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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: This plant is best prepared as a decoction or a tincture. To prepare a decoction: use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently boil in a covered pot for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and settle for 10 minutes and strain warm liquid into a cup (leaving the settled powder in the bottom of the pan). It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal decoctions and tincture extracts, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: None reported.
Drug Interactions: None reported