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A neglected Mayan galactagogue - ixbut (Euphorbia lancifolia).
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PMID:  7033669     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A herbal tea, made of leaves of ixbut (Euphorbia lancifolia Schlecht.), has been used for several centuries by postpartum Mayan women in Guatemala to stimulate and increase the flow of mother's milk. Ixbut, when mixed with cattle fodder, is reputed to have increased milk yields in cows. To date, the active principle of ixbut has never been isolated. However, this medicinal herb, a natural galactagogue of Central American origin, would appear to be worthy of further chemical and pharmacological study. The following illustrated article describes the history and use of ixbut, and includes chromatographic analyses of dried ixbut leaves from Guatemala.
F Rosengarten
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ethnopharmacology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0378-8741     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ethnopharmacol     Publication Date:  1982 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-03-22     Completed Date:  1982-03-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903310     Medline TA:  J Ethnopharmacol     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-112     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Central America
Galactorrhea / chemically induced*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Lactation / drug effects*
Lactation Disorders / chemically induced*
Middle Aged
Phytotherapy / history*

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