dried material in 1 liter of water for 5 minutes; drink 2 glasses a day.

Not recommended for pregnant women and children less than 3 years of age. In very high doses, it has an antinutritional effect, inhibiting assimilation of proteins from the digestive tract.

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.



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