The Healing Power of Rainforest Plants

The Tropical Plant Database

Ailments, Diseases & Conditions

The World Health Organization estimates that up to 80 percent of the world's population still relies mainly on herbal medicine for primary health care - especially in developing nations and rainforest countries. People in tropical forests around the world have utilized the plants growing in their backyards as part of their primary health care systems for millennia. In fact, archaeologists have discovered the remains of plants used as medicine at archaeological dig sites in Latin and South America dating back to 8000 B.C. In the northwestern Amazon alone, at least 1,300 plant species are used to create drogas do certao or "wilderness drugs" for the primary health care needs in the region today - many of which have never been subjected to any type of scientific research yet.

Traditional uses of medicinal plants can be very important, especially to researchers and drug companies. If a plant has been used in a specific way for a specific purpose for many years and in many different geographical areas, there is probably a reason for it. It is this rapidly growing industry (called ethnobotany) that helps scientists target which plants to research first and what to study them for. Indigenous people originally discovered the medicinal uses of three-quarters of the plant-derived drugs in use today.

Let's face it, pharmaceutical drugs aren't getting any cheaper and most are out of the financial reach of a peasant or farmer in the Amazon who earns the equivalent of $50 U.S. monthly to support a family of seven. That doesn't mean he and his family can't afford to be sick, or aren't faced with many of the same illnesses and maladies as people in developed nations. What it does mean is that plant-based medicines are often the most accessible and appropriate therapy for a wide diversity of health problems experienced by rural and rainforest inhabitants. Oftentimes, this population cultivate and transplant wild medicinal plants in and around their homes and villages that are employed to treat common fevers, fungal infections, respiratory problems, pain, gastrointestinal problems and even antidotes for poisonous snake bites, among many others health problems they are faced with. But it also doesn't mean that many wouldn't rather have a convenient aspirin or two to take for a simple headache occasionally instead of going through the time consuming steps of harvesting some leaves, bark or roots out of the forest and boiling it into a headache tea remedy. The sad fact is that even aspirin can be unavailable or too expensive for some forest dwellers.

This guide serves as a quick reference for matching a disorder or condition to the plants that have been used in tropics, developing nations, and in the rainforests to treat it. Diseases commonly found in developing nations lacking adequate immunization programs and other specific tropical diseases are found in the following list for this reason as well. This information has been provided as a summary of historical medicinal uses for the plants by disease and condition. It is NOT any medical claim that the plants have been scientifically or clinically proven to cure or effectively treat these listed diseases or conditions in any way. This information was compiled, cataloged and condensed from more than 500 published sources of documentation referenced in the Notes section of this book. It is for informational purposes and to provide a beginning point to categorize and cross-reference the extensive information provided in section 3. It also shouldn't suggest that these plants are more effective or suitable to treat these conditions than other westernized drugs or products which might be available here in the U.S. but not available in the countries where these plants grow and where their history of medicinal use has been recorded. Sometimes it really is just easier and better to take an aspirin to relieve the occasional headache (if you have access to it and can afford it). Just because traditional herbal medicine and herbal remedies are often used in the Amazon and other remote areas to replace conventional medicine and drugs due to socioeconomic factors or simple unavailability, it is not advisable to use them here to replace or avoid proper medical care and drugs that could be beneficial. Again, conventional medicine and traditional medicine systems should ideally play complementary roles in health care. . . one should not substitute the other.

If you are looking for natural remedies for a serious medical disease or condition, please, always seek the advice and help of qualified professionals. There are many health professionals available these days with practical medical training as well as education and experience with medicinal plants, supplements, nutrition and dietary recommendations. Find one. Books like this one, as well as the internet, are good places to begin your research - especially when looking up and verifying both conventional and complementary products, therapies, treatments and drugs. However, don't start and end there. Get qualified help and advice from experienced health professionals that can combine the best products and therapies into an effective and comprehensive treatment program which combines the best of both health systems and practices to help you. Please always remember too, many medicinal plants (including those featured in this book) have active biological properties and active chemicals which should be treated with care, respect and knowledge. Some are not without side effects and most have little data on them about their suitability and contraindications in combination with the many pharmaceutical drugs that are commonly and routinely prescribed here in the U.S.

The plants are listed below in preferred order of which are best for the condition indicated based on practitioner observation and use.

Abdominal Pain (Also see Amazon Stomach-Ez)
jurubeba, carqueja, artichoke, erva tostao, kalanchoe, epazote, clavillia, abuta, bitter melon, fedegoso, chuchuhuasi

guaco, erva tostao, fedegoso, picao preto, sarsaparilla, epazote, graviola, cat's claw, samambaia, aveloz (topical), clavillia, balsam, jurubeba

(Also see Sangre de grado resin)
sangre de grado, andiroba, scarlet bush, mutamba, juazeiro, copaiba, fedegoso, balsam, kalanchoe (also see Wounds)

Acid Reflux (see Heartburn)

(Also see Amazon Skin A Support)
abuta, sarsaparilla, bitter melon, espinheira santa, damiana, fedegoso, tayuya. chuchuhuasi, artichoke, andiroba (external), clavillia, cat's claw

Adrenal Gland Disorders
(Also see Amazon Adrenal Support)
chuchuhuasi, tayuya, erva tostao, espinheira santa, maca, catuaba, suma, muira puama, cat's claw, artichoke, passionflower

Aging (anti)
(Also see Amazon Vitality)
samambaia, cat's claw, sarsaparilla, suma, yerba mate, andiroba (topical), annatto

(Also see Amazon A-V)
jergon sacha, mullaca, bitter melon, carqueja, amargo, chanca piedra, macela, clavillia, vassourinha, cha de bugre, catuaba, simarouba, cat's claw, pau d'arco

