Latin: Alchornea floribunda
Parts Used: Bark and leaves
Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, mild aphrodisiac, antifungal, antimicrobial
Actions: Coming to us from Peru and parts of South America, the leaves and bark of this small tree have long been used by indigenous peoples for its pain relieving qualities. Iporuru also is at times used as an ingredient to make the classic hallucinogen ayahuasca (along with banisteriopsis caapi) though it is not hallucinogenic by itself. The pain relieving quality is attributed to particular anti-inflammatory alkaloids (such as alchorneine). Ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout and neuralgia are commonly treated with this traditional remedy. There is some evidence that it acts to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis that leads to muscular and joint inflammation. The leaf is also used to treat impotency and as a general aphrodisiac.
Dosage: 2-4 tsp in pint of hot water decocted for 40 minutes- to 2 x/day. As tincture 1-3 ml to 3 x/day.
Contraindications: Avoid while pregnant, nursing, with other pharma pain and sedative meds. Excessive dosing of this plant can lead to severe discomfort and gastric distress. This is not a plant that has been studied greatly and should be treated with caution.