Chuchuwasi, teacher amazon plant, traditional uses


Scientific name: Maytenus macrocarpa (R. & P.) Briq.
Botanical Family: Celastraceae


For the numbness of limbs, as an aphrodisiac, analgesic, antidiarrheal, anti-dysentery, anti-inflammatory, intestinal parasite (helminth), anti-pyretic, arthritis, against bronchitis, for dysmenorrhea, back and muscle pain, as a stimulant, for hemorrhoids, for impotence, for kidney inflammation, as an Immune system stimulant, in menstrual irregularities, as a tonic and muscle relaxant, for colds, rheumatism, as a sedative, in gastrointestinal disorders, for the treatment of nipple fissures, tuberculosis, for tumors, and ulcers.

  • As an aphrodisiac and for arthritis

Traditional Use: Stimulates sexual appetite and relieves pain, swelling, stiffness and heats the joints.
Preparation: Marinate 50 grams of roots and 200 milliliters of honey in one litre of alcohol at 70 ° for eight days.

Administration: Oral.                                                                                                Dosage: Take one glass a day, for a month.
Diet: Do not eat frozen or alcoholic drinks, in the case of arthritis the patient should be resting or avoiding physical exertion so as not to worsen the condition and aide recovery..
Recommendations: Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.  It keeps well in a dry glass container, in a cool, shaded place and out of reach of children.

  • As an analgesic

Traditional Use: Relieves pain in affected areas.
Preparation: Marinate 50g of root in a litre of alcohol at 70 °.
Administration: Oral.
Dosage: Take a drink every morning, for a week.
Diet: Avoid eating chili, coffee and liqueur, don’t bathe in the river, don’t get wet with rain water, avoid being in the direct sun and rest.
Recommendations: Assess the patient’s improvement or re-enforce the treatment, ensure a healthy diet, based on fruits and vegetables. It keeps well in a clean dry glass container, in a cool, shaded place.

  • Forback pain

Traditional Use: Relieves pain, stiffness and contractions of the lower back.
Preparation: Marinate 100 grams of bark in a litre of alcohol at 70 ° for eight days and sweeten with honey.
Administration: Oral.
Dosage: Take one prepared cup for fifteen days.
Diets: The patient should remain at rest, avoiding physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects.
Do not consume alcohol (brandy), and food rich in carbohydrates or fats.
Recommendations: You should eat healthy food based on fruits and vegetables. The preparation keeps well in a clean, dry glass container, in a cool shaded place and out of reach of children.

  • Against Rheumatism

Traditional Use: Relieves pain and inflammation of the joints, muscles and tendons.
Preparation: Crumble 250 grams of dried roots into a bottle with rum (brandy or ethyl alcohol 70-80%); seal the top for better maceration for seven consecutive days.

Administration: Oral.                                                                                            Dosage: Take one cup (60 to 75 milliliters) of the preparation, fast in the morning.

Diet: Save energy, rest, avoid getting wet with rain water; no sex; don’t consume pork, spices, alcohol, snuff or chili during treatment.                                                                                                                                                             Recommendations: In patients with gastritis, take after meals, not recommended for pregnant women or in children under fifteen years, don’t take drugs or consume more than the suggested dosage. Prolonged use may cause irritation of the gastric mucosa. Store at room temperature in the shade in a tightly sealed glass container, the contents can last many months.                             Keep out of reach of childrenand away from fire.

The following chemical elements have been found in it: sesquiterpene alkaloids, antioxidants, canophyllol, catechins, polyol esters, fenoldienonas, fenoldionas, flavonols, friedelin, laevisina A and B, macrocarpina A, B, C and D, maiteina, maitenina, maytansine , maitensina, mebeverine, nocotinil, pristimeran, proanthocyanidins A and B, sesquiterpenes, tannins and triterpenes tingenone (damarana triterpenes, friedelana triterpenes).


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