Voacanga Seeds, also called kokiyar, pete-pete, kirongasi, ako dodo, ou, rungu. Voacanga, is a tropical tree, native to West Africa, that grows up to 30 feet tall. It has leaves that are up to 30 cm in length, and the tree produces yellow or white flowers, which become berries with dark brown seeds. The numerous dark brown seeds of the fruit are embedded in the pulp. This plant is used by the Diola of Africa against infectious diseases. It has also been reported to have been used to treat mental disorders and as an analgesic. West African shamans are said to ingest the root and bark as a cerebral stimulant and the seeds for visionary purposes.
The alkaloids are the principal bioactive compounds responsible for its use in traditional medicine. The major alkaloids in Voacanga seeds include voacamine, voacangine, vobasine, and ibogaine. Others include voacristine, voacamidine, voacarine, voaphylline, vobtusine, voalfolidine and tabersonine. Voacanga Africana seeds is closely connected to the iboga plant. Contains Voacangine and Vocamine, each of which are closely related to ibogaine. The seeds used by shamans to induce visionary experiences.
Voacanga Africana seeds aids in suppressing medicine addiction and used as hypotensives. The alkaloids are of particular interest to the pharmaceutical industry. They show a vast range of pharmacological activities including analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, cardiotonic, cytotoxic, diuretic, hypotensive, vasoconstrictor, central nervous system-stimulant, and exerting a spasmolytic effect on the smooth muscle of the intestine. Several of the compounds are extracted from the plant for use in medical preparations. Voacanga Africana seeds is quite often used to handle Alzheimer’s sickness due to its memory. enhancing properties.
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