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Cissus sicyoides Millionaires Vine   Vitaceae
 

Millionaires Vine, Possum Grape Vine, Princess Vine, Season Vine, Monkey Liana, Cissus sicyoides

 
Millionaires Vine, Possum Grape Vine, Princess Vine, Season Vine, Monkey Liana, Cissus sicyoides

Cissus sicyoides, Cissus verticillata
Family: VitaceaeMillionaires Vine, Possum Grape Vine, Princess Vine, Season Vine, Monkey Liana, Cissus sicyoides
Possum Grape Vine, Princess Vine, Season Vine, Monkey Liana
Origin: Tropical America
vine or creeper, full sun, semi-shade, moderate water, ornamental foliage, ethno medical, invasive.

Fast growing ornamental vine with woody stems and waxy dark green leaves. Black grape-like fruit are very showy in fall. Medicinal plant popularly known in Brazil as cipo-puca, insulina. The plant is used in several diseases, including rheumatism, epilepsy, stroke and also in the treatment of diabetes. Leaf decoctions of Cissus sicyoides are taken widely as a popular remedy for diabetes mellitus in Brazil, where its common name is vegetal insulin.

Grows wild in the Americas, from Florida to Bolivia and Paraguay and the West Indies, especially Cuba.
Description

It rises to a height of 6 to 10 m, with tendrils, stems very flexible, jointed limbs, leaves, up to 15 cm long by 12.5 cm wide, simple, oblong to ovate or heart-shaped, toothed margin setose, branched, 2 to 3 times, petioles 8 cm long inflorescences opposite the leaves, branched, rounded outline, up to 10 cm long, composed umbelliform top, flowers small, greenish-yellow, whitish or purple berries subglobose or obovoid, black from 8-10 mm in diameter, each with a seed 4 to 6 mm long.
Uses

It has been valued by traditional medicine, assigned to various properties. The sap from the stems is used as remedies for hemorrhoids and rheumatism, as a daily beverage and as against the gonococcus antibacterial dermatoses, respiratory, and digestive. The hot decoction of stems and leaves is taken as a remedy to relieve the flu, such as sudorific; also said to give good results against rheumatism.

The juice of the leaves solar-heated and mixed with almond oil is used to relieve muscular pain and rheumatism. The leaves are used in poultices to cure inflammations. Also attributed to the diuretic quality of leaves.

The flowers in decoction are used as antiseptic to wash and disinfect wounds and previously exposed to the sun are used to heal wounds.

The ripe berries are slightly laxative, is also used to prepare a fermented beverage. Raisins are used as decoctions and infusions pectoral.

The different preparations are administered to pregnant women or children, except for the external use of the poultice of leaves at the time of delivery, presumably to facilitate and friction on the legs of children who are slow to walk, with the sap leaves.

 
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