Espinheira Santa (Maytenus ilicifolia) - Ulcers, Gastritis, Constipation
Summarized Description: Espinheira Santa (Holy Thorn) is a small evergreen tree that grows up to 5 meters in height. It's name comes from its thorny leaves and berries, which resemble holly. This variety of Maytenus is found in various locations throughout the Amazon.
Uses & Protocols: A tea made from Espinheira Santa (Holy Thorn) has long been used in Brazil to treat indigestion, ulcers, chronic gastritis, and dyspepsia. Elsewhere in South America, it is used for anemia, cancer, constipation, liver disorders, and as a contraceptive. Extensive studies have been conducted on this medicinal herb, based on its long-standing use to successfully treat ulcers and even cancer. Unlike many medicinal herbs that we carry, this herb has extremely low toxicity, meaning that most "overdosages" do not carry dangerous consequences. (Two reports shows no toxicity on rats and mice up to 1 g. per kg. of body weight!)
This herbal is one of several members of the Maytenus genus that has showed "potent anti-tumor and antileukemic activities "in vivo" and "in vitro" at very low dosages. (Taylor, p. 277)
Warnings & Contraindications: Not recommended for women seeking to get pregnant, already pregnant, or with estrogen-positive cancers.