Gonolobus cundurango Triana
Marsdenia reichenbachii Triana
Pseudomarsdenia cundurango (Rchb.f.) Schltr.
Common Name: Condurango
Condurango is a vigorous climbing shrub, producing woody stems up to 9 metres long and up to 60cm in diameter[
The plant has a long history of traditional use and is often harvested from the wild. It has become increasingly popular in modern herbalism, particularly for treating digestive problems.
Western S. America - Peru, Colombia, Ecuador.
High mountain jungles and cloud forests at elevations between 2,000 - 3,000 metres[
Condurango has long been used by the indigenous peoples of S. America, who valued the bark especially for treating a variety of digestive and stomach problems[
Modern research has shown that the plant contains a range of medically active compounds, including a group of novel glycosides and steroids, chlorogenic and caffeic acids, as well as various cyclitols, flavonoids, and coumarin derivatives[
In studies, the plant has shown anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions[
In vitro studies have shown it to be highly active against the mycobacterium that causes tuberculosis but inactive against any of the viral strains they tested it against[
Its use has been shown to increase levels of various digestive enzymes and juices in the stomach[
In modern herbal medicine, the bark is considered to be analgesic, appetite stimulant, bitter, carminative, cholagogue, haemostatic, stomachic and tonic. It is used for a variety of digestive disorders, including appetite loss, dyspepsia, gastralgia, gastritis, stomach aches, stomach cancer and stomach ulcers - it is especially recommended for bleeding gastric ulcers[
]. It is also used to treat neuralgia and rheumatism[
]. The plant has also been used in treating cancer, though this use has not as yet been validated[
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