Bejunco de Cerca, Butua, Cissampelos pareira, False Pareira, Feuille de Velous, Herbe des Sages-Femmes, Menispermaceae, Pareira, Patacon, Patha, Velvetleaf, Vigne Maronne, Vigne Sauvage, Xi Sheng Teng.<br/><br/>


Overview Information

Abuta (Cissampelos pareira) is an herb. People use the root, bark, and other parts that grow above the ground as medicine.

Don’t confuse abuta (Cissampelos pareira) with Abuta grandifolia, which is also referred to as abuta and is a South American medicinal plant used by indigenous people for making arrow poison.

People use abuta medicinally for a wide range of conditions. It is used for digestion problems including diarrhea, dysentery, colic, upset stomach, and stomachache; for respiratory tract problems including colds, cough, bronchitis, and asthma; for skin problems including acne, wounds, boils, burns, sores, itching, and a severe rash with fever and vomiting caused by strep bacteria (erysipelas); and for urinary tract problems including bladder and kidney infections.

Other uses include treatment of dog bites, snake bites, chills, cholera, convulsions, delirium, diabetes, fluid retention, fevers, bleeding (hemorrhage), high blood pressure, jaundice, malaria, pounding heart, rabies, arthritis-like pain (rheumatism), toothaches, sexually transmitted diseases, and eye infections.

Women use abuta to correct menstrual problems, improve fertility, treat vaginal discharges (leukorrhea), and ease childbirth.

Abuta is also used to increase urine flow (as a diuretic), to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant), to stop bleeding (as a styptic), to improve sense of well being (as a tonic), and to arouse sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how abuta might work.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Acne.
  • Asthma.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Fertility.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Malaria.
  • Rabies.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Wounds.
  • Toothaches.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of abuta for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough reliable information available about abuta to know if it is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of abuta during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for ABUTA Interactions.



The appropriate dose of abuta depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for abuta. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Ahmad, R. and Cava, M. P. Grisabine and grisabutine, new bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids from Abuta grisebachii. J Org.Chem. 6-24-1977;42(13):2271-2273. View abstract.
  • Cava, M. P., Saa, J. M., Lakshmikantham, M. V., and Mitchell, M. J. Panurensine and norpanurensine, new bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids from Abuta panurensis. J Org.Chem. 9-5-1975;40(18):2647-2649. View abstract.
  • Galeffi, C., Scarpetti, P., and Marini-Bettolo, G. B. New curare alkaloids. II. New bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids from Abuta grisebachii (Menispermaceae). Farmaco [Sci] 1977;32(12):853-865. View abstract.
  • Kupchan, S. M., Patel, A. C., and Fujita, E. Tumor inhibitors. VI. Cissampareine, new cytotoxic alkaloid from Cissampelos pareira. Cytotoxicity of bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids. J.Pharm.Sci. 1965;54(4):580-583. View abstract.
  • Morita, H., Matsumoto, K., Takeya, K., Itokawa, H., and Iitaka, Y. Structures and solid state tautomeric forms of two novel antileukemic tropoloisoquinoline alkaloids, pareirubrines A and B, from Cissampelos pareira. Chem.Pharm.Bull.(Tokyo) 1993;41(8):1418-1422. View abstract.
  • Steele, J. C., Simmonds, M. S., Veitch, N. C., and Warhurst, D. C. Evaluation of the anti-plasmodial activity of bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids from Abuta grandifolia. Planta Med 1999;65(5):413-416. View abstract.
  • Anwer F, Popli SP, Srivastava RM, Khare MP. Studies in medicinal plants. 3. Protoberberine alkaloids from the roots of Cissampelos pareira Linn. Experientia 1968;24:999. View abstract.
  • Basu DK. Studies on curariform activity of hayatinin methochloride, an alkaloid of Cissampelos pareira. Jpn J Pharmacol 1970;20:246-52. View abstract.
  • Bhatnagar AK, Popli SP. Chemical examination of the roots of Cissampelos pareira Linn. V. Structure and stereochemistry of hayatidin. Experientia 1967;23:242-3. View abstract.
  • Raintree tropical plant database, Amazon plants. www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm (Accessed 30 July 1999).
  • Ramirez I, Carabot A, Melendez P, et al. Cissampeloflavone, a chalcone-flavone dimer from Cissampelos pareira. Phytochemistry 2003;64:645-7. View abstract.
  • Schultes RE, Raffauf RF. The Healing Forest, Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazonia. Portland, OR: Dioscorides Press, 1990.

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