HERBALIST SPACE // Effect of phytomethabolites reported in Plectranthus neochilus

in Natural Medicine2 months ago

In the previous deliveries of our herbal space, I have been emphasizing the therapeutic and prophylactic potentialities that have the multiple secondary phytomethabolites that are present in plant species, emphasizing the positive action that these substances exhibit on our health, and simultaneously highlighting the use of the main tropical species, by attaching experimental and clinical information related to each of the phytopharmacological properties prescribed by these species.

In this opportunity, I wanted to synthesize the phytopharmacological content of the plant specimen with the scientific name Plectranthus neochilus, and the vernacular designation Boldo rastrero, or Boldo Paraguayo, Coleus, Espanta mascotas.

Fig. 2 Apical vegetative segment of Plectranthus neochilus. Author: @lupafilotaxia.

Phytometbolites reported in Plectranthus neochilus

According to experimental and clinical reports obtained at phytochemical level, the positive effects that phytomethabolites present in the foliar laminae of Plectranthus neochilus have on health are due to the action of the following bioactive substances; diterpenes, triterpenes, sesquiterpenes, flavonoids, phenolic compounds and polyphenolics, and some strong>essential oils based on volatile compounds such as monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and phenylpropanes.

It is known that extracts of Plectranthus neochilus counteract the main pathologies of infectious nature caused by virus and bacteria, besides exhibiting favorable and therapeutic answers in carcinogenic, dermatological, gastrointestinal, viral, of analgesic action, and antifungal.

Fig. 3 Herbaceous and pubescent stems Plectranthus neochilus. Author: @lupafilotaxia.

The most favorable element, when ingesting extracts of Plectranthus neochilus, is that unlike the adverse reactions exerted by phytometbolites present in other plant specimens, there is a lower probability that phytosubstances of Plectranthus neochilus produce adverse effects, Therefore, to date there are few counter-indications, since its use both handmade and phytopharmacological have proven to be more viable in patients with viral, bacterial, analgesic action, and antioxidant responses.


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 2 months ago 

Interesting. what is the common name?

In Venezuela it is known as Acetaminophen, however, its common designation is blue coleus, lobster flower.

¡Que publicación tan buena! Sí, esta planta se conoce en mi país, Venezuela, como acetaminofén, y se utiliza su cocimiento para tratar diversas afecciones, desde la gripe hasta malestar estomacal. Es sumamente olorosa, a veces su olor es tan fuerte que se asemeja al del zorrillo. No sabía el nombre científico de la planta, como tampoco sus elementos químicos, así que aprendí algo nuevo y valioso gracias a este maravilloso post. Muchas bendiciones para tí.

What a great post! Yes, this plant is known in my country, Venezuela, as acetaminophen, and its decoction is used to treat various conditions, from the flu to an upset stomach. It is extremely smelly, sometimes its scent is so strong that it resembles that of the skunk. I did not know the scientific name of the plant, nor its chemical elements, so I learned something new and valuable thanks to this wonderful post. Many blessings to you.

Gracias por la visita y valoración positiva, me alegra que hayas encontrado útil la publicación. Saludos cordiales, nos seguimos leyendo.

Seguro que sí, muchas bendiciones y abrazos.