(Also see Amazon Sinus Support)
amor seco, nettle, kalanchoe, gervao, guaco, carqueja, jatoba, pau d'arco, picao preto, yerba mate, bitter melon, cat's claw, samambaia

Alopecia (Hair Loss)
nettle, mutamba, avenca, gervao, catuaba, sarsaparilla, muira puama, chuchuhuasi, picao preto, guarana (topical), quinine, jaborandi (topical), juazeiro (topical)

Amebic Infections
(Also see Amazon A-P)
simarouba, amargo, epazote, erva tostao, guava, graviola, quinine, bitter melon, carqueja, gervao

Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
(Also see Amazon Menstrual Support)
damiana, sarsaparilla, suma, espinheira santa, Brazilian peppertree, avenca, chuchuhuasi, vassourinha, macela, gervao, epazote, maca, jergon sacha, tayuya, balsam, cat's claw

mullaca, vassourinha, simarouba, anamu, Brazilian peppertree, suma, graviola, cat's claw

Alzheimer's Disease
(Also see Amazon Brain Support)
abuta, samambaia, cat's claw, velvet bean, catuaba, sarsaparilla, guarana, damiana, mulungu, simarouba, suma, yerba mate, anamu

Anal Warts
(Also see Amazon A-V Topical)
sangre de grado, vassourinha, bitter melon, clavillia, pau d'arco, macela, Brazilian peppertree, jergon sacha

carqueja, jurubeba, amargo, chanca piedra, camu camu, maca, erva tostao, vassourinha, fedegoso, acerola, artichoke, suma, nettle, espinheira santa, simarouba, pau d'arco, quinine

mulungu, abuta, Brazilian peppertree, embauba, picao preto, epazote, carqueja, cat's claw

amargo, samambaia, jatoba, jurubeba, boldo, damiana, sarsaparilla, clavo huasca, quinine, carqueja, simarouba, passionflower, yerba mate

(Also see Amazon Calm Support)
mulungu, passionflower, tayuya, manaca, damiana, catuaba, damiana, graviola, guava, muira puama, velvet bean, suma, anamu, curare

(Also see Amazon Heart Support)
Brazilian peppertree, quinine, guava, mulungu, abuta

Arteriosclerosis / Atherosclerosis
macela, cat's claw, artichoke, yerba mate, acerola, guaco, guarana, camu camu, bitter melon, suma, vassourinha, sarsaparilla

(Also see Amazon Joint-Muscle Support)
amor seco, cat's claw, guaco, iporuru, tayuya, abuta, picao preto, chuchuhuasi, nettle, mulungu, scarlet bush, gervao, kalanchoe, samambaia, anamu, manaca, pau d'arco, mullaca, sarsaparilla, vassourinha, graviola, cipo cabeludo, suma, copaiba (topical), andiroba (topical)

Arthritis, rheumatoid See Autoimmune Disorders

(Also see Amazon Lung Support)
amor seco, embauba, avenca, guaco, mutamba, samambaia, jatoba, mullaca, gervao, abuta, macela, nettle, kalanchoe, chuchuhuasi, mulungu, bitter melon, espinheira santa, epazote, fedegoso, anamu, balsam, damiana

Athlete's Foot
(Also see Amazon A-F Topical)
jatoba, sangre de grado, copaiba, pau d'arco, Brazilian peppertree, fedegoso, anamu, mulateiro, scarlet bush, juazeiro

Autoimmune Disorders
(Also see this Information and this product)
mullaca, anamu, macela, fedegoso, cat's claw, samambaia, clavillia, Brazilian peppertree, erva tostao, picao preto, pau d'arco, velvet bean, nettle, suma, sarsaparilla

Back Injuries/Pain (Also see this for muscles and this for nerves)
tayuya, iporuru, cat's claw, guaco, amor seco, mulungu, manaca, picao preto, vassourinha, scarlet bush, gervao, chuchuhuasi, sarsaparilla, cipo cabeludo, pau d'arco, copaiba (topical), kalanchoe (topical), andiroba (topical),

Bacterial Infections (general)
(Also see Amazon C-F Support)
picao preto, mullaca, anamu, mutamba, embauba, Brazilian peppertree, guava, fedegoso, picao preto, sangre de grado, sarsaparilla, kalanchoe, macela, graviola, erva tostao, annatto, avenca, simarouba, vassourinha, guaco, bitter melon, cashew, clavillia, copaiba, juazeiro, mulateiro, scarlet bush, pau d'arco, chanca piedra, guacatonga, stevia, balsam

sangre de grado, copaiba, gervao, anamu, annatto, scarlet bush

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
(Also see Amazon Prostate Support)
nettle, mutamba, jatoba, vassourinha, cipo cabeludo, graviola, damiana, chanca piedra, pau d'arco

Bladder Disorders
(Also see Amazon Urinary Support)
jatoba, pau d'arco, abuta, anamu, chanca piedra, cipo cabeludo, erva tostao, fedegoso, annatto, clavillia, Brazilian peppertree, amor seco

Brazilian peppertree, picao preto, erva tostao, jatoba, amor seco, chanca piedra, mutamba, embauba, vassourinha, amargo, cipo cabeludo, manaca, abuta, tayuya

jurubeba, amargo, artichoke, simarouba, boldo, carqueja, bitter melon, gervao, epazote, quinine, clavo huasca

anamu, guaco, mullaca, clavillia, mutamba, copaiba (topical), picao preto, fedegoso, mulateiro, pau d'arco, annatto (topical), scarlet bush, (topical)

Bowel Disorders
(Also see Amazon Bowel Support)
cat's claw, boldo, macela, jurubeba, sangre de grado, simarouba, tayuya, anamu, mutamba, artichoke, bitter melon, carqueja, gervao, guaco, cipo cabeludo, clavillia, epazote, annatto

