THE DESMODIUM (Desmodium adscendens)
Where did he come from?
Desmodium provides valuable support to the functioning of the liver by regenerating its cells. It is a major plant for all liver diseases and to accompany a detox cure. This perennial plant, which wraps around palm trees or cocoa trees, is particularly native to equatorial Africa. The origin of Desmodium comes from the Greek “desmos” which means “link” or “beam”, and alludes to the stamens that gather in tubes at their extremities and “adscendens” represents the properties of aerial parts in climbing the trunks of oil palms in damp and shady places.
In Africa, it is mainly used by traditional practitioners for various liver diseases including viral hepatitis.
How can we describe it botanically?
Desmodium is, in short, a herbaceous legume more or less perennial in moist places, commonly surrounding itself around trunks. The leaves are trifoliated alternate. The flowers are light purple and the fruits are also green pods. It is mainly native to the tropical and equatorial regions of Africa.
What is it made of?
Desmodium consists mainly of polyphenols, anthocyanosides, flavonoids, alkaloids and triterpenoid saponosides.
What are its main pharmacological properties?
Desmodium protects liver cells from damage caused by hepatotoxic substances. A clinical study has also shown its effectiveness on the evolution of myalgia, jaundice, transaminases, bilirubin and negativation of the HbS antigen in half of cases in 45 days in the context of viral hepatitis B. This study was conducted on 50 patients with viral hepatitis. Desmodium treatment (3 times a day) was therefore given to them for 45 days.
Desmodium also causes in vivo and high doses (1 mg/kg) a depression of the central nervous system which results in:
- dose-dependent analgesia
- decreased motor activity and exploratory behaviour
- a decrease in the tonic phase of convulsions induced by pentylentetrazole and kainic acid, as well as an inhibition of the spread of seizures.
What are the indications of Desmodium?
- Viral Hepatitis A and B at the Start Stage
- Asthma and allergies
- Chronic bronchitis
- Back pain
- Muscle and joint pain
- Epilepsy (neuroprotective effect)
- Preventing the side effects of chemotherapy
- Cellular liver failure
- Anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory pain from referred liver pain
What are the job precautions?
- Contra-indicated in pregnant or lactating women, as well as in children under 12 years of age
- Risk of nausea and diarrhea
- No drug interactions have been reported to date
How to take it and at what dosage?
- 10 grams per day in 15-minute decoction in liver cell damage, three-week treatment
- 7 to 8 grams in other cases (allergy, preventive action in chemotherapy)
In masterful preparation
Here is the dosage of Fluid Extracts of Fresh Plants Standardized in Glycere solution (EPS):
1 c. coffee morning and evening for 1 month, renewable 3 months, to dilute in a large glass of water
- Viral Hepatitis A, B, C: Desmodium – Cypress
- Toxic, drug-related hepatitis: Desmodium – Black Radis
- Post-hepatitic anorexia: Desmodium – Gentiane
- Prevention of asthma attack, spasmodic tote: Desmodium – Plantain launched
- Urticary disease, skin diseases following liver function (pruritus…) In: Desmodium – Bardane