Blood Purifier / Anti-Microbial / Weight Loss / Indigestion
Ground Leaves & Root
Code 317 -- Price: $4.95
Ground tea leaves: 85 gr. (net wt)
Makes Nearly 2 Gallons of Tea
(Using 11 g. or ≅ 1/3 cup
to make one quart)
is one of our native
, and although
originating from the Andes of South America, it has, over the past
century, been naturalized to many places around the world. Like
, canchalagua has a broad range of
medicinal uses and because of its immune-boosting properties,
there are few ailments that do not see at least some benefit
from its use.
Uses & Protocols
I. Preparation --- if you can boil water, you
can make this product: Professional herbalists will
recognize this as a standard decoction.
- Add 1/3 cups of Canchalagua to a large sauce pan,
along with one quart of purified water (0.95 liters).
You have enough product in the product bag to do
this seven to eight times.
- Heat until a very low-level boil or "barely boiling" level
has been reached and continue boiling for 5 minutes.
- Stir occasionally.
- Remove heat source and let cool.
- Pour the contents of your pan through a strainer
and into a large glass vase or container so
as to remove most of the tea fragments.
- Dispose of tea fragments.
- Drink your tea hot . . . refrigerate glass vase and
enjoy later as a refreshing cold tea . . . or refrigerate
and reheat later if you want to enjoy the product as a hot tea.
You may add cinnamon, lemon, and/or honey to taste.
More specific protocols for the use of the product are provided below.
Take under the advisement
of your naturopath or other health care practitioner.
Further information for practitioners:
World-famous botanist Dr. James Duke attributes the following activities
to this plant (p. 612-613; see hardcopy cover at right),
drawn from the extant literature. (See his graduation for "level of
efficacy" on our traditionals page;
followed by Duke's bibliographic abbreviations (in capital letters),
which we identify
on a separate page.)
- Antiallergic (f; MPG)
- Antidiabetic (f; MPG);
- Antiinflammatory (f1; MD2, RA2);
- Antimalarial (f1; MPG; RA2; X17486688);
- Antispasmodic (1; RA2);
- Antitussive (f; RA2);
- Antiyeast (1; RA2);
- Bactericide (1; MPG; RA2);
- Capillary Tonic (f; RA2);
- Cicatrizant (f; MPG);
- Cytotoxic (1; X17486688);
- Depurative (f; MPG; RA2)
- Detoxicant (f; MPG);
- Digestive (f; MPG; RA2);
- Diuretic (f; MPG; RA2);
- Fungicide (1; RA2);
- Hypoglycemic (f; EGG, RA2);
- Insecticide (f; DLZ);
- Lipolytic (f; MPG);
- NF-kappaB-Inhibitor (1; RA2);
- NO-Inhibitor (1; RA2);
- Pediculicide (f; RA2);
- Plasmodicide (1; RA2; X17486688);
- Pulicide (f; MPG, RA2);
- Stomachic (f; RA2);
- Styptic (f; RA2);
- Vulnerary (f; MPG; RA2).
Further information for practitioners:
Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
- Abscesses (f; MPG);
- Acne (f; EGG);
- Allergies (f; MPG; RA2);
- Bacillus (1; MPG);
- Bacteria (f1; MPG; RA2);
- Biliousness (f1:ROE);
- Bleeding (f; RA2);
- Calculus (f; ROE);
- Chancre (f; ROE);
- Childbirth (f; ROE);
- Coughs (f; RA2);
- Cystosis (f; DLZ);
- Dermatosis (f; RA2);
- Diabetes (f; EGG; MPG; RA2);
- Digestion (f; RA2);
- Dysmenorrhea (f; ROE);
- Dyspepsia (f; MPG);
- Eczema (f; RA2);
- Enteritis (f; ROE);
- Fungus (1; RA2);
- Gastritis (f; RA2; ROE);
- Hepatitis (f; RA2; ROE);
- Hyperglycemia (f; RA2);
- Infection (f1; MPG; RA2);
- Inflammation (f1; MPG; RA2);
- Malaria (f1; DLZ; MPG; RA2; X17486688);
- Mycosis (1; RA2);
- Nephrosis (f; DLZ);
- Obesity (f; DLZ; MPG);
- Oliguria (f; MPG);
- Ophthalmia (f; ROE);
- Pediculosis (f; RA2);
- Prostatitis (f; RA2);
- Pulmonosis (f; ROE);
- Respirosis (f1; ROE);
- Rheumantism (f; RA2);
- Sores (f; MPG);
- Spasms (1; RA2);
- Splinters (f; EGG);
- Stomachache (f; RA2; ROE);
- Stomatitis (f; MPG);
- Stones (f; ROE);
- Tumors (f; ROE);
- UTI's (urinary track infections); (f; RA2);
- Wounds (f; MPG; RA2);
- Yeast (f1; RA2);
- Yellow Fever (f; ROE).
To U.S. Users:
have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
All the materials used to
make our Amazonian & Andean Medicinal Teas are wild-crafted and harvested
from the Central Andes and Amazonian regions of Ecuador and Peru.
There are no cultivated varieties used.
Dosage / Usage
Duke provides a "food farmacy
potential" score for this plant of, "FNFF=X" ("I found nothing
credible suggesting the plant as food.") He indicates
a recommended dosage as "1 cup shoot or plant infusion 3x/day as blood cleanser
and diuretic (RA2); 1 to 2 g. capsule 2x/day for acne and as antimalarial." (RA2)
Indications for its
ethnobotanical use worldwide are broad and fall into the
following categories (p. 613):
- Gastrosis, malaria, and stomachaches (Africa).
- Gastrosis, stomachaches (Kenya)
- Malaria (Altenos indians).
- Antispasmodic (Native American)
- Diarrhea, respiratory infection, UTI's, antibiotic, vulnerary, weight loss, depurative (Argentina)
- Weight loss -- (root decoction / Bolivia / Peru)
- Malaria, cystosis, nephrosis (Bolivia)
- Acne, eczema, dermatitis, blood cleaner (Ketchwa)
- Repel fleas and lice (Bolivia and elsewhere in Latin America);
used similarly in Paraguay as an insecticide.
- Indigestion (Peru / Mexico)
- Vaginal yeast --(Peru)
- Obesity (Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador)
- This plant's entry on Herbal Ayurveda.
- Pictorial from Discover Life.
- Rainfree "Tropical Plant Database"
entry for canchalagua. Provides additional detail on the plant's medicinal
properties, along with medical literary
citations, as well as a chart on ethnomedical uses.
- USDA entry for
canchalagua from the its Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provides
detail on its botanical classification, as well as a map of its distribution
inside the continental U.S. See also the USDA's entry by its
Information Network, with additional database resources on the plant.
(Similarly, a distribution
map for New South Wales, Australia is online, a
photos from the same areas in NSW
can be found on Flickr.)
description of the plant, with emphasis on its physicalities.
- Entry for the plant
from the Southwest Environmental Information Network, again focussing on the plant's
- A rigorous
antioxidant evaluation of the plant, published by the Chemical Society of Mexico.
(This is the English version). Speaking of Mexico, there's a good site in Spanish
on this plant with
pictures and helpful links. A similar study
to the one above, also focussing on the plant's "sesquiterpene lactones," and yet another
- Vascular Plants
of the Gila Wilderness -- brief entry from the Western New Mexico Department of Natural Sciences
for this plant, with pictures.
- MetAfro entry, listing
references to medicinal studies (with distribution) on canchalagua in Africa.
- Scientific study showing
efficacy of this plant against acne;
another supporting its hypoglycemic activity
in diabetes; another
showing its effect in treating malaria.