Equisetum giganteum L.

  • Ivanilda Soares Feitosa
  • Rafael Corrêa Prota dos Santos Reinaldo
  • Augusto César Pessôa Santiago
  • Ulysses Paulino AlbuquerqueEmail author
Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 5)


Equisetum giganteum L. is a fern with numerous uses in popular medicine in Latin and Central America. In particular, it is used as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent and to treat ophthalmologic and renal disorders. E. giganteum is also used for pest control and as a fertilizer in agriculture due to its high silicon content. It possesses antidiabetic and antifungal activities. Several compounds have been identified from this species, namely tannins, flavonoids and alkaloids.


Medicinal ferns Traditional use Equisetaceae Flavonoids Oleoresin 



We are especially grateful to the National Institute of Science and Technology in Ethnobiology, Bioprospecting and Nature Conservation, certified by CNPq, with financial support from FACEPE (Foundation for the Support of Science and Technology of the State of Pernambuco).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivanilda Soares Feitosa
    • 1
  • Rafael Corrêa Prota dos Santos Reinaldo
    • 1
  • Augusto César Pessôa Santiago
    • 2
  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos, Departamento de BotânicaUniversidade Federal de Pernambuco, Cidade UniversitáriaRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratory of Biodiversity (Laboratório de Biodiversidade). Biology Nucleus (Núcleo de Biologia)Federal University of Pernambuco (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco), Vitória Academic Center (Centro Acadêmico de Vitória), Bela VistaVitória de Santo AntãoBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de BotânicaCentro de Biociências, Universidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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