Larrea tridentata Common name: Chaparral
Part used: Aerial
Constituents: Flavone aglycones (18 different ones); Dihydroflavonol; Larreic acid; Guaiuretic acid lignins including nordihydroguaiuretic acid (NDGA), Quercetin bioflavonoids
Actions: Antimicrobial, hepatic stimulant, hypolipidemic, anti-hepatoxic, anti-peroxidant, anti-rheumatic
It will enhance the absorption of dietary fats via its choleretic action while lowering LDL and VLDL levels. The hepatic stimulation combined with the antioxidant actions make it useful in various arthralgias including osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. Is bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal and is useful in the treatment of gastroenteritis, vaginitis, impetigo, folliculitis and various dermatophytic infections. It must be taken or applied frequently to produce results, but rarely fails to reduce or eliminate the infection. Is used by some practitioners as an anti-cancer therapy. May be most useful in the prevention of cancer, particularly melanoma cancer (high sensitivity to the anti-carcinogenic and anti-neoplastic effects of chaparral).
Toxicity: Avoid long-term use due to the presence of alkaloids. A 1-2 month vacation every 2-3 months is advisable to avoid any long-term toxicity.