Scoparia dulcis Health effects and herbal facts
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.
Economic importance of Scoparia dulcis
potential sed contaminant