Breathing Problems
(Also see Amazon Lung Support)
embauba, amor seco, avenca, samambaia, guaco, mullaca, mutamba, guava, nettle, picao preto, gervao, macela, jatoba, pau d'arco, abuta

(Also see Amazon Throat-Ez Extract)
picao preto, embauba, guaco, samambaia, abuta, amor seco, avenca, jergon sacha, bitter melon, simarouba, gervao, fedegoso, anamu, jatoba, mullaca, mutamba Brazilian peppertree, macela, abuta, clavillia, epazote, juazeiro

scarlet bush, kalanchoe, sangre de grado, andiroba, mulateiro, juazeiro, sarsaparilla, nettle, mutamba, annatto

(Also see Amazon Joint-Muscle Support)
cat's claw, iporuru, chuchuhuasi, amor seco, tayuya, picao preto, guaco, gervao, nettle, sarsaparilla

(Also see Amazon N-Tense)
graviola, espinheira santa, mullaca, abuta, mutamba, vassourinha, bitter melon, guacatonga, simarouba, cat's claw, anamu, pau d'arco, fedegoso, sangre de grado, suma, amargo, copaiba

Candida (yeast infections)
(Also see Amazon A-F Support)
jatoba, pau d'arco, clavillia, anamu, fedegoso, Brazilian peppertree, graviola, sangre de grado, andiroba (topical), copaiba (topical), mulateiro (topical), guaco, guava

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
manaca, mulungu, iporuru, tayuya, amor seco, pau d'arco, kalanchoe

Cartilage Disorders
tayuya, cat's claw, iporuru, maca, acerola, camu camu

bitter melon, jaborandi, annatto, erva tostao, fedegoso, gervao, Brazilian peppertree, acerola, camu camu, cat's claw

amor seco, jatoba, avenca, mutamba, balsam, nettle, guaco, cipo cabeludo, graviola, erva tostao, picao preto, chanca piedra

Cavities, Dental
(Also see Copaiba)
copaiba, stevia, juazeiro, anamu, cashew

Celiac Disease
(Also see Amazon Bowel Support)
cat's claw, macela, anamu, boldo, sangre de grado, jurubeba, simarouba, tayuya, gervao

andiroba (topical), acerola, cha de bugre

anamu, fedegoso, bitter melon, mullaca, clavillia, scarlet bush, sarsaparilla, Brazilian peppertree, picao preto, gervao, simarouba, amor seco, cat's claw

Central Nervous System Disorders
(Also see Amazon CNS Support)
manaca, kalanchoe, passionflower, mulungu, damiana, muira puama, guava, guarana, catuaba, yerba mate, velvet bean, vassourinha

Cervical Dysplasia
(Also see N-Tense)
abuta, graviola, andiroba, cat's claw, anamu, fedegoso, erva tostao, bitter melon, clavillia, macela, jergon sacha, gervao, chuchuhuasi, mullaca

Chagas Disease
amargo, epazote, guaco, mullaca, macela, anamu, pau d'arco, clavillia, embauba, copaiba, carqueja, andiroba

(Also see Amazon A-V Support)
mullaca, bitter melon, vassourinha, jergon sacha, macela, clavillia, chanca piedra, cat's claw, sangre de grado (topical), copaiba (topical)

abuta, anamu, avenca, bitter melon, embauba, scarlet bush, vassourinha, mutamba, sangre de grado, picao preto, gervao

Cholecystitis see Gallbladder and Bile Duct Diseases

Cholelithiasis see Gallstones

Cholesterol, Triglycerides: Elevated
(Also see Amazon Blood Support)
artichoke, bitter melon, boldo, velvet bean, chanca piedra, guava, carqueja, yerba mate, suma, sarsaparilla, vassourinha, maca, cat's claw, annatto, acerola, andiroba

mutamba, guava, anamu, guaco, erva tostao, sangre de grado

guava, embauba, epazote

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(Also see this Information and this product)
cat's claw, mullaca, anamu, fedegoso, jergon sacha, chuchuhuasi, maca, pau d'arco, catuaba, clavillia, sarsaparilla, jatoba, guarana, yerba mate, suma, macela, muira puama, mutamba, gervao, erva tostao

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
embauba, abuta, amor seco, avenca, jatoba, samambaia, cat's claw, macela, epazote, gervao, guaco, mullaca, mutamba

(Also see Amazon Liver Support)
erva tostao, chanca piedra, carqueja, boldo, picao preto, artichoke, guaco, fedegoso, gervao

Cold Sores See Herpes simplex

Colds & Flu
(Also see Amazon C-F Support)
picao preto, fedegoso, mullaca, amor seco, ayapana, mutamba, Brazilian peppertree, bitter melon, clavillia, gervao, guava, simarouba, guaco, macela, jergon sacha, kalanchoe, anamu, avenca, pau d'arco, samambaia, balsam, acerola, camu camu, cat's claw

guava, jurubeba, amor seco, passionflower, boldo, cashew, damiana

(Also see Amazon Bowel Support)
cat's claw, ayapana, boldo, bellaco caspi, simarouba, macela, picao preto, anamu, gervao, tayuya, sangre de grado, cipo cabeludo, clavillia, jurubeba, amor seco

Colon Polyps
graviola, mutamba, sangre de grado, cat's claw, bitter melon, mullaca, vassourinha

annatto (topical), picao preto, guava, vassourinha, Brazilian peppertree, epazote, sarsaparilla, fedegoso, clavillia, abuta

jatoba, annatto, fedegoso, artichoke, graviola, boldo, clavillia, epazote

erva tostao, amor seco, abuta, mulungu, nettle, graviola, manaca, annatto, tayuya, anamu, guava, kalanchoe, macela, passionflower

