Cipo Cabeludo (Mikania hirsutissima) - Antiinflammatory, Analgesic, Antitumor / General Antitumor / Leukemia
Summarized Description: Cipo Cabeludo is a very small, shrub-like vine, known for its small flowers. Taylor designates this herbal as "Mikania hirsutissima"; Duke as "Mikania banisteriae," however, both names refer to the same plant species. Like most species of the Mikania genus, with the exception of M. micrantha and M. scandens, it is endemic to South America. Other common names for this herbal include Cipo Cabelundo, Erva Dutro, and Guaco.
Uses & Protocols: Taylor notes that Cipo is not widely used outside of Brazil. (Here in Ecuador, its use has been diminished, due to extensive habitat loss.) Common indications include: albuminuria, arthritis, colic, cystitis, diarrhea, enterosis, gallstones, gastrosis, gout, hyperuricemia, intercostal neuralgia, kidney stones, lumbago, myalgia, nephrosis, neuralgia, pain, paralysis, prostatitis, rheumatism, urethrosis, and UTI's." Dosage: one capsule, two times a day. (Ethnobotanical uses include infusions at 1/2 cup twice daily; tincture: 5-10 ml., twice daily.)
Warnings & Contraindications: We recommend NOT using this herbal if you are on either diuretic or blood thinning medications, as Cipo may potentiate the effects.