Desmodium: Liver detox and unknown virtues


Among the vast range of medicinal plants, desmodium is an essential ally for natural well-being. Used as a traditional remedy, particularly in Africa, this plant of tropical origin is particularly renowned for its positive impact on liver health. But that’s not all: behind this reputation lie many other little-known virtues that deserve to be explored. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of desmodium for the liver, as well as discovering its other health benefits and the precautions to be taken when using it.

What is desmodium?

Desmodium (Latin name: desmodium adscendens) is a perennial tropical plant in the Fabaceae family, native to the hot, humid regions of West Africa and South America. Creeping or climbing, it has trifoliate leaves, mauve flowers and pod-shaped fruit.

In phytotherapy, the parts used are the leaves and stems. It is available in a variety of forms, including infusions and decoctions of dried leaves, as well as food supplements in capsule form or as a drinkable solution.

What are the benefits?

Desmodium leaves are rich in polyphenols, including flavonoids and anthocyanosides with powerful antioxidant properties, as well as tannins. Although known primarily for its liver support, this remedy actually has a much wider range of benefits:

  • Hepato-protective role: Desmodium’s remarkable action as a hepato-protective agent strengthens the liver’s resilience in the face of aggression and inflammation. Its power to regenerate cells helps to restore liver health, making it a crucial ally in the management of viral hepatitis. In synergy with a medicinal treatment, Desmodium significantly improves therapeutic results, offering optimum support in the fight against liver infections.
Desmodium and liver
  • Hepatic drainage: Desmodium excels as a stimulant of hepatic drainage, promoting the elimination of toxins accumulated in the liver. This ability makes it a valuable aid in strengthening liver function and improving tolerance to the side effects associated with certain medical treatments, particularly chemotherapy and antibiotics. By promoting the elimination of undesirable substances, Desmodium helps optimise the effectiveness of conventional therapies while improving the body’s general well-being.
Desmodium and allergy
  • Anti-allergic: By reducing the secretion of histamines, Desmodium attenuates allergic responses, offering relief to people suffering from various seasonal, food or environmental allergies. This regulatory action makes it an ideal supplement to help reduce allergic symptoms such as asthma, but also skin reactions such as eczema or hives.
  • Muscle relaxant: Thanks to its muscle relaxant effects, it provides effective relief from muscle contractures, cramps, aches and spasms.
    This relaxing action makes it a natural remedy for relieving backache and muscle tension often associated with daily stress or intense physical activity.
  • Immune system stimulant: By strengthening the body’s natural defences, desmodium helps prevent infections and supports the body’s ability to fight pathogens.
    This increased immune stimulation makes it a valuable ally in preventing infectious diseases and maintaining optimal long-term health.
Desmodium and immunity

Which plants should be combined with desmodium?

Desmodium can be combined with other plants to maximise its benefits, such as Artichoke, Black Radish or Milk Thistle.

The Desmodium/Curcuma combination is also interesting and can be used to reduce inflammation of the liver and protect it. As Curcuma is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this combination is particularly recommended for people suffering from hepatic steatosis or hepatitis.

What are the side effects and contraindications?


Desmodium is generally well tolerated and has no real contraindications. However, it is essential to follow the recommended doses to minimise the risk of side effects.

While rare, side effects such as diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain may occur in certain sensitive individuals.

As a precautionary measure, desmodium should not be taken by pregnant or breast-feeding women, or by children. It is also important to take into account any possible drug interactions.

If you have any doubts or concerns, it is advisable to consult a health professional for advice appropriate to your personal situation.

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