(Also see Amazon Throat-Ez)
guaco, embauba, amor seco, ayapana, passionflower, guava, samambaia, avenca, mutamba, balsam, jatoba, picao preto, gervao, jergon sacha, vassourinha, epazote, juazeiro, kalanchoe, macela, velvet bean

Crohn's Disease
cat's claw, ayapana, sangre de grado, macela, boldo, mullaca, fedegoso, carqueja, anamu, Brazilian peppertree, clavillia, gervao, guaco, cipo cabeludo, simarouba, tayuya, abuta, artichoke

avenca, embauba, jergon sacha, mutamba, guaco, balsam, epazote, guava, gervao, samambaia

Cuts & Wounds
sangre de grado, scarlet bush, ayapana, ayapana, cat's claw, nettle, andiroba, juazeiro, copaiba, balsam, Brazilian peppertree, espinheira santa, sarsaparilla, guacatonga, guaco, picao preto

Cystic Fibrosis
amor seco, samambaia, nettle, embauba, gervao, picao preto, abuta, erva tostao, amargo

Cystitis See Interstitial Cystitis

copaiba, juazeiro, avenca, nettle, quinine, guarana, balsam, brazil nut, artichoke

Degenerative Nerve Diseases
sangre de grado, samambaia, cat's claw, sarsaparilla, guarana, velvet bean, passionflower, mulungu, tayuya, manaca, pau d'arco, yerba mate, picao preto,

Dementia see Memory Disorders

Dengue Fever
abuta, simarouba, amargo, jergon sacha, mullaca, anamu, chanca piedra, bitter melon manaca, kalanchoe, guaco, scarlet bush, juazeiro, vassourinha

mulungu, tayuya, passionflower, muira puama, damiana, graviola, cat's claw, Brazilian peppertree, yerba mate

Internal: samambaia, pau d'arco, cat's claw, sarsaparilla, boldo, fedegoso, tayuya, suma External: andiroba, copaiba, scarlet bush, sangre de grado, juazeiro, mutamba, guacatonga, mulateiro, balsam, annatto

pata de vaca, pedra hume caa, bitter melon, chanca piedra, stevia, annatto, chuchuhuasi, embauba, guava, macela, mullaca, mutamba, vassourinha, carqueja, anamu

Diabetic Kidney Problems
chanca piedra, erva tostao, sarsaparilla, also see Kidney Diseases (General)

Diabetic Macular Degeneration
chanca piedra, pedra hume caa, chuchuhuasi, annatto

Diabetic Neuropathy
sangre de grado, chanca piedra, pedra hume caa, chuchuhuasi, tayuya, annatto

Diaper Rash
andiroba, scarlet bush, copaiba, guava

sangre de grado, amargo, simarouba, guava, bitter melon, Brazilian peppertree, carqueja, cashew, fedegoso, epazote, anamu

Digestive Disorders
artichoke, carqueja, jurubeba, ayapana, espinheira santa, boldo, erva tostao, guacatonga, sangre de grado, amargo, quinine, cipo cabeludo, simarouba, annatto, bitter melon, cat's claw, gervao, amor seco, picao preto

mutamba, embauba, picao preto, mullaca, anamu, Brazilian peppertree, fedegoso, macela, avenca, guava, annatto, kalanchoe, erva tostao, simarouba, vassourinha, guaco, cashew, copaiba, jaborandi

cat's claw, boldo, abuta, sangre de grado, jurubeba, macela, tayuya, passionflower, gervao, anamu

Dry Eye Syndrome

simarouba, amargo, guava, sangre de grado, epazote, erva tostao, Brazilian peppertree, cashew, mutamba, anamu, clavillia, fedegoso, gervao

Dysmenorrhagia (painful menstruation)
abuta, erva tostao, vassourinha, amor seco, tayuya, iporuru, manaca, chuchuhuasi, passionflower, scarlet bush

Dyspepsia See Indigestion

E. coli Infections
anamu, guava, macela, bitter melon, mutamba, embauba, sangre de grado, jatoba, catuaba, kalanchoe, annatto

Ear Infections /Earaches
annatto (topical), gervao, (topical), clavillia, fedegoso, vassourinha, mullaca, guava (topical), boldo, kalanchoe (topical), picao preto, cashew

Eating Disorders
amargo, quinine, guava, sarsaparilla, damiana, simarouba, boldo, carqueja, jurubeba, artichoke

sarsaparilla, andiroba, tayuya, samambaia, bitter melon, sangre de grado, copaiba, balsam, nettles, clavillia, cashew, guacatonga (topical), gervao, guaco, vassourinha, pau d'arco, cat's claw, boldo, suma, fedegoso

chanca piedra, annatto, kalanchoe, cha de bugre, erva tostao, nettles, amor seco, anamu, guacatonga, Brazilian peppertree, jaborandi, curare, picao preto, jurubeba, carqueja

mutamba, pata de vaca, sarsaparilla, nettles, samambaia

jatoba, macela, anamu, embauba, manaca, samambaia, avenca, amor seco, epazote, gervao, guaco, mullaca, mutamba

simarouba, amargo, jergon sacha, mullaca, anamu, chanca piedra, bitter melon manaca, kalanchoe, guaco, scarlet bush, juazeiro, vassourinha

Endocrine Disorders
maca, sarsaparilla, abuta, chuchuhuasi, damiana, suma, muira puama, catuaba, nettle

abuta, graviola, tayuya, iporuru, gervao, chuchuhuasi, erva tostao, cat's claw

Enteritis see Gastritis/Gastroenteritis

mulungu, manaca, amor seco, passionflower, catuaba, muira puama, graviola, tayuya

Epstein-Barr Virus
bitter melon, tayuya, cat's claw, suma, Brazilian peppertree, mullaca, jergon sacha, macela, chanca piedra, vassourinha, clavillia

