In Mexico, Ipomoea stans is referred to as Tumbavaqueros. Tumbavaqueros is used in Mexican traditional medicine for its central nervous system activity. In this regard, Tumbavaqueros is used as a sedative, anti-seizure and for treating headaches. Studies have investigated the pharmacological effects of Tumbavaqueros using animal models. For example, in one study researchers administered root extracts of Tumbavaqueros to mice and exposed them to experimental stress. The results of the study showed that the extracts were significantly effective at reducing the anxiety experienced by the mice. In addition, the root extract was also effective at reducing drug induced convulsions in the mice and was shown to have a sedative action. Therefore the experimental evidence support the traditional uses of the herb, and there appears to be significant central nervous system effects for root extracts of Tumbavaqueros in animals.
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