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Prickly fan-flower, Currant bush
A bushy shrub used in traditional medicine for cold, stomach ailments, and as a diuretic by the Aboriginese people in Australia. Maroon bush extracts demonstrated antibacterial and antiviral properties in vitro (1) (2), without any toxic effects (2). The infusion of the leaves and branches has purported use for cancer leading to heightened interest in using this plant as an alternative cancer treatment.
There are no published scientific studies showing anti-cancer effects of maroon bush in humans.
- Stomach ache
- Cardiac glycosides
- Phenolic compounds
- Pentacyclic triterpenoids: 14-taraxerene-3,28-diol (1; myricadiol)
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Bottom Line: Maroon bush has not been studied in humans.
An Australian shrub used in traditional Aboriginal medicine for cold and stomach ailments. Lab studies have shown that maroon bush has antibacterial and antiviral activities, but it is not known if it has anticancer effects in humans.
There is no scientific evidence to support this use.
This use is not backed by published data.
There are no data to confirm this use.
- Stomach ache
This use is not supported by clinical data.
Although used in traditional medicine, there are no clinical data to confirm this.
Even though purported to have anticancer effects, there are no scientific data to support this use.
Maroon bush is used in traditional medicine as a diuretic but there is no evidence to establish this use.
Last updated: May 8, 2013