Erectile Dysfunction see Impotency

vassourinha, gervao, mutamba, jurubeba, fedegoso, scarlet bush, Brazilian peppertree, annatto, copaiba, fedegoso, anamu, erva tostao, kalanchoe, abuta, nettle

Eye Diseases
annatto, cashew, guava, jaborandi

jatoba, maca, guarana, chuchuhuasi, yerba mate, suma, catuaba, muira puama, sarsaparilla

Fatty Liver
chanca piedra, artichoke, boldo, erva tostao, fedegoso, carqueja, picao preto, gervao

juazeiro, scarlet bush, manaca, vassourinha, kalanchoe, velvet bean, nettle, boldo, quinine, amargo, curare, guaco, mutamba, simarouba

Fibroids see Uterine Fibroids

mullaca, anamu, macela, Brazilian peppertree, clavillia, manaca, chuchuhuasi, fedegoso, gervao, tayuya, iporuru, muira puama, mulungu, amor seco, passionflower

guaco, erva tostao, fedegoso, picao preto, anamu, epazote, graviola, samambaia, clavillia

jurubeba, epazote, bitter melon, carqueja, espinheira santa, copaiba, boldo, chanca piedra, kalanchoe, macela, artichoke

embauba, nettle, epazote, sangre de grado, clavillia, Brazilian peppertree, scarlet bush, kalanchoe

Fungal Infections
jatoba, pau d'arco, anamu, fedegoso, picao preto, copaiba, sangre de grado, mulateiro, Brazilian peppertree, clavillia, graviola, guava, kalanchoe, scarlet bush, picao preto, embauba, guacatonga, vassourinha

Gallbladder and Bile Duct Diseases
artichoke, boldo, chanca piedra, erva tostao, amargo, carqueja, jurubeba, macela, abuta, avenca, balsam, bitter melon, fedegoso, gervao

chanca piedra, boldo, carqueja, avenca, amargo, artichoke, cipo cabeludo, jurubeba, macela, erva tostao

Gastritis & Gastroenteritis
jurubeba, carqueja, espinheira santa, guava, macela, boldo, epazote, picao preto, gervao, guaco, sangre de grado, cat's claw, simarouba, amargo, pedra hume caa, tayuya, sarsaparilla

Gastrointestinal Bleeding
sangre de grado, Brazilian peppertree, abuta, carqueja, erva tostao, picao preto, cashew, mutamba, simarouba

Genital Warts see Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Giardia Infections
guava, simarouba, anamu, mutamba


mutamba, pau d'arco, picao preto, annatto, bitter melon, boldo, Brazilian peppertree, clavillia, embauba, chanca piedra, erva tostao, cat's claw, copaiba, curare, jaborandi

chanca piedra, carqueja, cipo cabeludo, tayuya, boldo, artichoke, epazote, manaca, guaco, sarsaparilla, jergon sacha, velvet bean, bitter melon, picao preto, yerba mate, chuchuhuasi, Brazilian peppertree, balsam

Gum Diseases
Brazilian peppertree, anamu, mulungu, macela, guava, samambaia, cat's claw, fedegoso, pau d'arco, gervao, juazeiro, clavillia

Hair Loss see Alopecia


Hay Fever see Allergies

Head Lice
amargo, andiroba, balsam, fedegoso, graviola (seeds), nettle

iporuru, tayuya, manaca, vassourinha, mulungu, pau d'arco, amor seco, scarlet bush, passionflower, kalanchoe, guaco, gervao, guarana, muira puama, chuchuhuasi, damiana, abuta, cat's claw

Heart Diseases (General)
abuta, avenca, Brazilian peppertree, embauba, cha de bugre, cat's claw, guarana, graviola, guava, mulungu, gervao, artichoke, jurubeba, yerba mate, suma, vassourinha, sarsaparilla, chanca piedra, picao preto, stevia, quinine, boldo, bitter melon, samambaia, erva tostao

Heart Palpitations
mulungu, Brazilian peppertree, quinine, abuta, guava

Heart Valve Diseases
mullaca, Brazilian peppertree, anamu, clavillia, macela, fedegoso, tayuya, iporuru

carqueja, espinheira santa, guacatonga, boldo, epazote, guaco, gervao, picao preto, annatto, jergon sacha

Heat Stroke
scarlet bush, guarana, manaca, kalanchoe, mulateiro, mutamba

Helicobacter pylori Stomach Ulcers
carqueja, pau d'arco, cashew, bitter melon (fruit), balsam, copaiba, guacatonga

damiana, mulungu, manaca

abuta, sangre de grado, Brazilian peppertree, erva tostao, mutamba, picao preto, annatto, pedra hume caa, scarlet bush, simarouba, kalanchoe, juazeiro,

Hemorrhagic Fevers
embauba, guava, epazote, Brazilian peppertree, clavillia, mutamba, erva tostao, scarlet bush

sangre de grado, Brazilian peppertree, copaiba, vassourinha, epazote, erva tostao, passionflower, picao preto, chuchuhuasi, artichoke, quinine, yerba mate, nettle

chanca piedra, jergon sacha, mullaca, anamu, macela, sangre de grado, clavillia, fedegoso, bitter melon, vassourinha, mutamba, erva tostao, gervao, carqueja, picao preto, mulungu

jergon sacha, mulungu, fedegoso, pau d'arco, tayuya, iporuru

Herniated Disk
iporuru, tayuya, chuchuhuasi, amor seco, gervao, guaco, picao preto, kalanchoe, sarsaparilla

Herpes Simplex (I & II)
jergon sacha, sangre de grado, mullaca, vassourinha, mutamba, simarouba, bitter melon, clavillia, pau d'arco, cha de bugre, macela, carqueja, chanca piedra, guacatonga, embauba, andiroba

