J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 3(suppl. 1): S158, 2015

Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Pharmacology of Natural Products FAPRONATURA 2015  September 21st-25th, 2015; Cuban Society of Pharmacology. Topes de Collantes, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.



León Y.

LABIOFAM Entrepreneurial Group. Sancti Spíritus branch. Bartolomé Masó No. 106, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. Phone: (041)332113, 333878. E-mail:,


Introduction: The Justicia secunda Vahl is an exotic plant in Cuba, belonging to the family Acanthaceae that is cultivated as medicinal and ornamental all over the country. This species does not appear in the taxonomic referential literature of the Cuban flora, neither in the principal works of medicinal and aromatic plant studies, which indicates that this plant has recently been introduced in our country and that due to its wide-spreading behavior; has it had qualities of persistent and aggressive establishment after cultivation. With the objective of investigating about the information and popular use of this species, a survey to the population of the Health Center Area of the Sancti Spíritus municipality between Januarys – March of 2012 was performed. Methods and Results: Two-hundred people were chosen at random for the sample. It was found that most of the interviewees corresponded to elders of 40 years. The popular names they referred were sangre de Cristo (Christ’s blood), yerba de la sangre (blood Herb), tapón, arnica, chicota (Chicot) and tilo mejicano (Mexican Tile). Ten percent of people affirmed that it comes from the Oriental region of our country. The popular uses given to this plant are: Antidiarrheal 52 %, analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent 35%, anesthetic 3%, prevention and treatment of prostatic affections 2%, to heal 1%, anti fungus 1%, sedative 1%, the rest, did not know the plant. People use its foliage of oral way as decoction and for local use as frictions in maceration. Adverse reactions were not reported after the administration of the preparations in any of the pharmaceutical forms. Conclusions: These results prove that the experience of our grandparents offers a safe medicine based in the evidence and in the observation of nature, which is transmitted from generation-to-generation.


Citation Format: León Y (2015) Ethnomedical study of the Justicia secunda plant. [Abstract]. In: Proceedings of the FAPRONATURA 2015; 2015 Sep 21-25; Topes de Collantes, Sancti Spiritus: CSF. J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 3(Suppl. 1): S158. Abstract nr PETM-66.