Samambaia (Polypodium decumanum) - Blood Purifier, Arthritis / Joint Pain / Cancer Tumors / Cancer-Related Cachexia
Summarized Description: Samambaia, for identification purposes, is also known as Phlebodium decumanum or Phlebodium pseudoaureum. Like avenca, Samambaia is a medicinal fern that is found throughout rainforests of South America, though it is thought to have originated from Honduras. Samambaia is just one member of the Polypodium genus, which has 75-100 species of true fern. Samambaia, a medium-to-large fern with long-creeping rhizomes.
Uses & Protocols: Hondurans use this herbal to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, general joint pain, and malignant tumors; in Peru, to treat coughs and problems of the pancreas. In many parts of the Amazon, it revered as a blood purifier, and general tonic -- much like Ajo Te. Health practitioners in the U.S. have also expanded its medicinal uses to include Alzheimer's, colds, flu, and disorders of the skin, respiratory, and immune systems, as well as cancer-related cachexia.
Warnings & Contraindications: May potentiate digitalis or similar prescription heart drugs. Secondly, absorption is reduced in the presence of antacids.