Canchalagua is employed as an herbal remedy in the Peruvian Amazon for kidney, liver, and renal problems, malaria, diabetes, allergies, yeast infections, prostate inflammation, digestive disorders and intestinal gas, rheumatism, and various skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, and eczema.* For more information about canchalagua (Schkuhria pinnata), please refer to the Database File for Canchalagua. To see photographs of canchalagua click here.
Traditional Uses:* as a blood cleanser; used internally and externally for pimples, blackheads, and acne; as a diuretic and antimicrobial for urinary tract problems; for skin problems (eczema, dermatitis, etc.); for malaria
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 tinctures see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: None reported
Drug Interactions: None reported.
Canchalagua Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: infusion or capsules
Main Actions (in order): depurative (blood cleanser), antimicrobial, vulnerary (heals wounds/skin), anti-inflammatory, antimalarial
as a blood cleanser
used internally and externally for pimples, blackheads, and acne
as a diuretic and antimicrobial for urinary tract problems
for skin problems (eczema, dermatitis, etc.)
Properties/Actions Documented by Research: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antispasmodic, anti-yeast
Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: anti-inflammatory, antitussive, capillary tonic, depurative, digestive, diuretic, hypoglycemic, stomachic, styptic, and vulnerary
Cautions: None reported.
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