Heimia salicifolia Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
sinicuichi willow-leaf heimia

Heimia salicifolia is a species of flowering plant in the Loosestrife family, Lythraceae. It is native to the Americas, ranging from the southwestern United States through Mexico and Central America to Argentina. Common names include Shrubby Yellowcrest, Sinicuichi, Sun Opener, Willow-leaf Heimia, Sini, and Elixir of the Sun. The plant has psychoactive and medicinal properties, and has been used for a variety of ailments by native peoples in Central America and Mexico.

Heimia salicifolia

Medical use

Economic importance of Heimia salicifolia

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore

Gallery

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, Texas
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja California, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Aguascalientes, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Veracruz
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Jamaica
    • Mesoamerica: El Salvador; Guatemala
    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Western South America: Bolivia
    • Southern South America: Argentina; Paraguay

Biological activities

ACE-Inhibitor
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Abortifacient
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
AntiGTF
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
AntiHIV
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiaflatoxin
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antianaphylactic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antibacterial
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Anticariogenic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Anticataract
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Anticholinergic
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Antigingivitic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antihepatomic
Saponins found in Plant
Antihyperthyroid
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiinflammatory
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Nesodine found in Shoot
Antimalarial
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antimutagenic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Saponins found in Plant
Antioxidant
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiperiodontic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiperoxidant
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiplaque
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiplasmodial
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiprostaglandin
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Antiseptic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antispasmodic
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Antistreptococcic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antithyroid
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antitumor
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiviral
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Antiyeast
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Apoptotic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Astringent
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Cancer-Preventive
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Candida-SAP-Inhibitor
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Cytotoxic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Deiodinase-Inhibitor
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Detoxicant
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Glucosyl-Transferase-Inhibitor
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
HIV-RT-Inhibitor
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Hemostatic
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Hepatoprotective
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Hyperglycemic
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Hypotensive
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Immunomodulator
Saponins found in Plant
Juvabional
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Pesticide
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Prostaglandin-Synthetase-Inhibitor
Nesodine found in Shoot
Quinone-Reductase-Inducer
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Sedative
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Sunscreen
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Topoisomerase-I-Antagonist
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf
Tranquilizer
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Sinicuichine found in Leaf
Vasodilator
Cryogenine found in Shoot
Xanthine-Oxidase-Inhibitor
Ellagic-acid found in Leaf

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
6"-o-methylverticillatine Plant
Abresoline Plant
Alkaloids Shoot 18,000
Anelisine Plant
Cryogenine Shoot
Dehydrodecodine Plant
Demethyllasubin Plant
Ellagic-acid Leaf
Fat Seed 287,000
Heimidine Shoot
Heimine Shoot
Lyfoline Shoot
Lythridine Plant
Lythrine Plant
Nesodine Shoot
Protein Seed 216,000
Saponins Plant
Sinicuichine Leaf
Sinine Shoot
Vertine Shoot
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]