Abrus precatorius L.

Nota de alcance (en)

Stem: Bark decoction for stomachache, thrush, colds, coughs, sore throat and asthma; emollient; extract for cancer treatment.

Stem and Leaf: In French Guiana, the stems and leaves are mixed with the leaves, stems and roots of Zea mays for a tisane used to remedy mild inflammations of the urinary tract, diarrhoea, aphthae and hoarseness.

Leaf: Boiled with leaves of Tamarindus indica, Annona muricata and Lantana camara in a syrup for chest colds.

Seed: Decoction for chronic ulcers and ophthalmia, specifically trachoma of the conjunctiva.

Plant toxicity

Chemical constituents: Seed poisonous, containing the toxic abrin and abric acid. Plant extracts have been used as an effective oral contraceptive


Traditional Medicinal Uses: A decoction of the leaves has been prescribed for
scurvy, cough, bronchitis, sprue and hepatitis and as a refrigerant.... more on the book

Toxicity: abortificient. Ingestion of Abrus seeds resulted in pulmonary oedema
and hypertension. Abrine can cause coma, confusion, convulsions,
dehydration, gastroenterosis and hypotension.

Phytoconstituents: Abrectorin, abricin, abridin... more on the book

Origin: Native to Pakistan, India, Ceylon and tropical Africa; and introduced
widely in the New and Old World.[

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) Robertt, A., et al.. Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana)/Smithsonian NMNH. cited online: 17-08-2017

2) A guide to medicinal plants / Hwee Ling, Koh; Tung Kian, Chua; Chay Hoon, Tan. Singapore:  World vScientific Public Co. Pte. Ltd., 2009. p 289 p.

Abrus precatorius L.
Término aceptado: 16-Abr-2018