Night Blooming Cereus Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Night-blooming cereus comes from the stems and flowers of a cactus called Selenicereus grandiflorus. This plant is native to tropical and subtropical America, including the West Indies.
A fleshy, creeping, rooting shrub, stems cylindrical, with five or six not very prominent angles, branching armed with clusters of small spines, in radiated forms. Flowers, terminal and lateral from the clusters of spines, very large 8 to 12 inches in diameter, expanding in the evening and only lasting for about six hours, exhaling a delicious vanilla-like perfume. Petals are white, spreading, shorter than the sepals, which are linear, lanceolate, outside brown, inside yellow. Fruit ovate, covered with scaly tubercles, fleshy and of a lovely orange-red colour, seeds very small and acid. The flower only lasts in bloom about six hours and does not revive- when withered, the ovary enlarges, becomes pulpy and forms an acid juicy fruit, something like a gooseberry. The plant was brought to the notice of the medical profession by Dr. Scheile but it aroused little interest till a homoeopathic doctor of Naples, R. Rubini, used it as a specific in heart disease. The flowers and young stems should be collected in July and a tincture made from them whilst fresh. The plant contains a milky acrid juice.
Common doses of Night Blooming Cereus
Night-blooming cereus is available as a liquid extract and tincture. Some experts recommend the following doses:
Uses of Night Blooming Cereus herb
Specifically, night blooming cereus may help to :-
Side effects of Night Blooming Cereus
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of night-blooming cereus:
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use nightblooming cereus while taking:
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
Although night-blooming cereus contains a digitalis-like chemical, researchers haven't studied it as a substitute for digitalis drugs (such as Lanoxin) or as a treatment for heart conditions. Medical experts strongly recommend getting medical advice before using this herb for heart problems or while taking prescribed heart drugs.
Other names for Night Blooming Cereus
Other names for nightblooming cereus include Cactus grandiflorus, Cereus grandiflorus, large-flowered cactus, queen of the night, sweet-scented cactus, and vanilla cactus.
Products containing night-blooming cereus are sold under such names as Cactus Grandiflorus, Cactus-Hawthorn Compound, Cereus Grandiflorus, and NightBlooming Cereus.
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