Red Matipo: is a general tonic for removing plaque from the walls of the blood vessels, helps lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure. Helpful with arthritic conditions, skin diseases and toothaches.
taken from Wikipedia
Both Maori and early Europeans utilised red matipo for its medicinal value, as its leaves, when boiled in water, provide a cure to toothache. Scientific analysis of red matipo leaves today show it contains glucorinic acid, an arthritis treatment, and rutin, a treatment for blood vessel problems. Many of the other Myrsine species are still today utilized for medicinal purposes, a particularly interesting example of this being M.africana, as it contains a substance called saponin which provides benefit to cancer patients.
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