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Samambaia contains flavonoids, alkaloids and lipids. It is a rich source of lipids and fatty acids and its therapeutic activity for psoriasis and other skin conditions is attributed to these groups of chemicals.* Within its lipids are a group of chemicals called sulphoquinovosyldiacylglycerols, (including one named calaguline) which have been documented and patented as part of the plant's "active" chemicals.* Two closely related species of these rainforest ferns (Polypodium decumanum and Polypodium leucotomos) share these same active chemicals. This rainforest fern is sold in Europe as an herbal drug for psoriasis and Alzheimer's named "Anapsos."* For more information samambaia (Polypodium sp), please refer to the Database File for Samambaia in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of samambaia, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for psoriasis and other skin conditions; for Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and memory problems; for coughs, bronchitis, chest colds, and other upper respiratory problems; for autoimmune disorders; as a general tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions); a cellular-protector, and anti-aging aid
Suggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup amounts twice daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: Reports indicate that samambaia may enhance the effects of the heart drug digitalis (a medication commonly used to increase the force of heart contractions in those diagnosed with certain heart conditions). It is therefore contraindicated in combination with digitalis, and persons with any heart condition should seek the advice of a qualified health practitioner prior to using samambaia.
Drug Interactions: May potentiate the effects of digitalis and/or other digitalis-type prescription heart drugs.