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This Samoa plant would be as effective as ibuprofen | Digital Trends Spanish

A team of researchers identified anti-inflammatory properties of a plant that has been used for centuries in traditional Samoan medicine.

According to experts, it is the plant popularly known as matalafi, which would be as effective in reducing inflammation as ibuprofen.

Its scientific name is Psychotria insularum and consists of a small shrub from the tropical forest native to the South Pacific regions.

Indigenous communities in Samoa have used the leaves of the plant as medicine for several generations. These uses cover a wide variety of inflammatory conditions ranging from fever to swelling to skin infections.

The new study discovers how matalafi could generate its anti-inflammatory effects. According to the researchers, it contains compounds that bind to iron, which helps the body eliminate excess of this mineral in the body.

The work also highlights two of the main compounds in the plant, which are rutin and nicotiflorine, which confer anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects.

“These are traditional medicines that our people have used for hundreds of years, and now we are discovering that science supports the existence of genuine activity in some of our medicines,” explained indigenous Samoan scientist Seeseei Molimau-Samasoni.

“I want to emphasize that traditional medicines must be investigated through science before they are widely administered. We still have to take more steps ”, he adds.

The results of this innovative study have been published in the journal PNAS.

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