Justicia pectoralis
Justicia pectoralis


Justicia pectoralis is a flowering herb that grows in tropical areas of the Americas, including South and Central America. It also grows in some Caribbean islands, including Trinidad and Tobago.

Justicia pectoralis is used for symptoms of menopause, wound healing, anxiety, lung problems, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Justicia pectoralis is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Justicia pectoralis is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Justicia pectoralis is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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  • Symptoms of menopause.
  • Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea).
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Prostate problems.
  • Anxiety.
  • Pain.
  • Allergies.
  • Asthma.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis).
  • Excessive crying in infants (colic).
  • Cough.
  • Common cold.
  • Congestion.
  • Diabetes.
  • Seizure disorder (epilepsy).
  • Fever.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Insomnia.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Nausea.
  • Rickets.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • To induce labor.
  • Rash.
  • Bruising.
  • Wound healing.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate Justicia pectoralis for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of Justicia pectoralis depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Justicia pectoralis. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this product interacts with any medicines.

Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Justicia pectoralis might have many different effects in the body. Justicia pectoralis seems to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It may also affect the activity of hormones.
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