Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Bejunco de Cerca, Butua, Cissampelos pareira, False Pareira, Feuille de Velous, Herbe des Sages-Femmes, Menispermaceae, Pareira, Patacon, Patha, Velvetleaf, Vigne Maronne, Vigne Sauvage, Xi Sheng Teng.


Abuta (Cissampelos pareira) is an herb. People use the root, bark, and other parts that grow above the ground as medicine.

Don't confuse abuta (Cissampelos pareira) with Abuta grandifolia, which is also referred to as abuta and is a South American medicinal plant used by indigenous people for making arrow poison.

People use abuta medicinally for a wide range of conditions. It is used for digestion problems including diarrhea, dysentery, colic, upset stomach, and stomachache; for respiratory tract problems including colds, cough, bronchitis, and asthma; for skin problems including acne, wounds, boils, burns, sores, itching, and a severe rash with fever and vomiting caused by strep bacteria (erysipelas); and for urinary tract problems including bladder and kidney infections.

Other uses include treatment of dog bites, snake bites, chills, cholera, convulsions, delirium, diabetes, fluid retention, fevers, bleeding (hemorrhage), high blood pressure, jaundice, malaria, pounding heart, rabies, arthritis-like pain (rheumatism), toothaches, sexually transmitted diseases, and eye infections.

Women use abuta to correct menstrual problems, improve fertility, treat vaginal discharges (leukorrhea), and ease childbirth.

Abuta is also used to increase urine flow (as a diuretic), to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant), to stop bleeding (as a styptic), to improve sense of well being (as a tonic), and to arouse sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how abuta might work.


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Uses & Effectiveness

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of abuta for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

There isn't enough reliable information available about abuta to know if it is safe.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of abuta during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of abuta depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for abuta. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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