Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Herbals

Todd T. Brown, M.D, Ph.D. and Paul A. Pham, Pharm.D.

Trinidad and Tobago Specific Information

Trinidad and Tobago Information Author: Compton Seaforth, Ph.D.

                  Estimated prevalence of herbal use for diabetes in Trinidad ranked fifth — after herbal use for colds, cooling, hypertension and fevers based on ethnopharmacological survey from 2007-2008.

                  The following plants are commonly used to treat diabetes, based on survey of 30 adults in Trinidad from 1996-2006: Antigonon leptopus, Bidens alba, Bidens pilosa, Bixa orellana, Bontia daphnoides, Carica papaya, Catharanthus roseus, Cocos nucifera, Gomphrena globosa, Laportea aestuans, Momordica charantia, Morus alba, Phyllanthus urinaria and Spiranthes acaulis (Lans). Continue reading