Indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest have been using the bark of chuchuhuasi medicinally for centuries; its name means "trembling back" which describes its long history of use for back pain.* This rainforest tree goes by several botanical names including Maytenus krukovii, M. ebenifolia, M. laevis, M. chuchuhuasca and M. macrocarpa. To learn more about this wonderful rainforest plant, go to the Tropical Plant Database file on Chuchuhuasi. To see pictures of chuchuhuasi, click here.
Traditional Uses:* as a pain-reliever, muscle relaxant, and an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, rheumatism, and back pain; as an aphrodisiac for loss of libido (male and female); to cool and balance adrenal function; to tone, balance, and strengthen female hormonal systems and for menstrual disorders, libido loss, menstrual pain and cramps; as a general tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions) and mild immune stimulant
Suggested Use: Take 60 drops (2 ml) 2-3 times daily of a concentrated tincture, or as directed by a healthcare professional. For more complete instructions on preparing your own herbal tincture, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: None reported.
Drug Interactions: None reported