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Uzara Root Xysmalobium undulatum
Medicinal Use By Herbalists:
Wounds, and abscesses, anti-diarrheal(eek sorry!), headaches, painful menstrual cramps, antispasmodic - "preventing or relieving spasms", spasms - "a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of a muscle", indigestion, malaria and other fevers including typhoid. Infusions cause perspiration, emetic in poisoning ( emetics cause vomiting thus helping the body free itself from poison ), colic and abdominal troubles, tonic - "producing and restoring normal tone.", dysentry - "Dysentery is an inflammation of the intestine causing diarrhea with blood.", stomach carminative(An agent that prevents or relieves flatulence (gas in the gastrointestinal tract), antidote to food poisoning, cattle medicine for lumpy skin disease, cardiovascular tonic.
Personally I think this stuff blends well with regular tea, and black tea. It has a taste that's similar to that of Goldenseal, and I find it's properties to be on board as well. I mix it with Honey, or even "toss and wash" it, which is to take it raw and chase it with a drink. It goes great in tinctures with Chamomile and My Native American friends even add it to their shampoo. It's simple enough, add a few drops of Uzara tincture straight to the bottle. Actually, use more than a few drops ( a few dropper fulls ).
Origin: South Africa
Cultures who historically prized Uzara: Zulu people of South Africa, Xhosa people of Africa, Mpondo people, Tswana.
Phytochemical constituents: uzarin, xysmalorin; ( both glycosides ), two H-17beta isomers known as: allouzarin and alloxysmalorin.
Interesting Note: Uzara was introduced to the pharmaceutical market in 1911 as a new intestinal sedative (antidiarrhoicum).
Psychoactive Effects: "These cardiac glycosides may have psychoactive properties" - Department of Anthropology & Development Studies, Rand Afrikaans University , South Africa ( link in references )
Aside from personal experiences with Uzara, the science behind the phytochemicals is only well understood by the researchers fortunate enough to conduct the studies. Please understand that I don't want you to take anything on here as a medical claim My main points are that there is scientific research into the chemical constituents that "herbal remedies" create. The information is available to the public via .gov websites, however; it's nearly impossible to understand unless you are familiar with the terminology. I provide citations towards the bottom of every page of scholarly origins using Googles Scholarly Search Tool. Always talk with a doctor first, and research the potential negative side of natural substances.
Folk Lore History: Protective charm to divert storms, aiding dogs to be keen hunters. ( Got info with sources? Email
If you check out some of the references on this page you will notice several government websites called pubmed and pubchem. They know so much about these phytochemicals that it would blow your mind. For some reason, most of these chemicals never seem to make it to any sort of clinical evaluations. Even after researchers have studied plenty of them from various botanical species, classified them, and successfully used plenty of them pharmacologically in various studies. You'll also see a pattern of pattens on naturally occurring chemicals. Despite how much I back up my work, and actively avoid making false claims, there will be those who don't like what I do. I just want the western world to follow the foot steps of the Germans. In Germany, the science of herbalism is widely accepted on a mainstream level. Herbalism is practiced in their hostpitals! This could be us!
Uzara root has been known by shamanic like culutures ( cultures like the Native Americans ) as an "oneirogen". I've dedicated an entire page of this website to herbal oneirogens, which can be found under the main menu ( top left corner of every page ). These are plants or substances which are believed to enhance your dreams or clarity there of. THIS is what got me interested in "xysmalobium undulatum" as it's scientifically referred to as. I decided to mix it with Calea zachatechichi, and Jasmine ( Because I've done research on them and found they have a history of use as oneirogens as well ) and give it a shot. I was thoroughly impressed with the results. The taste wasn't that bad either... It taste much better than Calea, I can tell you that.. Then again, just about any herb taste better than zachatechichi. I really enjoy creating new "herb infusions" as I call them. Browse around on this site, and you'll learn about a whole lot of them that you never heard of else where!
My conclusions are based on what I know about this plant. It has a vast history of use as a sacred medicine by herbalists everywhere, and even believed "metaphysical properties" ( used as a tool by Mystics, Shamans, Etc ). Seeing as how researchers around the world have conducted phytochemical studies, and that there have been supposed successful historic medicinal applications of this plant, AND the fact that these phytochemicals are even being sold on the Internet, I'm confident that this stuff is legitimate. See, for people who don't believe in herbal medicine, they simply do not know the facts. If you don't believe me, google "buy uzarin" ( a phytochemical that the Uzara plant produces using phytosynthesis. ) Still, there are those who will not market or blog ethically, and make it look bad for all of us. Stay safe guys, and above all, stay educated and well.
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