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Seven Star Needle

Scientific Names

Seven Star Needle

  • Cactus bleo
  • Leuenbergeria bleo
  • Pereskia bleo
  • Pereskia corrugata
  • Pereskia panamensis
  • Rhodocactus bleo
  • Rhodocactus corrugatus
  • Cactaceae family

Common Names

  • Auguja de arra (Nicaragua)
  • Bleo
  • Bleo pereskia
  • Bleo de chupa (Spanish)
  • Butarrar (Kuna Indian)
  • Cak Sing Cam (Chinese)
  • Chat Sim Chan (Chinese)
  • Chinese rose
  • Chupa (Spanish)
  • Chupa melón (Spanish)
  • Clarol (Spanish)
  • Jarum tujuh bilah (Malaysia)
  • Jarum tujuh (Malaysia)
  • Leaf cactus
  • Najií (Spanish)
  • Najii De Culebra (Panama)
  • Najú de culebra (Spanish)
  • Najú de esoubas (Spanish)
  • Najú de espinas (Spanish)
  • Orange rose cactus
  • Pokok kanser (Malaysia)
  • Perescia
  • Péreskia bleo (French)
  • Pipchuelo (Spanish)
  • Pokok Jarum Tujuh Bilah (Malay)
  • Qi xing zhen (Chinese)
  • Rose cactus
  • Rose-coloured Pereskia
  • Seven Star Needle
  • Spinach cactus
  • Wax rose

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Parts Usually Used

Most commonly the leaves, but also sometimes the fruit or flower

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Pereskia bleo is an unusual form of cactus since it has leaves. It’s a shrubby, deciduous, tree-like plant that grows to 6-8 meters tall. The trunk has spines that are up to 1-2 cm long. red-orange flowers adorn this plant along with yelow, fleshy, thick-walled fruits that measure up to 5 cm in length and 6-8 mm in diameter.

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Where Found

Pereskia bleo originates from Central America and Western South America but is now found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

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Medicinal Properties

This plant has shown to have antiproliferative and cancer protective properties as well as antimicrobial, antiparasitic and antioxidant effects.

According to ResearchGate: In-vitro cytotoxicity screening and cytotoxic effects on cancer cell lines of P. bleo leaf had shown different findings from previous studies. For example, an early study by Tan found that methanol extract of P. bleo plant contains bioactive compound that is able to induce apoptosis in breast carcinoma. Similar findings from Sri Nurestri, Sim, Abdul Wahab and Yaacob and Sri Nurestri et al. showed that P. bleo contains natural constituents such as α-tocopherol, which possessed very remarkable cytotoxic activity against human nasopharyngeal epidermoid carcinoma cell line.

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Legends, Myths and Stories

This plant is often used as a barrier hedge, since it has sharp spines and a strong stem.

It is also used as an insect repellant.

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It is used traditionally as a dietary vegetable, water purifier, and insect repellant and for maintaining health, It is also used for treatment of hypertension, infections, detoxification, headache, ulcers, prevention of cancer, and/or treatment of cancer, hemorrhoids, stomach ache, muscle pain, diabetes, inflammation, asthma, dermatitis and rheumatism.

Some people use this plant to neutralize the effects of snakebites, although no scientific studies have been done to test the effectiveness of this.

People often eat the raw leaf, flower, or fruit for general health maintenance.

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Formulas or Dosages

Treatment for cancer prevention and detoxification involves making tea by boiling the fruit and/or the leaves, then drinking it.

A daily drink for overall good health is made by juicing the leaves, then boiling with water.

Make a decoction using the leaves, then use as a warm bath to relieve muscle aches.

To treat boils, pound the leaves into a paste, then apply to the affected area.

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Nutrient Content

Seven Star Needle is known to contain these minerals: carbon 50.6%, oxygen 35.4%, magnesium 0.4%, phosphorus 0.4%, sulfur 1.5%, chlorine 1.2%, potassium 10.2% and calcium 0.3%.

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Resource Links

Recent Studies Show Seven Herbs Help Stop Cancer Growth These Medicinal Plants Put Brakes on Cancer Growth

Journal of Ethnopharmacology: Evaluation of anti-proliferative activity of medicinal plants used in Asian Traditional Medicine to treat cancer

National University of Singapore: Anti-cancer properties uncovered in plants

Hindawi: A Review of Botanical Characteristics, Traditional Usage, Chemical Components, Pharmacological Activities, and Safety of Pereskia bleo (Kunth) DC

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Acute oral toxicity of Pereskia bleo and Pereskia grandifolia in mice

Encyclopedias of Living Forms: Pereskia bleo

ResearchGate: A Preliminary Survey on the Medicinal Uses and Effectiveness of Pereskia bleo Used by People of Three Villages in the State of Kelantan, Malaysia

Wikipedia: Leuenbergeria bleo

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