Antiinflammatory, Analgesic, Antitumor
General Antitumor / Leukemia

Cipo Cabeludo

Cipo Cabeludo
(Mikania hirsutissima)

Code: BOS228 -- Price: $14.50
120 Capsules x 500 mg.

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Summarized Description: Cipo Cabeludo is a very small, shrub-like vine, known for its small flowers. Taylor designates this herbal as "Mikania hirsutissima"; Duke as "Mikania banisteriae," however, both names refer to the same plant species. Like most species of the Mikania genus, with the exception of M. micrantha and M. scandens, it is endemic to South America. Other common names for this herbal include Cipo Cabelundo, Erva Dutro, and Guaco.

Uses & Protocols
Taylor notes that Cipo is not widely used outside of Brazil. (Here in Ecuador, its use has been diminished, due to extensive habitat loss.) Common indications include: albuminuria, arthritis, colic, cystitis, diarrhea, enterosis, gallstones, gastrosis, gout, hyperuricemia, intercostal neuralgia, kidney stones, lumbago, myalgia, nephrosis, neuralgia, pain, paralysis, prostatitis, rheumatism, urethrosis, and UTI's." Dosage: one capsule, two times a day. (Ethnobotanical uses include infusions at 1/2 cup twice daily; tincture: 5-10 ml., twice daily.)

Warnings & Contraindications
We recommend NOT using this herbal if you are on either diuretic or blood thinning medications, as Cipo may potentiate the effects.

Five years or more.

James Duke's Handbook of Medical Plants of Latin America
Medicinal Activities
Further information for practitioners: World-famous botanist Dr. James Duke attributes the following activities to this plant (p. 448-449; see hardcopy cover at right, purchasable on Amazon), drawn from the extant literature. (See his graduation for "level of efficacy" on our amazon traditionals page; followed by Duke's bibliographic abbreviations (in capital letters), which we identify on a separate page.)
Duke provides a "food farmacy potential" score for this plant of "FNFF=?."

  • Analgesic (f; MPB; RAI)
  • Antiaggregant (f; RAI)
  • Antiinflammatory (1; X12237807)
  • Antileukemic (1; X10553640)
  • Antiproliferant (1; X15081289)
  • Antiseptic (1; RAI)
  • Cytotoxic (1; RAI; X10553640)
  • Diuretic (f; RAI)
  • Expectorant (f; RAI)
  • Hyporicemic (f; MPB)
  • Molluscacide (1; RAI; X6548884)
  • Mucolytic (f; RAI)
  • Nervine (f; RAI)

Further information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
  • Albuminuria (f; MPB; RAI)
  • Arthrosis (f; RAI)
  • Bronchosis (f; RAI)
  • Cancer (1; RAI; X10553640)
  • Colic (f; RAI)
  • Cystitis (f; RAI)
  • Diarrhea (f; MPB; RAI)
  • Enterosis (f; RAI)
  • Gallstones (f; RAI)
  • Gout (f; RAI)
  • Hyperuricemia (f; MPB; RAI)
  • Infection (1; RAI)
  • Inflammation (1; X12237807)
  • Kidney Stones (f; RAI)
  • Leukemia (1; RAI; X10553640)
  • Lumbago (f; RAI)
  • Myalgia (f; RAI)
  • Nephrosis (f; MPB; RAI)
  • Nervousness (f; RAI)
  • Neuralgia (f; MPB; RAI)
  • Pain (f; MPB; RAI)
  • Paralysis (f; MPB)
  • Prostatitis (f; RAI)
  • Rheumatism (f; MPB)
  • Urethrosis (f; RAI)
  • UTIs (f; RAI)

To U.S. Users: This product have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Recent Studies on Cipo Cabeludo
Sourced from PubMed

Disclaimer: The following citations provide findings on the properties of Cipo Cabeludo and offer insights into prospective areas of future research. These findings should not be inferred to provide the basis of medicinal claims, nor should they be relied upon by the public, as such. Readers who want full access to the PubMed database are encouraged to register with NCBI.
As of Jan. 2017, there were 161 citations on PubMed for Cipo Cabeludo, either under M. banisteriae, M. hirsutissima, and closely related members of the Mikania genus. Below are list a few of the more notable:

Extensive information about Cipo Cabeludo is covered on the Raintree Forest website. Even better, you can purchase Leslie Taylor's excellent reference book, The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs: A Guide to Understanding and Using Herbal Medicinals at Amazon.
Although this plant is not covered as either Mikania hirsutissima or Mikania banisteriae in Wikipedia, you can find the Mikania genus discussed.