Voacanga bark medical treatment and use in medicine by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
March 20 2016

Voacanga africana is used in the African country Cameroonian for the treatment of peptic ulcers. TN, al alkaloid from Voacanga bark, has gastric anti-secretory effects similar to histamine receptor blockers. Its cytoprotective and ulcer healing properties are related to its ability to strengthen gastric mucosal defenses perhaps through enhanced gastric mucus production.

Review article
Pharmaceutical Biology 2012. Chemistry and biology of the genus Voacanga. Herbal remedies have been employed for the treatment and management of various ailments since the beginning of human civilization. Voacanga is an extensive genus of the family Apocynaceae and consists of small trees inhabiting the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa. Voacanga plants have been used in the treatment of leprosy, diarrhea, and generalized edema, convulsions in children as well as to treat cases of orchitis, ectopic testes and gonorrhea. The aim of this review is to present as much information as was established from the available scientific literature. The present review comprises the ethnopharmacological, phytochemical and therapeutic potential of the plant genus Voacanga. The present review reports on 111 natural products as found in 44 references compiled from the major databases, viz., Chemical Abstracts, Science Direct, SciFinder, PubMed, Dr. Dukes Phytochemical and Ethnobotany, CIMER, and InteliHealth. An exhaustive survey of the literature revealed that indole alkaoids and steroids constitute the major classes of phytoconstituents of this genus. Pharmacological reports revealed that products derived from this genus have been used for the treatment of cancer, and for CNS, cardiotonic, antituberculosis, acetylcholinesterase (AChE), butyrylcholinesterase, antagonistic, anti-diarrheal activities.

Voacanga research
Synergistic and potentiating effects of ranitidine and two new anti-ulcer compounds from Enantia chlorantha and Voacanga africana in experimental animal models.
Pharmazie. 2002. Department of Animal Biology and Physiology, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon.
TN, an alkaloid from the fruit of Voacanga africana and a protoberberine-type alkaloid (7,8-dihydro-8-hydroxypalmatine), obtained from the bark of Enantia chlorantha were tested for ulcer preventive and antisecretory activity in combination with ranitidine. When tested alone (50 and 100 mg/kg, p.o.), TN and 1 achieved their anti-ulcer actions through reduced gastric secretion and improved mucus production. 1:1 combinations of 1 and the antisecretory agents (25/25 and 50/50 mg/kg) resulted in significant reduction of ulceration under highly acidic conditions, suggesting potentiating effects. A combination of TN and ranitidine led to synergistic antisecretory effects.

Ibogaine in Voacanga
It appears that voacanga africana has a powerful substance called Ibogaine.

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