Research and phytochemical study from Ortega, et al, published in NIH website mentioned that Cuachalalate is an endemic plant of Mexico and belongs to the Julianiaceae family. It is a resinous and dioecious plant and is a medicinal plant commonly used in Mexico. Its curative properties are: cholesterol lowering, anti-inflammatory, antiulcerous agent. The results of a preliminary study regarding its potential use as an anti-inflammatory showed that the compound alpha-hydroxymasticadienonic acid demonstrated strong anti-inflammatory activity (Olivera-Ortega et al., 1999).
A decoction made from the bark is drunk for the treatment of stomach problems and gastric ulcers (Quattroicchi, 2012). In Mexican traditional medicine, the tree bark is decocted and drunk as a tea for a myriad of health problems such as gastric ulcers, liver problems, as a blood purifier, to treat kidney infections, to lower cholesterol, for gall bladder stones, mouth ulcers, toothache, intermittent fevers, varicose veins, diabetes, against typhoid fever, malaria, and stomach cancer. The bark macerated in water is drunk during the day for ulcers. For wounds, a tea is drunk or the pulverized bark is applied to the skin. The white gum or resin of the tree is applied to the skin to treat boils or abscesses. The bark decoction is applied topically as a wash for skin problems or rashes in babies, for hair loss, for bites and stings from poisonous animals, as an aid to wound healing, intra-vaginally for infections, puerperal fever, vaginal secretions, for displaced uterus, and for “coldness” of the uterus.
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