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Arrowroot Powder - 75 g - Herbal Collection

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Arrow Root Powder  - Herbal Collection

Maranta arundinacea




    Arrowroot, scientifically known as Maranta arundinacea, is an herbaceous plant native to the tropical regions of Central and South America. 

    It has been traditionally used for various culinary and medicinal purposes for centuries. 

    The starch derived from the roots of the arrowroot plant, called arrowroot powder, is the most commonly used part of the plant. Below are some of its benefits, properties, and traditional uses:


    1. Digestive Health: Arrowroot has been traditionally used to promote digestive health due to its high starch content. It may help in treating diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive issues by soothing the gut lining and promoting regular bowel movements.
    2. Gluten-Free Alternative: Arrowroot powder is gluten-free, making it an excellent alternative to wheat flour for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. It can be used as a thickening agent in soups, sauces, and gravies or as a substitute for flour in baking recipes.
    3. Nutrient Content: Arrowroot is a good source of several essential nutrients, including potassium, iron, and B-vitamins. These nutrients contribute to overall health by supporting metabolism, nerve function, and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
    4. Skin Care: Arrowroot powder is used in traditional medicine to treat various skin conditions, such as wounds, burns, and insect bites, due to its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also used in natural cosmetics as a base for body powders and deodorants, as it absorbs moisture and reduces odors.
    5. Immune System Support: Arrowroot has been traditionally used to boost the immune system due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. These qualities may help protect against infections and promote overall health.
    6. Weight Management: The high fiber content in arrowroot may help regulate appetite and promote a feeling of fullness, aiding in weight management.


    It is essential to note that while arrowroot has many potential benefits, more research is needed to fully understand its properties and uses. 

    It is always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional before incorporating any new herbal remedy into your routine.


    Maranta arundinacea


    Source : http://www.wikiphyto.org/wiki/Dictame


    Reference on http://www.wikiphyto.org


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    plant name


    Dictame, Arrow root , rouroute , rougoutte


    International Latin denomination


    Maranta arundinacea L.


    botanical family


    Marantaceae ( Zingiberales )


    Description and habitat


    • Caulescent or stemless perennial herb
    • Cultivated in the islands for its starch-rich rhizome
    • The Marantaceae are species from the pantropical regions, especially America, whose limb is often stained with colored spots (assimilation in a dark environment)
    • Toloman is used in the same way in Martinique in infant feeding


    History and tradition


    Parts used


    • Rhizome


    Dosage forms available


    Usual dosages




    Main components of the plant


    • Starch
    • Low protein, no gluten
    • Flavonoids ( rutin )
    • Tannins
    • Minerals: phosphorus, calcium, potassium, chlorides, silicates


    Main components of buds or young shoots


    Main components of essential oil




    Plant properties


    • Antidiarrheal [1]
    • Interesting in celiac diseases [2]
      • 1 ha of dittam produces 10 to 20 tons of rhizome / year => average extraction of 10%, which gives 1 to 2 tons of starch per hectare
    • Glycemic index = 85


    Bud properties


    Properties of essential oil




    Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)

    • Gluten-free diets, celiac disease
    • Pastries, cakes, etc.


    Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)


    Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


    Known or suspected mode of action


    Usual formulations




    Possible side effects and precautions for use


    Bibliographic references


    1. Aller↑ Cooke C, Carr I, Abrams K, Mayberry J. Arrowroot as a treatment for diarrhea in irritable bowel syndrome patients: a pilot study. Arq Gastroenterol. 2000 Jan-Mar;37(1):20-4. PMID 10962623
    2. Aller↑ Kangambega Walé. Survey on the use of dittam in the diet of healthy infants in Guadeloupe. Medical thesis, Faculty of Medicine of the Antilles and Guyana, February 2010


    Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.

    Do not exceed the daily dose.


    This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.

    If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.


    This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.


    This product has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.


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