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Many biologically active compounds have been discovered in anamu, including flavonoids, triterpenes, steroids, and sulfur compounds. Anamu contains a specific sulfur compound named dibenzyl trisulfide. In a University plant-screening program anamu was one of 34 plants identified with active properties against cancer. The researchers reported that dibenzyl trisulfide was one of two of the active compounds in anamu with anticancerous actions.* Anamu also contains the phytochemicals astilbin, benzaldehyde, and coumarin, all three of which have been documented with anticancerous and antimicrobial actions as well.*
For more information about anamu (Petiveria alliacea), please refer to the Database File for Anamu in the Tropical Plant Database. To see photographs of anamu click here. More information on anamu can also be found in the new Anti-Cancerous Guide and the Antimicrobial Guide.
Traditional Uses:* for cancer and leukemia; for immune disorders (to stimulate immune function and immune cell production); for colds, flu, and viruses; for Candida and other yeast infections; for urinary tract infections
Suggested Use: Take 2-3 500 mg capsules twice daily or as directed by a health care professional.
Contraindications: Methanol extracts of anamu were reported to cause uterine contractions in animal studies, therefore, it is contraindicated in pregnancy.
Drug Interactions: None published. Due to anamu's natural coumarin content, however, it is conceivable that it might potentiate the effects of coumadin (Warfarin®).
1. Anamu contains a low concentration of coumarin, which has a blood thinning effect. People with blood disorders, such as hemophilia, should be monitored closely for this possible effect.
2. This plant has been shown to have hypoglycemic effects in mice. People with hypoglycemia should be monitored more closely for this possible effect.