Salacia

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Celastrales
Familia: Celastraceae
Genus: Salacia
Species: S. amplectens - S. cordata - S. crassifolia - S. elliptica - S. impressifolia - S. laevigata - S. paniculata - S. scandens

Name

Salacia L.

Salacia is a genus of plants in the family Celastraceae.

Medicinal Uses

Several species in this genus of plant have been used in traditional medical systems for thousands of years, particularly in the Ayurveda system from India. Uses have included treatment of diabetes, obesity, gonorrhea, rheumatism, itching, and asthma. Recently, it has gained popularity in the US, Japan, and other countries for the prevention of diabetes and obesity. Studies have shown that extracts from some species (Salacia oblonga and Salacia reticulata) activate multiple cell receptors and metabolic processes that would have beneficial effects in diabetes.[1]

Selected species:

* Salacia fimbrisepala
* Salacia mamba
* Salacia miegei
* Salacia oblonga
* Salacia petenensis
* Salacia reticulata


References

1. ^ "Salacia Root". http://www.medical-weight-loss-guide.com/salacia.html. Retrieved 2008-09-26.

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