Cayaponia tayuya

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Cayaponia tayuya leaf
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cayaponia
Species: C. tayuya
Binomial name
Cayaponia tayuya
(Vell.) Cogn.[1]
  • Cayaponia piauhiensis
  • Cayaponia ficifolia
  • Bryonia tayuya
  • Trianosperma tayuya
  • Trianosperma piauhiensis
  • Trianosperma ficcifolia

Cayaponia tayuya (tayuya) is a vine that grows in the Amazon region of South America, in the nations of Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. Its roots are used in herbal medicine.[2]

Studies in rodent models have shown that several cucurbitacins isolated from tayuya may have anti-inflammatory properties[3][4][non-primary source needed] and reduce damage from arthritis.[5][non-primary source needed]


  1. ^ "Cucurbitaceae Cayaponia tayuya". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Leslie (2005). "Tayuya (Cayaponia tayuya)". The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  3. ^ Recio, MC; Prieto, M; Bonucelli, M; Orsi, C; Manez, S; Giner, RM; Cerda-Nicolas, M; Rios, JL (May 2004). "Anti-inflammatory activity of two cucurbitacins isolated from Cayaponia tayuya roots". Planta Medica. 70 (5): 414–20. doi:10.1055/s-2004-818968. PMID 15124085. 
  4. ^ Wang, Yao; Zhao, Gao-Xiang; Xu, Li-Hui; Liu, Kun-Peng; Pan, Hao; He, Jian; Cai, Ji-Ye; Ouyang, Dong-Yun; He, Xian-Hui; Hu, Wenhui (25 February 2014). "Cucurbitacin IIb Exhibits Anti-Inflammatory Activity through Modulating Multiple Cellular Behaviors of Mouse Lymphocytes". PLoS ONE. 9 (2): e89751. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089751. 
  5. ^ Escandell, JM; Recio, MC; Manez, S; Giner, RM; Cerda-Nicolas, M; Rios, JL. (2006-02-17). "Dihydrocucurbitacin B, isolated from Cayaponia tayuya, reduces damage in adjuvant-induced arthritis". European Journal of Pharmacology. 532 (1–2): 145–54. doi:10.1016/j.ejphar.2005.12.028. PMID 16443215.