Summary: A plant genus of the family RUBIACEAE that has a name very similar to another plant genus, HAMAMELIS.

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  1. Jiménez Suárez V, Nieto Camacho A, Jiménez Estrada M, Alvarado Sánchez B. Anti-inflammatory, free radical scavenging and alpha-glucosidase inhibitory activities of Hamelia patens and its chemical constituents. Pharm Biol. 2016;54:1822-30 pubmed publisher
    Context Hamelia patens Jacq. (Rubiaceae) is traditionally used to treat wounds, inflammation and diabetes. However, there is still a lack of scientific evidence to support these applications...
  2. Giovannini P, Howes M, Edwards S. Medicinal plants used in the traditional management of diabetes and its sequelae in Central America: A review. J Ethnopharmacol. 2016;184:58-71 pubmed publisher
    ..Tecoma stans (L.) Juss. ex Kunth, Persea americana Mill., Psidium guajava L., Anacardium occidentale L. and Hamelia patens Jacq...
  3. Pérez Meseguer J, Delgado Montemayor C, Ortíz Torres T, Salazar Aranda R, Cordero Pérez P, de Torres N. Antioxidant and hepatoprotective activity of Hamelia patens extracts. Pak J Pharm Sci. 2016;29:343-8 pubmed
    b>Hamelia patens is widely used in the traditional medicine of Mexico and Central America for the treatment of illnesses associated with inflammatory processes...
  4. Liu W, Luo Y, Wang L, Luo T, Peng Y, Wu L. Water transport in leaf vein systems and the flow velocity measurement with a new method. J Plant Physiol. 2016;204:74-84 pubmed publisher
    ..var. sublanceolata (Miq.) Corner were 4.549m/h and 3.174m/h. As for Plumeria rubra L. cv. Acutifolia and Hamelia patens, that were 0.339m/h and 0.463m/h, 2.609m/h and 2.586m/h, respectively...
  5. Giovannini P, Howes M. Medicinal plants used to treat snakebite in Central America: Review and assessment of scientific evidence. J Ethnopharmacol. 2017;199:240-256 pubmed publisher
    ..Sansevieria hyacinthoides (L.) Druce, Strychnos panamensis Seem., Dorstenia contrajerva L., Scoparia dulcis L., Hamelia patens Jacq., and Simaba cedron Planch...
  6. Qayyum S, Khan A. Biofabrication of broad range antibacterial and antibiofilm silver nanoparticles. IET Nanobiotechnol. 2016;10:349-357 pubmed publisher
    ..route using ten different plants extracts (GNP1- Caryota urens, GNP2-Pongamia glabra, GNP3- Hamelia patens, GNP4-Thevetia peruviana, GNP5-Calendula officinalis, GNP6-Tectona grandis, GNP7-<..
  7. Paz J, Contreras C, Munguía A, Aguilar C, Inungaray M. Phenolic content and antibacterial activity of extracts of Hamelia patens obtained by different extraction methods. Braz J Microbiol. 2018;49:656-661 pubmed publisher
    b>Hamelia patens, is a plant traditionally used to treat a variety of conditions among the Huastec people of Mexico...
  8. Reyes Chilpa R, Rivera J, Oropeza M, Mendoza P, Amekraz B, Jankowski C, et al. Methanol extracts of Hamelia patens containing oxindole alkaloids relax KCl-induced contraction in rat myometrium. Biol Pharm Bull. 2004;27:1617-20 pubmed
    b>Hamelia patens JAQC. (Rubiaceae) is a medicinal bush widely distributed in tropical areas of the American continent...
  9. Camporese A, Balick M, Arvigo R, Esposito R, Morsellino N, De Simone F, et al. Screening of anti-bacterial activity of medicinal plants from Belize (Central America). J Ethnopharmacol. 2003;87:103-7 pubmed
    ..Aristolochiaceae) leaves and bark, Bursera simaruba (Burseraceae) bark, Guazuma ulmifolia (Sterculiaceae) bark, Hamelia patens (Rubiaceae) leaves and Syngonium podophyllum (Araceae) leaves and bark, used in traditional medicine of ..

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  1. Gomez Beloz A, Rucinski J, Balick M, Tipton C. Double incision wound healing bioassay using Hamelia patens from El Salvador. J Ethnopharmacol. 2003;88:169-73 pubmed
    b>Hamelia patens Jacq. (Rubiaceae) has received little attention in the laboratory for its wound healing ability even though it is commonly used as a treatment for wounds throughout Central America...
  2. Paniagua Vega D, Cerda García Rojas C, Ponce Noyola T, Ramos Valdivia A. A new monoterpenoid oxindole alkaloid from Hamelia patens micropropagated plantlets. Nat Prod Commun. 2012;7:1441-4 pubmed
    Chemical studies on Hamelia patens (Rubiaceae) micropropagated plantlets allowed production of a new monoterpenoid oxindole alkaloid, named (-)-hameline (7), together with eight known alkaloids, tetrahydroalstonine (1), aricine (2), ..