Para que sirve el chacloco

Para que sirve el chacloco

An infusion

Hamelia patens is a medicinal plant widely used to treat different diseases because of its anti-inflammatory effect, the population uses it empirically to heal wounds and treat inflammation in the uterus, however little is known of its phytochemical profile. Ethanol and methanolicextractsof H. patens were analyzed by thin layer chromatography and column. We found the conditions of stationary and mobile phase for more than 100 fractions of H. patens with two pure fractions. The phytochemical composition of H. patens includes qualitative detection of steroids, saponins, alkaloids, polyphenols and flavonoids specifically, resulting positive for all these.

Different parts of plants are the source of active principles with innumerable health benefits. Medicinal plants have also had relevance for the pharmaceutical industry since many natural preparations contain the same active principle or drug as those used in conventional medicine. The isolation and characterization of active compounds of plants is of great importance since knowing their structure allows understanding the interaction of these compounds with other molecules of the human body and if the plant really has the properties that are popularly attributed to it. It is essential to carry out this type of studies since it could scientifically validate the medicinal properties of these plants and discover active substances from previously unstudied plants.


La población general percibe las plantas medicinales como seguras y sin efectos tóxicos por su origen natural (Alonso-Castro et al., 2012). El contenido de contaminantes en las plantas medicinales debe ser analizado y regulado por los sistemas de salud de todo el mundo para ayudar a la evaluación de la calidad de estos productos. En algunos países se han reportado intoxicaciones asociadas a la presencia de metales tóxicos en las plantas medicinales (Dunbabin, Tallis, Popplewell & Lee, 1992; Kákosy, Hudák & Náray, 1996; Markowitz et al., 1994; Sadhu et al., 2015). Por lo tanto, es necesario realizar estudios sobre el contenido de metales pesados en las plantas medicinales utilizadas en la medicina tradicional mexicana. Sin embargo, en México existe poca información en cuanto al contenido de elementos tóxicos en plantas medicinales. El objetivo de este estudio fue recolectar tres plantas medicinales (Justicia spicigera, Arnicamontana y Hameliapantens) de dos municipios de la Huasteca Potosina y analizar su contenido de Pb, Cd y Fe.

RubiaceaeHamelia patens Jacq. HPHP-SP-102 Chacloco [k’entselte’] Hojas Infusión/oralAntidiarreico, antiespasmódico intestinal, anemia, heridas, cicatrizante, antidiabéticoAlonso-Castro et al. (2012), Cruz & Andrade-Ceto (2015).

Chacloco medicinal plant

«It was never imagined in many minds that the chacloco, chichipince, coralillo or tres hojitas could react positively to the human body, especially being a natural home remedy and nowadays almost a medicine.»

Possessing much empirical research on the continent, some people call the shrub as the plant of restoration and cures all, serving as an amulet among the practices of healers along with the rue plant.

It is now believed that Hamelia Patens is a plant that can act as a relief to various undeveloped diseases such as cancer, stomach diseases, lumbago, body inflammation and heart attacks.

It is empirically proven that hamelia patens or chichipince contains morphine-like substance, relatively speaking it possesses a kind of analgesic agent of the opiate group that acts as an important factor to soothe certain pain in the body.

Naturalists and even scholars such as the University of El Salvador have stated and have given results that the chichipince which is known in this country, explain that it has no toxic substances, so it is a medicinal and edible plant.


These are the different names given to this plantShrub or sapling up to 3m high, with leaves in groups of 3 to 5, thin. Its flowers are red or orange and are in the terminal parts. The fruits are globular or elongated and red changing to black, native to tropical America and from Florida to South America. It is associated with disturbed vegetation of tropical deciduous, sub deciduous, sub evergreen and evergreen forests, as well as oak and pine forests.

In Chiapas, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz and Yucatan it is attributed a great variety of medicinal uses. Among the most frequent are to cure pimples and wounds, and to heal, stop bleeding or splashing.

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