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
cat's claw, jergon sacha, mullaca, sangre de grado, pau d'arco, bitter melon, vassourinha, gervao, clavillia, macela, passionflower

Hiatal Hernia
carqueja, guaco, guacatonga, espinheira santa, sangre de grado, tayuya, gervao, picao preto, boldo, jergon sacha, epazote, annatto

High Blood Pressure
abuta, graviola, chanca piedra, picao preto, erva tostao, Brazilian peppertree, embauba, stevia, mulungu, mutamba, fedegoso, guava, carqueja, passionflower, vassourinha, jurubeba, nettle


nettle, kalanchoe, guaco, amor seco, pau d'arco, gervao, picao preto, carqueja, sangre de grado (topical), andiroba (topical) (also see Allergies)

Hodgkin's Disease
bitter melon, graviola, pau d'arco, mullaca, vassourinha, anamu, mutamba, cat's claw, espinheira santa, simarouba, suma

Hot Flashes
manaca, scarlet bush, vassourinha, kalanchoe

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
andiroba, bitter melon, sangre de grado, jergon sacha, copaiba, vassourinha, clavillia, cat's claw, macela, mullaca, chanca piedra

Huntington's Disease
velvet bean, guava, embauba, epazote, mulungu, manaca, samambaia, cat's claw

Hypertension see High Blood Pressure

Immune System Disorders
cat's claw, anamu, mullaca, fedegoso, samambaia, macela, suma, chuchuhuasi, sarsaparilla, bitter melon, acerola, camu camu, erva tostao

sangre de grado, pau d'arco, anamu, mullaca, embauba, clavillia, fedegoso, copaiba (topical), andiroba (topical), annatto (topical), kalanchoe (topical)

muira puama, velvet bean, catuaba, damiana, nettle, sarsaparilla, iporuru, suma, maca, macela, amor seco, mutamba, cashew

jurubeba, artichoke, amargo, espinheira santa, carqueja, boldo, damiana, gervao, picao preto, guacatonga, bitter melon, passionflower, guaco, quinine, simarouba

Infectious Mononucleosis
picao preto, fedegoso, mullaca, Brazilian peppertree, mutamba, guaco, bitter melon, cat's claw, clavillia, anamu, jergon sacha, suma, macela

Infertility, Female
maca, abuta, suma, chuchuhuasi, iporuru

Infertility, Male
maca, velvet bean, catuaba, chuchuhuasi, muira puama, sarsaparilla

Inflammatory Conditions
iporuru, guaco, amor seco, tayuya, ayapana, cat's claw, chuchuhuasi, guaco, copaiba, embauba, manaca, mulungu, erva tostao, scarlet bush, picao preto, samambaia, abuta, kalanchoe, gervao, nettle, passionflower, pau d'arco, guacatonga, juazeiro, anamu, andiroba, boldo, carqueja, cashew, fedegoso, jurubeba, macela, sangre de grado, sarsaparilla, suma, vassourinha, velvet bean

Influenza See Colds & Flu

Insect Bites and Stings
sangre de grado, guacatonga, guaco, scarlet bush, copaiba, kalanchoe, jergon sacha, embauba, vassourinha, amargo, mulateiro, picao preto, gervao, abuta,

Insect Repellant
andiroba, amargo, mulateiro, clavillia, simarouba, annatto, fedegoso, guaco, Brazilian peppertree, quinine, cashew, aveloz

manaca, mulungu, passionflower, catuaba, boldo, graviola, kalanchoe

Interstitial Cystitis
jatoba, copaiba, boldo, cipo cabeludo, pau d'arco, erva tostao, annatto, anamu, chanca piedra, Brazilian peppertree, abuta, samambaia, picao preto, sarsaparilla, pata de vaca, jurubeba, artichoke, mulungu, nettle

Intestinal Parasites
amargo, simarouba, epazote, boldo, fedegoso, carqueja, quinine, andiroba, balsam, graviola, bitter melon, gervao, erva tostao

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
cat's claw, ayapana, macela, sangre de grado, boldo, artichoke, jurubeba, simarouba, tayuya, anamu, abuta, fedegoso, gervao, guaco, mullaca

andiroba, sangre de grado, nettle, kalanchoe, scarlet bush, artichoke, guaco, chanca piedra, guava, fedegoso, picao preto, gervao, balsam, bitter melon, vassourinha, pau d'arco

chanca piedra, artichoke, erva tostao, boldo, fedegoso, carqueja, picao preto, avenca, abuta, vassourinha, scarlet bush, bitter melon, annatto, jurubeba, guava, curare

Jock Itch See Fungal Infections

Kidney Disorders (General)
chanca piedra, erva tostao, cipo cabeludo, vassourinha, mutamba, amor seco, nettle, amargo, jatoba, picao preto, samambaia, copaiba, abuta, carqueja, anamu, mullaca, sarsaparilla, damiana, cat's claw, annatto, fedegoso, gervao, pata de vaca, curare

Kidney Failure & Dialysis
erva tostao, chanca piedra, samambaia, sarsaparilla, cat's claw

Kidney Stones
chanca piedra, amargo, abuta, boldo, kalanchoe, bitter melon, curare, avenca, cipo cabeludo, erva tostao, gervao, pata de vaca

guaco, sangre de grado, picao preto, avenca, guava, jatoba, amor seco, cat's claw, macela, balsam, epazote, jaborandi

mullaca, picao preto, vassourinha, simarouba, cipo cabeludo, anamu, suma, pau d'arco, cat's claw, bitter melon, espinheira santa, amargo, graviola

sarsaparilla, mutamba, guacatonga, bitter melon, fedegoso, vassourinha, andiroba, clavillia, tayuya, nettle, pata de vaca

cashew, pau d'arco, chuchuhuasi, graviola, sarsaparilla, copaiba, kalanchoe

Lice See Head Lice

espinheira santa, artichoke, embauba, andiroba (topical), sangre de grado (topical), vassourinha, erva tostao, picao preto, fedegoso mullaca, cat's claw

