Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology

Blood pressure reducing effects of Phalaris canariensis in normotensive and spontaneously hypertensive rats


The birdseed Phalaris canariensis (Pc) is popularly used as an antihypertensive agent. AEPc reduced systolic blood pressure (SBP) in both adult groups; however, treatment interruption was followed by a gradual return of the SBP to baseline levels.

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Clévia Santos Passos, Lucimeire Nova Carvalho, Roberto Braz Pontes Jr., Ruy Ribeiro Campos, Olinda Ikuta, Mirian Aparecida Boim

Renal Division, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Rua Botucatu, 740, 04023-900, São Paulo, Brazil.Cardiovascular Division, Department of Physiology, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Corresponding author: Mirian A. Boim (e-mail: ).

Published on the web 6 February 2012.

Received May 20,2011. Accepted October 312011.