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Jurema-Preta (Mimosa tenuiflora [Willd.] Poir.): a review of its traditional use, phytochemistry and pharmacology

Rafael Sampaio Octaviano de Souza Ulysses Paulino de Albuquerque Júlio Marcelino Monteiro Elba Lúcia Cavalcanti de Amorim About the authors

Numerous plant species are used throughout the world to achieve the modified states of conscientiousness. Some of them have been used for the therapeutic purposes, such as Mimosa tenuiflora (Willd) Poir. (family Mimosaceae) known as "jurema-preta", an hallucinogenic plant traditionally used for curing and divination by the Indians of northeastern Brazil. In this review, several aspects of the use, phytochemistry, and pharmacology of this plant are considered.

Ethnopharmacology; hallucinogenic plants; natural products; entheogen

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