Listeria Infections
anamu, pau d'arco, mullaca

Liver Disorders (General)
Chanca piedra, erva tostao, picao preto, carqueja,ayapana, fedegoso, boldo, chanca piedra, gervao, artichoke, amargo, macela, jurubeba, mulungu, guaco, annatto, avenca, epazote

Lupus see Autoimmune Disorders

Lymphatic Diseases
manaca, sarsaparilla, kalanchoe, jergon sacha, cat's claw, suma, gervao, guaco, espinheira santa, graviola

Macular Degeneration see Diabetic Macular Degeneration

quinine, simarouba, amargo, vassourinha, epazote, fedegoso, graviola, guava, pau d'arco, picao preto, andiroba, chanca piedra, abuta, erva tostao

mullaca, amargo, sarsaparilla, clavillia, jergon sacha, macela, epazote, vassourinha, chanca piedra, sangre de grado (topical)

Memory Disorders
samambaia, catuaba, sarsaparilla, guarana, suma, anamu, velvet bean, cat's claw, maca, muira puama, damiana, epazote

Men's Health (General)
muira puama, sarsaparilla, catuaba, chuchuhuasi, mutamba, suma, cipo cabeludo, velvet bean, cat's claw

abuta, espinheira santa, damiana, suma, sarsaparilla, chuchuhuasi, kalanchoe, mulungu, avenca, bitter melon, clavo huasca, maca, passionflower

Menorrhagia (excessive menstruation)
abuta, Brazilian peppertree, ayapana, erva tostao, vassourinha, sarsaparilla, nettle, velvet bean, chanca piedra

Menstrual Cramps
abuta, manaca, amor seco, mulungu, iporuru, tayuya, passionflower, vassourinha, kalanchoe, scarlet bush

Metrorrhagia (bleeding between periods)
abuta, damiana, nettles, sarsaparilla, espinheira santa, suma, vassourinha, maca

manaca, iporuru, passionflower, tayuya, pau d'arco, mulungu, guarana, scarlet bush, vassourinha, kalanchoe

jatoba, Brazilian peppertree, anamu, pau d'arco, clavillia, fedegoso

Molluscum contagiosum
sangre de grado, bitter melon, clavillia, mullaca, macela, vassourinha, jergon sacha, copaiba

Morning sickness

Mouth Ulcers
sangre de grado, guaco, Brazilian peppertree, pau d'arco, jatoba, clavillia, mutamba, copaiba (topical), fedegoso, anamu, bitter melon, mullaca, macela, jergon sacha, vassourinha, carqueja

Multiple Myeloma
graviola, mullaca, bitter melon, cat's claw, espinheira santa, guacatonga, vassourinha, mutamba, anamu, simarouba, amargo, suma

Multiple Sclerosis
jergon sacha, mullaca, macela, sangre de grado, tayuya, iporuru, manaca, pau d'arco, amor seco, mulungu, bitter melon, clavillia, vassourinha, gervao

clavillia, velvet bean, jergon sacha, cat's claw, bitter melon, jergon sacha, macela, mullaca, vassourinha

Muscle Aches
scarlet bush (topical), copaiba (topical), amor seco, iporuru, cat's claw, tayuya, chuchuhuasi, kalanchoe, vassourinha, sarsaparilla, guaco, picao preto, gervao, abuta

Muscle Cramps/Spasms
amor seco, abuta, vassourinha, manaca, iporuru, mulungu, embauba, passionflower, graviola, macela, kalanchoe, erva tostao, fedegoso, gervao, quinine, mutamba, mullaca, velvet bean, amargo, scarlet bush

Nausea and Vomiting
jurubeba, ayapana, artichoke, gervao, guava, fedegoso, carqueja, kalanchoe, macela, mullaca, boldo

chanca piedra, erva tostao, cipo cabeludo, sarsaparilla, mutamba, mullaca, guava, artichoke, abuta, picao preto, jatoba, damiana, jaborandi

Nervousness see Anxiety

manaca, sangre de grado, passionflower, mulungu, iporuru, tayuya, pau d'arco, macela, guaco, catuaba, gervao, muira puama, guarana, chuchuhuasi, cipo cabeludo, gervao, quinine, abuta, nettle

Neurologic Diseases (General)
mulungu, manaca, passionflower, velvet bean, damiana, muira puama, sarsaparilla, samambaia, sangre de grado, cat's claw, guarana, catuaba, bitter melon

Neuromuscular Disorders
abuta, iporuru, tayuya, amor seco, passionflower, cat's claw, chuchuhuasi, picao preto, sarsaparilla, guaco, gervao

sangre de grado, chuchuhuasi, cat's claw, muira puama, annatto

cha de bugre, guarana, picao preto, yerba mate, carqueja, jurubeba, stevia

cat's claw, tayuya, iporuru, chuchuhuasi, amor seco, picao preto, gervao, sarsaparilla, guaco

anamu, vassourinha, mullaca, simarouba, fedegoso, Brazilian peppertree, amor seco, picao preto, gervao, bitter melon, macela, cat's claw (also see Bacterial Infections)

Otitis Media see Ear Infections

boldo, jergon sacha, artichoke, samambaia, picao preto, mullaca, mutamba, anamu, chanca piedra, nettle, epazote

Parasites (skin)
amargo, andiroba, balsam, mutamba, mulateiro, juazeiro, kalanchoe, epazote, bitter melon, guaco

Parkinson's Disease
velvet bean, embauba, mulungu, passionflower, manaca, pau d'arco, suma

Peptic Ulcer
gervao, carqueja, ayapana, espinheira santa, guacatonga, cat's claw, bitter melon, epazote, jurubeba, picao preto, copaiba, sangre de grado, boldo

