Justicia pectoralis Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
death-angel

Justicia pectoralis is a herb of the Acanthus family. This water-willow is widely known as tilo in Latin America. In Haiti it is called chapantye and zeb chapantyè on Dominica and Martinique. Other folk names are carpintero, té criollo, curia, death-angel, masha-harivari, or "piri piri kiri kos kesh". This species was described by Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1760, who provided additional data in 1763. A well-marked variety, var. stenophylla, was described by Emery Clarence Leonard in 1958.

Justicia pectoralis

Medical use

Economic importance of Justicia pectoralis

Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - San Luis Potosi
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda - Antigua; Barbados; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Puerto Rico; St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines - St. Vincent
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

Biological activities

Abortifacient
Betaine found in Plant
Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Allelochemic
Coumarin found in Plant
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Allergenic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Analgesic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Anesthetic
Coumarin found in Plant
Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
AntiAGE
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
AntiCFS
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
AntiCTS
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
AntiLyme
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
AntiPMS
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antiacne
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antiacrodynic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antiaggregant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Antiaging
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antiakathisic
Iron found in Leaf (495 ppm)
Antialcoholic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antiallergic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antialzheimeran
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antiamblyopic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antiandrogenic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antianemic
Iron found in Leaf (495 ppm)
Antianginal
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antianorectic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antiarabiflavinotic
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antiasthmatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antiatherosclerotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antibackache
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antibacterial
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antiberiberi
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antibrucellosic
Coumarin found in Plant
Anticancer
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Anticanker
Iron found in Leaf (495 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Anticarcinomic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Anticardiospasmic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Anticarpal-Tunnel
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Anticataract
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Anticephalagic
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Anticervicaldysplasic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Anticheilitic
Iron found in Leaf (495 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Antichilblain
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Anticold
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Anticolitic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Anticonvulsant
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Anticoronary
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antidecubitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antideliriant
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antidementia
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antidepressant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antidermatitic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antidiuretic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antidyspeptic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antidysphagic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antieczemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiedemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antiencephalitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiencephalopathic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antiendometriotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiepileptic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antiesherichic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antifatigue
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antifibrotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antigallstone
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antigastritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Betaine found in Plant
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antigingivitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiglaucomic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiglossitic
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Antihangover
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antiheartburn
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antihemorrhagic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antihepatitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antihepatotoxic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiherpetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antihistaminic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antihomocystinuric
Betaine found in Plant
Antihyperactivity
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antihyperkeratotic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antihypertensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Antiichythyotic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antiinfertility
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antiinsomnic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antikeratitic
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Antilepric
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antileukoplakic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antilipoperoxidant
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antilithic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antilupus
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antilymphedemic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antimaculitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antimastitic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antimeasles
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antimelanomic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antimenopausal
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antimenorrhagic
Iron found in Leaf (495 ppm)
Antimetastatic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antimigraine
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antimitotic
Coumarin found in Plant
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antimononuccleotic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antimutagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antimycoplasmotic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antimyoatrophic
Betaine found in Plant
Antimyocarditic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antineuralgic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antineuramidase
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antineurasthenic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antineuritic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antineuropathic
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antinitrosic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiobesity
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Antiorchitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiosteoarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiosteoporotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Leaf (2335 ppm)
Antioxidant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Antiozenic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antipapillomic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antiparkinsonian
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antiparotitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antipellagric
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Antiperiodontitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antiphotophobic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Antipityriasic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antipneumonic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antipodriac
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antipoliomyelitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Antiporphyric
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antiproliferant
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antiprostaglandin
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antipsittacotic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antipsoriac
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Antipyretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiradicular
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Antiretinotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antirheumatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antirhinitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiscorbutic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antiscotomic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antiseptic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antishingles
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antistaphylococcic
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Antistress
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antisyndrome-X
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Antitoxoplasmotic
Coumarin found in Plant
Antitumor
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Antiulcer
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Antivertigo
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Antiviral
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Antixerophthalmic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Leaf (2335 ppm)
Apoptotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Asthma-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Bacteristat
Coumarin found in Plant
Beta-Blocker
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Beta-Glucuronidase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Bruchiphobe
Betaine found in Plant
Coumarin found in Plant
COX-1-Inhibitor
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
COX-2-Inhibitor
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Calcium-Antagonist
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Leaf (2013 ppm)
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Candidicide
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Carcinogenic
Coumarin found in Plant
Cardiodepressant
Coumarin found in Plant
Cardioprotective
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Betaine found in Plant
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Cardiotonic
Coumarin found in Plant
Chemopreventive
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Choleretic
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Circulotonic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Cold-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Collagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Colorant
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
DME-Inhibitor
Coumarin found in Plant
Detoxicant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Diuretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Betaine found in Plant
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Emetic
Coumarin found in Plant
Emmenagogue
Betaine found in Plant
Estrogenic
Coumarin found in Plant
Ethanolytic
Betaine found in Plant
Expectorant
Betaine found in Plant
Fibrinolytic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Fistula-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Fungicide
Coumarin found in Plant
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Gastroprotective
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Hemorrhagic
Coumarin found in Plant
Hepatoprotective
Betaine found in Plant
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Hepatotoxic
Coumarin found in Plant
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Hypnotic
Coumarin found in Plant
Hypocholesterolemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Hypolipidemic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Hypotensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Hypouricemic
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Immunomodulator
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Phosphorus found in Leaf (2335 ppm)
Insectifuge
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Interferon-Synergist
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Interferonogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Juvabional
Coumarin found in Plant
Larvistat
Coumarin found in Plant
Laxative
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Lipotropic
Betaine found in Plant
Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Lithogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Lymphocytogenic
Coumarin found in Plant
Lymphokinetic
Coumarin found in Plant
Mucogenic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Betaine found in Plant
Mucolytic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Narcotic
Coumarin found in Plant
Neuroprotective
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Osteogenic
Phosphorus found in Leaf (2335 ppm)
Ovicide
Coumarin found in Plant
Perfumery
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Pesticide
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Betaine found in Plant
Coumarin found in Plant
Thiamin found in Leaf (2.7 ppm)
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Phagocytotic
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Coumarin found in Plant
Photoactive
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Piscicide
Coumarin found in Plant
Prooxidant
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Iron found in Leaf (495 ppm)
Respirodepressant
Coumarin found in Plant
Rodenticide
Coumarin found in Plant
Sedative
Coumarin found in Plant
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Serotoninergic
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Sunscreen
Umbelliferone found in Plant
Thymoprotective
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Ubiquiot
Beta-carotene found in Leaf (178 ppm)
Uricosuric
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Urinary-Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Vasodilator
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (44200 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (187000 ppm)
Niacin found in Leaf (165 ppm)
Vulnerary
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (1867 ppm)
Xanthine-Oxidase-Inhibitor
Umbelliferone found in Plant

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Ascorbic-acid Leaf 280 1,867
Ash Leaf 23,000 153,000
Beta-carotene Leaf 27 178
Betaine Plant
Calcium Leaf 6,630 44,200
Carbohydrates Leaf 82,000 547,000
Coumarin Plant
Fat Leaf 6,000 40,000
Fiber Leaf 28,000 187,000
Iron Leaf 74 495
Kilocalories Leaf 440 2,935
Niacin Leaf 25 165
Phosphorus Leaf 350 2,335
Protein Leaf 39,000 260,000
Riboflavin Leaf 2,013
Thiamin Leaf 0.4 2.7
Tryptamines Plant
Umbelliferone Plant
Water Leaf 850,000
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]