Scoparia dulcis Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
scoparia-weed sweet-broom

Scoparia dulcis is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family. Common names include goatweed, scoparia-weed and sweet-broom in English, tapeiçava, tapixaba, and vassourinha in Portuguese, escobillo in Spanish, and tipychä kuratu in Guarani. It is native to the Neotropics but it can be found throughout the tropical and subtropical world. A medicinal plant, dulcis is used to treat diabetes in India and hypertension in Taiwan. In Brazil it has been used to treat various problems such as hemorrhoids and wounds, while it is used to manage sickle-cell disease in Nigeria and applied to a wide range of problems in Nicaragua, including anemia, burns and headaches. It is also used to protect the stomach from ulcers caused by indomethacin. In the laboratory, extracts of the plant have been shown to have antihyperglycemic, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties Scoparinol, an isolate of the plant, was shown to have analgesic, diuretic, and antiinflammatory activity, as well. Other active principles in the plant have been called scoparic acid, scopadulcic acid, scopadulciol, and scopadulin.

Scoparia dulcis

Medical use

Economic importance of Scoparia dulcis

Medicines folklore
Weed potential sed contaminant

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Biological activities

Anthelmintic
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
AntiHIV
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antibacterial
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Anticancer
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Anticarcinomic
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antiedemic
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antiinflammatory
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antileukemic
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antimalarial
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antimelanomic
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antinociceptive
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antiplasmodial
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antitumor
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Antiviral
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Apoptotic
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Cytotoxic
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Phospholipase-A2-Inhibitor
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root
Prostaglandin-Synthesis-Inhibitor
Betulinic-acid found in Plant (500 ppm);found in Root

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Betulinic-acid Plant 500
Root
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]