Vermicidal / Anti-Tumor / Analgesic


Paico Leaf Tea
(Tea leaves of Dysphania ambrosioides
and Mentha piperita, shown in
picture with 30 ml. of Oje.
Oje is purchased separately.)

Code 397 -- Price: $9.95
Net : 85 Grams

Code 397C -- Price: $11.95
120 Capsules x 500 mg.

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Summarized Description: The product is an herbal blend of Paico and Peppermint -- both possessing vermicidal properties, with the former the stronger contributor to this medicinal property. Despite the efforts of the medical establishment to "pooh-pooh" Paico's worm-killing capabilities, studies have consistency bore out its efficacy. In one study conducted in Peru [Span.] Paico demonstrated a 100% success rate in killing Ancylostoma and Trichuris (roundworm) and a 50% kill rate for Ascaris. Other studies describe the process by which intestinal worms are paralyzed by Paico and eliminated from the digestive tract. Despite having a wide array of other properties (see below), Paico's use as an vermicidal agent is still its most common medicinal use.

Uses & Protocols
Preparation is easy : this is a standard decoction. Take 20 grams (approximately 1/4 of the contents of the bag or roughly 5 Tablespoons) and add to one gallon of purified water. (You may prorate from this.) Bring to a boil and then let sit at simmer for 15 minutes. Drink one 8 oz. glass three to four times a day ("Plantas Medicinales de Uso Popular en la Amazonia Peruviana"). For minor parasitic issues, Peruvians follow this regimen for four days; more serious parasites, seven days. Leslie Taylor recommends a lower dose of 1/2 cup once daily as a maintenance dose. The three day duration appears to be widely recommended.
Directions for Capsule Use: Take two capsules, two times a day, or as otherwise directed by your practitioner.

Warnings & Contraindications
If you are going to use Paico internally as a vermifuge, use a tea product like the one that we sell. There is a small quantitative difference between the therapeutic dosage of the seed oil of this plant and its legal dosage. Drinking a tea made from the leaves, as we suggest, is the safest way to take it. It is also the way in which indigenous peoples traditionally ingest it, as well. If you take Paico as we prescribe, you will avoid overdosing, the symptoms of which include headache, dizziness, vomiting and convulsions.
Paico is an abortifacient. Never take this product during pregnancy, while trying to conceive, or while lactating (breast-feeding).

Five years or more.

James Duke's Handbook of Medical Plants of Latin America
Medicinal Activities
Further information for practitioners: World-famous botanist Dr. James Duke attributes the following activities to this plant (p. 277-283; see hardcopy cover at right), drawn from the extant literature. (See his graduation for "level of efficacy" on our amazon traditionals page; followed by Duke's bibliographic abbreviations (in capital letters), which we identify on a separate page.)

  • Abortifacient (f; CRC, PH2, WBB; ZUL);
  • Acaricide (1; MD2, X15384350);
  • Amoebicide (1; CRC; MPG);
  • Analgesic (f1; CRC; TRA);
  • Antemetic (f; EGG);
  • Anthelmintic (f1; BOU; PHR; PNC; TRA; 60P);
  • Antiaflatoxigenic (1; X17174000);
  • Antiasthmatic (f; PH2);
  • Anticancer (1; X16307762);
  • Antifeedant (f; ZUL);
  • Antiinflammatory (f; VOD);
  • Antileishmanic (f1; X16636536; X17254746; X8701041);
  • Antimalarial (1; TRA);
  • Antioxidant (1; X16307762; X17174000);
  • Antiseptic (f1; AHL; EGG; ZUL; 60P);
  • Antispasmodic (f; BOU; CRC; DEP; JTR; WBB; WO2; ZUL; 60P);
  • Antitumor (1; X16307762);
  • Antitussive (f; CRC; EGG);
  • Anti-ulcer (1; MPG; TRA; 60P);
  • Apifuge (1; ZUL);
  • Ascaricide (1; AAB; CRC);
  • Bactericide (1; TRA);
  • Carcinogenic (1; AAB; TRA);
  • Cardiodepressant (1; MPG; TRA);
  • Cardiotone (f; ZUL);
  • Carminative (f1; BOU; CRC; DAV; FAD);
  • Contraceptive (f; DAV; EGG; SAR);
  • Cytotoxic (1; X16219440);
  • Decongestant (f; DAV);
  • Depurative (f; DAV);
  • Diaphoretic (f; CRC; WBB; ZUL);
  • Digestive (f; BOU; VOD);
  • Diuretic (f; CRC);
  • Emmenogogue (f; BOU; CRC; DEM; JFM);
  • Febrifuge (f; BOU; DEM);
  • Fungicide (f1; AAB, TRA; X17174000; 60P);
  • Genotoxic (1; X16219440);
  • Hepatoprotective (f; EGG);
  • Hypotensive (1; TRA; 60P);
  • Insecticide (1; CRC; TRA; X15384351);
  • Lactagogue (f; BOU; CRC);
  • Myorelaxant (1; MPG; TRA; 60P);
  • Narcotic (f; CRC);
  • Nematocide (f1; GMJ; JE92:215; X17588325);
  • Nervine (f; CRC);
  • NO-genic (1; X17156956);
  • Panacea (f; DEM);
  • Paralytic (1; PHR);
  • Parasiticide (f; VOD);
  • Pectoral (f; WO2);
  • Plasmodicide (f; WO3);
  • Poison (1; CRC; JFM)
  • Protisticide (1; TRA);
  • Purgative (f; DAV);
  • Respirostimulant (1; MPG; TRA);
  • Sedative (f; AAB);
  • Snake Repellent (f; ZIM, ZUL);
  • Spasmogenic (1; PHR);
  • Stimulant (f; BOU; CRC; PH2);
  • Stomachic (1; BOU, CRC; HHB);
  • Sudorific (f; CRC);
  • Tonic (f; CRC; DEM; DEP; HHB);
  • Tumorigenic (1; X625070);
  • Vermifuge (f12; FAD; PHR; VOD; ZUL).

