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Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis).

Plant Part Used: Aerial parts: leaf, stem, flower.

Dominican Medicinal Uses: Leaf: tea, orally, for indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, anxiety, nervousness, stress and menopausal symptoms and to cleanse the blood.

Safety: Animal studies show low to moderate toxicity; leaves considered relatively atoxic.

Laboratory & Preclinical Data: In vivo: analgesic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, hypotensive, hypertensive (plant/leaf extracts).

In vitro: antioxidant, antispasmodic, insecticidal, nematicidal, spasmogenic (plant/leaf extracts).

* See entry for Verbena in “Part 3: Dominican Medicinal Plant Profiles” of this book for more information, including references.

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