Get to know Espinheira Santa, the native medicinal plant of southern Brazil.
Scientific name: Maytenus ilicifolia
Higher classification: Maytenus
Espinheira santa (Maytenus ilicifolia) belongs to the Celastraceae family. It is a medicinal plant native to southern Brazil. Espinheira santa has been effective in combating stomach aches, gastritis, ulcers, heartburn, and burning due to its medicinal properties.
Nutrients: Espinheira santa has good amounts of tannins, especially epigallocatechin, which have healing power of ulcerative lesions in the stomach by controlling the production of hydrochloric acid in the organ. Tannins still have antiseptic power by paralyzing gastrointestinal and analgesic fermentations.
Essential oils, especially fridenelol, are also present in espinheira santa. This oil stands out for its gastroprotective effect. The espinheira santa also has in its composition the tonic and silicic acids, which have antiseptic and healing action.
Benefits: Good against ulcers: Espinheira santa has tannins that have the healing power of ulcerative lesions in the stomach by controlling the production of hydrochloric acid in the organs.
Fight gastritis: Espinheira santa is good in cases of gastritis. This benefit is due to the tannins present in the plant that are related to decreased secretion of hydrochloric acid by stomach cells and thus attenuate gastritis.
Relieves gases: The espinheira santa has antiseptic action, due to the significant amount of tannins, acting quickly in the paralysis of gastrointestinal fermentations and is carminative, so it is indicated in cases of gases.
Diuretic action: The espinheira santa has a slightly diuretic action due to the presence of triterpenes, bioactive compound, in its composition.
Improves intestinal transit: Espinheira santa improves intestinal transit due to mucilage present in this plant.
Relieves stomach aches: By preventing gastric acid secretion, holy thorn helps to relieve stomach pain.
Prevents skin cancer: The triterpenes found in espinheira santa have properties against skin cancer. It is noteworthy that if you have a tumor, it is important to talk to your doctor before consuming the plant.
Healing Action: The espinheira santa also has in its composition the tonic and silicic acids, which have antiseptic, and healing action.