Chaparral is most commonly used for treating cancers, rheumatic pain, generalized pain, arthritis, and skin diseases. It contains a constituent called nordihydroquaiaretic acid (NDGA), which has antioxidant and anti-cancer effects. Chaparral is also used as a mouthwash.
Other: creosote bush
Larrea tridentata (Sesse & Moc. ex DC.) Coville
Plant Family: Zygophyllaceae
Now found throughout the Southwestern US, chaparral actually
originated in Argentina several thousand years ago. The stems and leaves
of the bush are covered with a sticky resin that screens leaves against
ultraviolet radiation, reduces water loss, and poisons or repels most
herbivores. This resin is used in herbal medicine and to protect wood
from insects. It received its name "creosote bush" due to the smell that
comes from it when it rains. Its extremely bitter taste keeps it safe
from animals that would otherwise graze upon it. It is also regarded as
one of the most adaptable desert plants in the world; it was one of the
first to grow back in Yucca Flats after the 1962 nuclear bomb tests done
Alpha-pinene, amino acids, beta-pinene, cobalt, gossypetin, limonene, nordihydroguaiaretic acid or NDGA
Above-ground parts of the plant.
Tinctures used to make creams and lotions for external use. Seldom found encapsulated or as an extract.
Chaparral contains lignans that are very similar to estrogen, giving
it an effect on the skin similar to that of soy taken internally.
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except
under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Consult a
qualified healthcare practitioner before use if you have any history of
liver or kidney disease. Discontinue use if nausea, fever, fatigue, or
General: We recommend that you consult with a
qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products,
particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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