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Sete sangrias: vasodilator and antioxidant medicinal plant, used mainly in cases of  hypertension ,  high cholesterol and to prevent heart disease.


Name in Portuguese: Sete sangrias, raccoon, pinto foot, bloodgrass, red raccoon.
Binomial name: Cuphea carthagenensis (Jacq.) JF Macbride




Glycosides, triterpenes (carthagenol), tannins, flavonoids (derived from quercetin), flavonol, flavone, flavanones, glucuronic acid, proanthocyanidins, phenolic compounds.

parts used

Aerial part (stem, leaves and flowers)


Vasodilator, antioxidant


– Hypertension

– Atherosclerosis

– heavy legs

– Prevention of heart disease ( heart attack )

Secundary effects

When consumed in excess, it can cause diarrhea.


It is not recommended for breastfeeding pregnant women and children younger than 7 years (there are no studies).


None known.


– Infusion (1 tablespoon for 1L of water – 3 to 4 cups a day)

– Decoction

– Tincture

Where does the seven sangrias grow?

Sete sangrias originates from South and Central America, it can be found widely throughout Brazil, especially in the south of the country, some consider it a weed. Easy to grow plant, it can be planted by sowing or replanting seedlings that are born around the mother plant.

When to harvest?

All year round, preferably during flowering.


– Studies carried out in 2000 already reported the in-vitro effect of the crude extract of the seven sangrias in inhibiting the converting enzyme of angiotensin I and vasodilator. Already in 2004, its antioxidant activity was demonstrated in-vitro and its effect in reducing cholesterol in rats (chronic treatment, without signs of toxicity). A study published by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) in 2012, which relates the presence of flavonoids, proanthocyanidins and tannins to the vasodilator effect.

– In 2005, the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) published an in-vitro study demonstrating the effect against the Herpes Simplex virus type I (main virus that causes cold sores ), however further studies are needed to confirm this action.

– Popularly used in the form of tea as a diuretic, depurative, antioxidant and in cases of hypertension and heart disease.

– Sete Sangrias has a reddish and sparsely branched stem. Its leaves are simple, rough, opposite, with a darker color on the upper side and lilac flowers.

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