Further information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
  • Abscesses (f; EGG; RAR);
  • Amoebiasis (12; CRC; FAD; IED; KAP);
  • Amenorrhea (f; CRC);
  • Anemia (f; CRC; WO2; ZUL);
  • Angina (f; MPB);
  • Apoplexy (f; DLZ);
  • Appendicitis (f; CRC; JFM);
  • Arthrosis (f; CRC; DAV; EGG);
  • Asthma (f; IED; MPG; PH2; 60P);
  • Athlete's Foot (f; EGG);
  • Bacillus (1; WO2);
  • Bacteria (1; JE66:347);
  • Bites (f; CRC; JFM; MPG);
  • Bleeding (f; PH2);
  • Brochosis (f; VOD);
  • Bruises (f; EGG; JFM);
  • Burns (f; JFM);
  • Cancer (f1; JLH; X16307762; X17707603);
  • Cancer, eye (f; JLH);
  • Cancer, uterus (f; JLH);
  • Caries (f; RAR);
  • Chest Ache (f; DEM; ZIM);
  • Childbirth (f; CRC; JFM);
  • Cholera (f; DAV);
  • Chorea (f; JFM);
  • Colds (f; ZUL);
  • Colic (f; CRC; JTR; MD2, MPG; ZUL);
  • Conjunctivosis (f; AHL; VOD);
  • Convulsions (f; VAG; ZIM; ZUL);
  • Coughs (f; EGG; MPG; WO2; ZUL);
  • Cramps (f; BOU; DAV; PH2; ZUL);
  • Delirium (f; ZIM);
  • Dermatophyte (f; CRC);
  • Dermatosis (f; CRC; DAV; MPG; 60P);
  • Diarrhea (f; TRA);
  • Dislocation (f; JFM);
  • Dysentery (f; CRC; KAP);
  • Dyslactea (f; BOU);
  • Dysmenorrhea (f; CRC; MPG);
  • Dyspepsia (f1; CRC; DAV; JFM);
  • Dyspnea (f; CRC; JFM);
  • Dysuria (f; JFM);
  • Eczema (f; PH2; ZUL);
  • Enterosis (f; CRC, EGG; MKK; WO2);
  • Epilepsy (f; DLZ);
  • Erysipelas (f; HHB; ZUL);
  • Fatigue (f; CRC);
  • Fever (f; BOU; VAG; ZIM; ZUL);
  • Flu (f; DAV);
  • Fracture (f; EGG; JFM);
  • Fungus (f1; CRC; EGG; X17174000);
  • Gas (f1; FAD; FNF; JFM);
  • Gastralgia (f1; TRA);
  • Gastrosis (f; DEM; EGG; NPM; TRA);
  • Gonorrhea (f; DEM);
  • Gout (f; DAV);
  • Guinea Worm (1; WO2);
  • Hangover (f; AAB);
  • Headache (f; DEM);
  • Hemiplegia (f; DLZ);
  • Hemorrhoids (f; DAV; EGG; MPG; JTR; 60P);
  • Hepatosis (f; DLZ; TRA);
  • High Blood Pressure (1; MPG; 60P);
  • Hookworm (f12; CRC; FAD; KAP);
  • Hyperacidity (f; EGG);
  • Hysteria (f; DAV; WO2);
  • Induration (f; JLH);
  • Infection (1; JE66:347; ZUL; 60P);
  • Inflammation (f; MPG; 60P);
  • Insanity (f; VAG);
  • Insomnia (f; AAB; ZUL);
  • Jaundice (f; DLZ);
  • Laryngitis (f; DAV);
  • Laziness (f; DEM);
  • Leishmania (f1; X16636536; X17254746; X8701041);
  • Leprosy (f; ZUL);
  • Madness (f; ZIM; ZUL);
  • Malaria (f1; MPG; TRA; WO2; WO3; 60P);
  • Measles (f; CRC; JFM; ZUL);
  • Metrorrhagia (f; PH2);
  • Mycosis (f1; CRC; EGG; TRA; X17174000; 60P);
  • Nausea (f; EGG);
  • Nematode (f1; JE92:215; X17588325);
  • Nephrosis (f; 60P);
  • Nervousness (f; DEM);
  • Neurosis (f; CRC; MPG; ZUL);
  • Ophthalmia (f; JLH);
  • Pain (f1; CRC; JFM; TRA; VAG; ZUL);
  • Palpitations (f; CRC; JFM);
  • Paralysis (f; PH2);
  • Parasites (f1; AAB; AHL; HHB; JFM; TRA; VOD);
  • Plasmodium (1; WO3);
  • Proctorrhagia (f; CRC; JFM);
  • Pseudomonas (1; WO2);
  • Peurperium (f; CRC);
  • Pulmonosis (f; EGG);
  • Rheumatism (f; CRC; DEM; EGG; PH2);
  • Roundworm (f12; CRC; FAD; KAP; PHR);
  • Smallpox (f; ZUL);
  • Sores (f; CRC; TRA; WO2; X8701041);
  • Spasms (f; JTR);
  • Splenomegaly (f; ZUL);
  • Staphylococcus (1; WO2);
  • Stings (f; MPG);
  • Stomachache (f; DAV; EGG; JTR; TRA; WO2; ZUL; 60P);
  • Swelling (f; DEM; EGG);
  • Tapeworm (2; FAD; PHR);
  • Toothache (f; CRC; DEM; JFM);
  • Trypanosomiasis (1; JNP65:509);
  • Tuberculosis (f1; DAV; JE66:347);
  • Tumors (f1; CRC; DAV; X16307762; X17156956);
  • Ulcers (f1; MPG; NPM; TRA; WO2; ZUL; 60P);
  • Urethrosis (f; EGG);
  • Uteralgia (1; VAG; ZIM; ZUL);
  • VD (f; DEM);
  • Worms (f; BOU; CRC; DEM; MD2);
  • Wounds (f; MD2).

