Several native tribes of Central America have been traditionally using sun opener for several thousand years for the plant's wonderful healing properties. This herb is known by many names and one reason for this is that it was used as well as named by various different tribes in its natural habitat. Contemporary medicine systems have discovered that the traditional therapeutic uses of sun opener extend beyond the plant's properties. In fact, the local tribes of Central America used this herb for treating high fevers and parasites, besides healing open wounds. Earlier, it was believed that sun opener was useful in bringing in fertility. As a result, women who were infertile bathed with water containing formulations prepared using the leaves of sun opener and other herbs. In fact, people used sun opener both to encourage conception and also following child birth. It was also used in the case of miscarriages. Women drank a tea prepared from the leaves of the herb. In addition to the supposed health benefits offered by sun opener, this herb was also employed by people for spiritual purposes. A traditional preparation for this purpose involved leaving a brew prepared from sun opener in the sun in order to ferment it. It was believed that the wisdom of the sun implanted in the elixir during the period it was kept outdoors. Traditionally, people have been using sun opener for several therapeutic purposes. However, only a few of these uses of the herb have been found to be effective by contemporary medicine systems. Since long, the indigenous tribes inhabiting various places of Mexico have been using sun opener for treating parasitic worms as well as high fevers. They even covered open wounds with this herb to stop more blood loss from the affected area. In addition, this herb was also used to cure infertility. Sun opener encloses various alkaloid compounds and it has been found that they offer different health benefits. For instance, the alkaloid called lythrine possesses diuretic properties, while it has been found that another alkaloid called heimidine possesses anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, this herb also acts as a sedative. Sun opener plant also contains compounds like cryogene and nesodine, which also possess anti-inflammatory properties. At the same time, cryogene also works as an anti-spasmodic and tranquilizer. In fact, it was found that the effects of these two compounds are more potent compared to aspirin. However, use of sun opener sometimes produces a few adverse after effects. One of the common cognitive effects of this plant is known to be acoustic hallucination. Although this appears to be the only auditory effect of using this herb, this is not the case always. Some users experience these effects just as reverberations and a kind of augmented feeling of music and other sounds. Usually such auditory effects of using sun opener are also accompanied by mild changes in vision. Normally, this appears as a yellowish tint in the vision, particularly the user's peripheral vision. Generally speaking, sun opener is a positive, comforting herb that even offers a euphoric experience. When taken internally, this herb may result in slight dizziness and a sense of intoxication, something similar to smoking marijuana. However, these effects are much milder compared to marijuana. In addition, sun opener also works as a vasodilator. Since use of the plant helps to make the blood vessels wider, thereby reducing blood pressure. This action also helps to somewhat cool the body of the user.
Chemical analysis of sun opener has confirmed that this herb encloses many alkaloids, which include lythrine, lyfoline, lythridine, heimidine and vertine. It is worth mentioning here that vertine is also referred to as cryogenine and it is believed to be the most important psychoactive compound in sun opener.
While the use of sun opener has only a small number of side effects similar to hangovers, some people who have used this herb have complained of headaches. In such cases, the users may feel tired; have sore muscles and a golden tone in their vision, which may continue till the next day. It is claimed that using sun opener for a brief period enhances memory, using it on the long run may result in problems related to memory sooner or later. Nevertheless, the fact is that the negative effects of using this herb are experienced by very few users.