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In current herbal medicine systems in Brazil, guaco is well known and well regarded as an effective natural bronchodilator, expectorant and cough suppressant employed for all types of upper respiratory problems including bronchitis, pleurisy, colds and flu, coughs, and asthma; as well as for sore throats, laryngitis, and fever.* For more information about guaco (Mikania guaco), please refer to the Database File for Guaco in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of guaco, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for upper respiratory problems (coughs, bronchitis, colds/flu, asthma, allergies, etc.); for various internal and external bacterial and protozoal infections; for Candida and yeast infections; for snakebite and insect bites and stings; as an analgesic (pain-reliever) and anti-inflammatory for arthritis, rheumatism, intestinal inflammation, and ulcersSuggested 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 1/2 cup amounts, 3-4 times daily. For more complete instructions, see the Preparation of Herbal Remedies article.