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It is a perennial herb that reaches up to 5 cm in height. It is small, with a twisted and rugose root. Its stem is short and dark brown. Its leaves measure about 1 cm and they are simple, opposed, lanceolate, sessile, and dark green. Its inflorescence is cymose and its flowers reach up to 1,5 cm. The flower is palid lavanda or yellow, with a small erect peduncle. The calyx is bell-shaped, with three-segment lobule and is shorter than the tube. It has a corolla. Its stem is small and dark brown, with herbaceous consistency, measuring 0,5 cm in diameter and having dichotomic ramification. The leaves are small: they are 0,5 to 1 cm long. They are straight, opposed, simple, lanceolate, thick, dark green, sessile without stipules. The fruit consists of a septicidal dehiscence capsule, which opens through two valves and it has many seeds, which are small and black or dark brown. The root is furrowed lengthwise and sometimes it is twisted in its axis. It is longer than the stem.
Neither the active principles nor the action mechanism of the hypocholesterolemic activity of hercampuri are known. It is believed that its effects are due to the great amount of bitter principles of the plants, which would stimulate the secretion of biliary acids and therefore, would diminish the cholesterol levels, which would be transformed into biliary acids.
Hercampuri is a traditional plant used since the time of the Inca Empire to relief stomachaches, regenerate the hepatic functions, fight against the fevers produced by malaria, depurate blood, stimulate the biliary function, and as a remedy for obesity.