What are the benefits that you can get from Serpentina? One is, this is good for diabetic in regulating or lowering blood sugar levels. Another is, it is also known for its antibiotic property making it potent remedy for infections when we are having coughs and colds. In some research about the said plant, there are a lot more benefits that we can get from this bitter herb like the following:
Analagesic – pain killer
Anti-inflammatory – reduces swelling
Antibacterial – has a remarkable effect in reducing diarrhea and other bacterial infections
Antimalarial – helps prevent parasite infection and multiplication in the blood stream
Antihepatotoxic and Hepatoprotective – eliminates liver toxins and protects liver and gall bladder
Antipyretic – reduces fever
Antithrombotic – blood clot prevention. Helps prevent heart attack.
Antiviral – inhibits viral activity including HIV (further studies are being made)
Antioxidant – fights free radicals
Canceolytic – cancer fighter or better to say cancer killer
Cardiopotective – protects heart muscles
Choleretic – increases the flow of bile
Depurative – cleans the system especially the blood stream
Expectorant – releases mucus in the respiratory system
Hypoglycemic – lowers blood sugar and protect against diabetes
Immune enhancer – increases immune system
Vermicidal – kills intestinal worms
It can be used against coughs, headaches, edema, earache, pain conditions, inflammation and muscular pain, arthritis, rheumatism, fibro myalgia, multiple sclerosis, depression, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, candida, lupus, diabetes, piles, fevers, fatigue, hepatitis, herpes, leprosy, loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes and other lymphatic conditions, jaundice, dyspepsia, dermatitis, eczema, burns, pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis, chicken pox, mumps; sluggish liver, spleen, kidneys and adrenal glands; sleeplessness, vaginitis, and constipation.
On the other hand, cautions must be taken with this plant because there are records but rare cases of skin itching. Also, it is not recommended for breastfeeding and pregnant women due to its abortive effect.
There are various ways to prepare and use this plant. It can be taken dried leaves or infusion. Most literature suggest that you need to take 5 to 6 grams of dried leaves per day. And with KS Serpentina leaves grounded and powdered and then placed in gelatin capsules, you just need to take it as a supplement. Preparing it as tea is quite okay if you can stand the bitterness.
Serpentina has many uses that could benefit our health. This variety of plant has very low toxicity and no over-dosage cases have been reported. Perhaps it is because unlike any other herbs, you won’t wish to have more than the recommended dosage due to its extreme bitterness.
Insomnia 250 mg – 1 gram in divided dose per day.
For hypertension – 250 mg – 2 gram in divided dose per day.
In the treatment of schizophrenia – 500 mg – 4 grams in divided doses per day, is the maximum dose.
Hysteria – 1 g with cow milk
Side effects –
It is contra indicated in – Bronchial asthma, Duodenal ulcer, Hyperacidity, Renal disorders.
Because it stimualtes uterus, this herb should not be used during pregnancy.
This medicine should be used strictly under medical supervision.
It is not suitable to be used in cases of depression.
It is not ideal to use this in children and after delivery.
It is not ideal to take this medicine along with Digoxin, Levodopa.
Special care is needed when it is administered along with other medicines for high BP. The combined effect may lower the BP to a great extent.
Its sleep enhancing effect may further increase if taken by an alcoholic. Hence, precaution is needed.
When in doubt, please feel free to ask about the safety of the medicine prescribed, with your doctor.