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Mimosa tenuiflora (Willd.) Poir.

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Abstract

The use of Mimosa tenuiflora ([Willd.] Poir.) dates back to pre-colonial American civilizations. This plant has been used for a variety of purposes, such as magic-religious rituals; as a medicinal resource with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and cicatrization properties; for fence construction and as a fuel. It contains high concentrations of tannins and flavonoids, which are mainly used to treat skin diseases. M. tenuiflora also contains N,N-dimethyltryptamine, a tryptamine alkaloid with psychoactive properties, which causes changes in humans’ mental states. Therefore, most of the studies on the bioactive compounds of M. tenuiflora have focused on its psychoactive actions and on the effectiveness of the flavonoids and tannins for cicatrization.

Keywords

  • Skin tree
  • Fabaceae
  • Jurema
  • Psychotropic plants
  • Tepezcohuite
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Mimosa tenuiflora ([Willd.] Poir.)

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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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Alves, A.S.A., Santos, G.C., Albuquerque, U.P. (2018). Mimosa tenuiflora (Willd.) Poir.. In: Albuquerque, U., Patil, U., Máthé, Á. (eds) Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of South America. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World, vol 5. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1552-0_31

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