A review of some of the chemicals found in bellaco caspi might explain some of the many traditional uses of this tropical rainforest tree. An antitumor iridoid compound and two depside chemicals have been isolated from bellaco caspi bark. In addition, two iridoid chemicals called plumericin and isoplumericin have been found in the tree bark and the latex. These two chemicals have been reported with cytotoxic, anticancerous, antifungal and antibacterial actions in laboratory research.
To learn more about bellaco caspi (Himatanthus sucuuba), go to the Tropical Plant Database file on Bellaco-Caspi. To see photographs of bellaco-caspi, click here. More information on bellaco caspi can also be found in the Anti-Cancerous Guide and the new Antimicrobial Guide.
Traditional Uses:* as a wound healer and broad spectrum antimicrobial (bacteria, fungi, candida); for tumors and cancer; for lymphatic cleansing, inflammation, and infections; for endometriosis, uterine fibroid tumors, menstrual irregularities and pain, ovarian cysts and ovarian inflammation; as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic for arthritis, back pain, and muscle injurySuggested Use: Take 2-3 500mg capsules daily or as directed by a health care practitioner.