Well, I dug out my Buhner's "Herbal Antibiotics" book and looked up Sida. It's really quite an interesting herb!
He states: " There are 125, or 150 or 200 species of the genus Sida"
"The main medicinal species that has been studied is Sida acuta. However, as research has deepened on this species, other sidas are coming to light as similarly potent, particularly S. rhombifolia and S. cordifolia. Two other species, S. tiagii and S. spinosa, have not been studied as extensively, but their traditional uses and some research indicate they may possess the same medicinal actions.
Given the potency of some of this genus, it makes sense for more research to occur. As far as I can determine, little had been done along this line, but it may well be that many sidas contain similar constituents. If so, given their wide range, they would be one of the world's most accessible systemic herbal antibacterials."
"The whole plant - roots, leaves, stesm, seeds. Most people tend to just use the aerial parts for the simplicity of harvest and ecological soundness. More practically, harvesting the root of a mature plant in this genus is as difficult as conveying to a politician the meaning of the word integrity. It's a tough root to dig up." (remember, his words, not mine! LOL!)
Buhner goes on to say: " The tincture and the hot water extreact are the strongest medicinal forms of sida for internal use. The plant can be prepared as powder, capsules, tea, or alcohol tincture. Most people use the leaves."
I hope that helps some!
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