Buddleja volubis Lam.
Secamone saligna Decne.
Secamone volubilis is a vigorous climbing shrub. Its twining stems can reach into the tops of trees[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Africa - Réunion, ?Mauritius.
Residual semi-arid forests and in rocky localities at elevations up to 550 metres[
An infusion of the aerial parts, combined with parts of other plants, is used as a wash on children suffering from childhood eczema[
]. When taken internally, it is used as a purgative[
The leaf infusion makes a refreshing drink, which in turn helps to purify the blood, diminish fever, lower blood pressure. It also helps to promote the ripening of boils and treat hernia and diabetes[
The aerial parts, combined with those of Persicaria poiretii, are crushed and taken in water to treat liver problems[
Preliminary phytochemical screening of the aerial parts confirmed the presence of flavonoids, tannins, saponins, terpenes and sterols[
]. It has been observed that plants harvested in the hot and dry season yielded fewer compounds than those harvested during the rainy period[
Methanol or dichloromethane extracts of the leaves manifested weak free radical scavenging activity in vitro, and no antioxidant activity[
Ethanol or water extracts of the leaves showed weak antihypertensive activity in vitro[
A latex oozes from wounds in the plant. No uses are mentioned.
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