To U.S. Users: This product have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Paico has geographic distribution throughout the Americas and is highly regarded by scores of native groups.

In small "free markets" in Peru ("ferias libres"), it is not uncommon to see Paico sold in small bundles, for use in the preparation of tea.

Bienvenidos a Ucayali
Sourcing From
The Peruvian

All the materials used to make our AO Paico Blend are wild-crafted from sources in the Ucayali Region of Peru.

Dosages &
Duke provides a "food farmacy potential" score for this plant of, "FNFF=?" ("Very questionable survival food . . .)." Dosages: "Though often listed as an edible potherb, as an anti-gas spice in soups and salsas, or used in preparation of hot pepper sauces, etc., I'd use very sparingly! Topically applied in hemorrhoids (SOU). 1 g (HHB); 2-4 ml. liquid extract (PNC); 0.03-0.1 g fresh shoots / kg / day, no more than 3 days; not more often than once every 6 months (TRA); 1-4 g. powdered seed (PNC); 4 tsp. powdered seed at bedtime, for 4 days, as anthelmintic (NPM) (much to much for safety (JAD)). Adult dosage: 20 drops in a.m. on empty stomach followed by purgative in 2 hr (PH2); pediatric dose; 1 drop for each year of age, repeat in 1 hr. (PH2). "
  • Afro-Brazilian Candomblé: Take leaf juice or tea for hysteria and internal pain (VOD).
  • Belize: Boil root of 1 large plant 10 min. in 2 cups water for hangover ("crudo"). Also, Paico taken as hot leaf tea, sedative (AAB).
  • Cuba: Use as anthelmintic, antispasmodic, hemostat, stomachic, and vermifuge, for colic and stomachache (JTR).
  • Haiti: Rub the shoot onto the skin to kill parasites (VOD) or use shoot infusion as a digestive and stomachic.
  • Mexico: Infuse 20 g leaves in a 1 liter water as diuretic, emmenagogue, sudorific, and vermifuge (JFM).
  • New Mexican Latinas take leaves with salt as abortifacient or for postpartum pain (JFM).
  • Nigerians: Paste leaves and seeds ijn palm oil on guinea worm (WO2).
  • Peru: Madre de Dios Peruvians wash wounds with paico and tobacco tea (MD2); elsewhere in Peru, leaves are topically applied topically to treat arthritis (EGG); leaf tea is taken for acid stomach, diabetes, dysmenorrhea, gas, hemorrhoids, and rheumatism (EGG); decoction used for colds, colic, gastrosis, urethrosis, and worms (EGG; MD2).
  • Tikuna: Take root / shoot decoction during menstral cycle each month as contraceptive (SAR).

Above: Mentha piperita growing wild. Below: Like Paico, this herb is frequently found in the marketplace growing in small, discrete bundles.