Latin name: Selenicereus grandiflorus Common name: Night Blooming Cactus/Cereus
Parts used: Flowers & young stems
Constituents: Alkaloids (cactine), flavonoids (isorhamnetin)
Medicinal actions: Cardiac tonic, anthelmentic
Medicinal use: A valuable remedy for the heart. Stimulates the action of the heart, increasing the strength of contractions while slowing the heart rate. It is prescribed for various conditions including angina and low blood pressure, and is often given as a tonic during recovery from a heart attack. The juice of the whole plant is also given to expel worms, and the stems and flowers are used in treatment of rheumatism.
Toxicity: May cause stomach upset and hallucinations
Contraindications: Should only be taken under professional supervision.