Abuta (Cissampelos pariera)


Abuta Overview:

Abuta is commonly known as the midwives herb. This is because one of its most common used is during pregnancy to reduce the chances of abortion, and keep symptoms like cramping and blood pressure down during pregnancy.

It is also popular with woman who are not pregnant for regulating dysfunctional menstrual cycles, and reducing the pain from cramping during menstruation.

Abuta grows in Southeast Asia, as well as parts of North America, and South America.

+ Indications

  • As a childbirth aid
  • To prevent abortion
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Bacterial infection
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatism
  • Snake bite
  • General women's ailments
  • Menstrual Cramping
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fibroid tumors
  • As a diuretic
  • Heart tonic
  • High blood pressure

+ Contraindications

  • Pregnancy

General Actions:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-Abortive
  • Antibacterial
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Antihistamine
  • Antinflammatory
  • Antilithic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antipyretic
  • Hormonal Modulator
  • Diuretic
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Mucolytic

Main Uses:

Abuta is mainly used during pregnancy to increase the chances of going full term. it is also used during menstruation to ease pain and cramping.


Weekly Dose

Part Used

  • Whole vine, Seed Bark, Leaf, Root

Family Name

  • Menispermaceae


  • South America
    Southeast Asia

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Constituents of Interest

  • Isoquinoliine alkaloids
  • Berberine
  • Cissampeline
  • Tetrandine

Common Names

  • Abuta
  • Barbasco
  • Patha
  • Xi Sheng Teng


  • Unknown

Duration of Use

  • Suitable for long term use.

Botanical Info:

Abuta is a vine that prefers to grow in tropical rainforests. Throughout the tropics, abuta is thought of as a weed.

The Cissampelos genus contains about 30-40 species, which are distributed across the globe.


Level Of Research:


Clinical Applications Of Abuta:

The immunomodulatory and antinflammatory actions of abuta, make it useful for many conditions, including cancer.

By far the most well established use of this plant is during pregnancy and to treat pain and dysregulation with the female menstrual cycle.



Never attempt to take this herb during pregnancy without the supervision of someone knowledgeable on the subject.

High doses of Cissampelos pariera were given in some antiviral studies, and no toxicity was discovered.


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For references, visit the full abuta monograph.