Traditionally, C. ferrea has been used in Brazil for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, typically using a tea made from the stem.
The fruits have also been used traditionally for the treatment of coughs and external injuries due to the species’ believed anti-biotic qualities.
Within the scientific literature, C. ferrea has been shown to have potential for the treatment of internal ulcers and as an anti-inflammatory agent. Nakamura et al. (2002) screened fruit extracts from the species and found that three compounds extracted showed potent anti-cancer forming properties.
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** The information provided above is not intended to be used as a guide for treatment of medical conditions using plants.