Pareira Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Other names :- Pareira brava, Velvetleaf, Butua and pareira radix.
Pareira is the source of curare, a poison that Amazonian and other South American Indians used when hunting. Curare quickly paralyzes an animal hit with a curare tipped dart or spear. Tubocurarine, the modem medicine made from pareira, is used to relax a patient's muscles during surgery and other medical procedures.
A woody vine, climbing a considerable height over trees; very large leaves, often 1 foot long with a silky pubescence, on the inner side grey colour; flowers dioecious in racemes; in the female plant the racemes are longer than the leaves, bearing the flowers in spike fascicles; the berries, first scarlet, then black, are oval, size of large grapes in commerce. The root is cylindrical in varying lengths from 1/2 inch to 5 inches in diameter and from 2 or 3 inches to several feet long; externally blackish brown, longitudinally furrowed, transversed knotty ridges; it is hard, heavy, tough, and when freshly cut has a waxy lustre; interior woody, reddy yellow; transversed section shows several successive eccentric and distinctly radiate concentric zones of projecting secondary bundles fibro-vascular. Stem deeply furrowed; colour grey and covered with patches of lichen; odour, slight, aromatic, sweetish flavour, succeeded by an intense nauseating bitterness, yielding its bitterness and active properties to water or alcohol
Common doses of pareira
Pareira is available as dried roots and stems and as powders or granules. In homeopathic preparations (such as Pareira Complex), it's typically combined with other plant species.
Some experts recommend the following doses:
Uses of pareira herb
Side effects of pareira
Call your health care practitioner if you experience unusual symptoms while using pareira.
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use pareira while taking:
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
The prescription drug tubocurarine (derived from pareira) has a definite role in modern medicine. However, use of pareira as an herb has little supporting evidence. Its potential risks outweigh any possible but unproven therapeutic benefits.
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