Brunfelsia Grandiflora (Manacá) Leaves or Root Bark
Discover the power of Brunfelsia grandiflora, also known as Chiriq sanango, a plant that has been traditionally used by Amazonian people for centuries. We offer leaves and shredded root bark of this amazing shrub, which is abundant in Brazil and the Islands of the Caribbean. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful ornamental plant or a natural remedy for various ailments, Brunfelsia grandiflora is the perfect choice.
The Cofan tribe shamans in Peru have long used Brunfelsia grandiflora roots and barks to make tea, which is believed to provide the power of seeing into the body of an ill patient. The herb has also been used for ceremonies of ritual healing and other religious observances. In the river basin of Amazon, the leaves, roots, and root barks are added to Ayahuasca brews, producing a brew blessed by plant and animal spirits.
Brunfelsia grandiflora is a shrub that can grow up to three meters tall and develop long, oval leaves up to twelve inches long. The plant’s most striking feature is its beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers with up to five petals elegantly arranged in varying shades of lavender, dark blue, light purple, and white. Its periodic blossoming makes it an excellent ornamental plant that can add beauty and serenity to any household. Brunfelsia grandiflora is also known as Bella Union, Borrachero, Chacruco, Chipiritsontinbaka, Chiricaspi Salvaje, Chiric Sanango, Huha Hay, Kiss-me-quick, Manaka Root, Sanango, Picudo, Royal Purple largeflower brunfelsia, and chiricsanango. The shrub propagates via cuttings or through its roots, making it easy to grow.
Brunfelsia grandiflora has been used by tribes in the Amazon to treat various ailments, including symptoms of syphilis, snake bites, yellow fever, and arthritis. A tropical rub made from the plant is also helpful in treating rashes and insect bites. In modern medicine, the plant’s active alkaloid scopoletin has been demonstrated to regulate blood pressure and has anti-inflammatory characteristics, making it useful for treating asthma and other bronchial disorders.
Brunfelsia grandiflora contains alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides, and other bioactive compounds that are responsible for its therapeutic properties. Scopoletin is the plant’s most active alkaloid, which has been shown to have antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory effects. The plant also contains other alkaloids such as normelicopicine, melicopicine, melicopein, and melicoside.
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