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Matico has demonstrated broad spectrum antimicrobial actions which may help to explain its long history of use for various infections and infectious diseases. In various laboratory studies over the years, matico leaves and the essential oil from the leaves or fruits have demonstrated antibacterial actions against various Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. It has also been reported with actions against fungi and yeast. In addition, researchers in France reported matico had antiviral actions against polio virus. (See all cited research below.)
For more information about matico (Piper aduncum), please refer to the Database File for Matico in the Tropical Plant Database. More information can also be found in the Antimicrobial Guide. To see pictures of matico, click here.Traditional Uses:* for digestive problems (vomiting, nausea, stomachaches, dyspepsia); as a carminative and stomachic to expel intestinal gas and aid digestion; as an antiseptic wound healer for cuts, scrapes, ulcers, boils, etc.; as a hemostat for internal bleeding (uterine, gastric, pulmonary); for colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory problems Suggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instrutions on preparing herbal infusions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.