Pertussis see Whooping Cough

guaco, sangre de grado, picao preto, scarlet bush, avenca, guava, pau d'arco, amor seco, cat's claw, macela, balsam

Pinworms see Intestinal Parasites

Pityriasis Rosea see Dermatitis

guaco, avenca, samambaia, copaiba, nettle, anamu, sarsaparilla, epazote, jaborandi (Also see Bacterial and Viral Infections)

damiana, manaca, mulungu, muira puama, suma, sarsaparilla, suma, passionflower, guarana

Pneumonia - bacterial (Streptococcus & Klebsiella pneumoniae)
embauba, mutamba, picao preto, kalanchoe, avenca, guava, pau d'arco, erva tostao, macela, fedegoso, Brazilian peppertree, mullaca, cat's claw, guaco, simarouba, gervao, samambaia

Pneumonia - fungal (Pneumocystis carinii)
embauba, jatoba, pau d'arco, kalanchoe, anamu, fedegoso, picao preto, guava, Brazilian peppertree, mutamba, copaiba, sarsparilla, scarlet bush

Pneumonia - mycoplasmal (Mycoplasma pneumonia)
mullaca, macela, anamu, Brazilian peppertree, clavillia, fedegoso, embauba

Pneumonoa - viral (several strains)
jergon sacha, vassourinha, mutamba, mullaca, anamu, macela, bitter melon, sangre de grado, pau d'arco, picao preto, embauba

Poison Ivy
sangre de grado (topical) andiroba (topical), gervao, guaco, nettle, picao preto, pau d'arco

jatoba, nettle, cipo cabeludo, mutamba, pau d'arco, Brazilian peppertree, chanca piedra, curare, artichoke, cat's claw

samambaia, pau d'arco, fedegoso, sarsaparilla, cat's claw, suma, mullaca, boldo, bitter melon, cashew, jaborandi, andiroba (topical), copaiba (topical)

Respiratory Disorders (General)
embauba, guaco, kalanchoe, avenca, vassourinha, samambaia, amor seco, Brazilian peppertree, jatoba, balsam, anamu, pau d'arco, picao preto, gervao, mutamba, guava, espinheira santa, sarsaparilla, nettle, epazote, jergon sacha, juazeiro

cat's claw, iporuru, chuchuhuasi, embauba, picao preto, tayuya, gervao, vassourinha, mulungu, abuta, guaco, manaca, sarsaparilla, nettle, amor seco, samambaia, fedegoso, pau d'arco, scarlet bush, anamu, kalanchoe, suma, cipo cabeludo

Rheumatoid Arthritis see Autoimmune Disorders

Rhinitis see Allergies

jatoba, fedegoso, sangre de grado, copaiba, pau d'arco, anamu, balsam, Brazilian peppertree, clavillia, epazote, bitter melon, chanca piedra, velvet bean

mullaca, samambaia, pau d'arco, cat's claw, sarsaparilla, suma, pata de vaca, boldo, fedegoso

Salivary Gland Disorders
jaborandi, espinheira santa, amargo, picao preto, Brazilian peppertree

Salmonella Infections
simarouba, guava, embauba, bitter melon, erva tostao, macela, picao preto, abuta, guarana

samambaia, embauba, graviola (also see Autoimmune Disorders)

amargo, bitter melon, andiroba, balsam, mutamba, fedegoso, pau d'arco, guava, scarlet bush, jergon sacha, mulateiro, copaiba, kalanchoe, amor seco

sangre de grado, andiroba, copaiba, samambaia, sarsaparilla

pau d'arco, cipo cabeludo, macela, graviola (seeds), bitter melon, epazote, cashew, jatoba, guacatonga, pata de vaca, copaiba

tayuya, manaca, iporuru, mulungu, pau d'arco, quinine, kalanchoe, muira puama

Scleroderma see Autoimmune Disorders

picao preto, erva tostao, avenca, cat's claw, balsam

mullaca, anamu, clavillia, macela, fedegoso, Brazilian peppertree, amargo, sarsaparilla, samambaia, manaca, cashew, tayuya

copaiba, juazeiro, guarana, mulateiro, sarsaparilla, andiroba, tayuya, samambaia, bitter melon

amor seco, mulungu, manaca, passionflower

Senility see Memory Disorders

Sepsis see Bacterial Infections

Sexual Dysfunction Female
clavo huasca, catuaba, abuta, damiana, suma, chuchuhuasi, velvet bean, maca, sarsaparilla, vassourinha, simarouba

Sexual Dysfunction Male
muira puama, catuaba, nettle, velvet bean, sarsaparilla, mutamba, iporuru, damiana, maca, amor seco, macela, cashew

Shingles See Herpes Zoster

Sickle Cell Anemia

amor seco, nettle, kalanchoe, gervao, guaco, carqueja, jatoba, pau d'arco, picao preto, yerba mate, bitter melon, cat's claw, samambaia

Skin Rash see Dermatitis

Sleep Disorders
manaca, mulungu, kalanchoe, passionflower, vassourinha, graviola

Snake Bite
jergon sacha, guaco, guacatonga, picao preto, tayuya, velvet bean, annatto, amargo, curare

Sore Throat
guaco, guava, sangre de grado, vassourinha, copaiba, picao preto, scarlet bush, samambaia, carqueja, fedegoso, cashew, abuta, pau d'arco, andiroba, juazeiro, kalanchoe, epazote, balsam

Spastic Colon See Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Spleen Disorders
erva tostao, mulungu, carqueja, jurubeba, nettle, tayuya, avenca, artichoke, bitter melon, graviola, quinine

Sprains and Strains
tayuya, iporuru, embauba, manaca, abuta, amor seco, mulungu, cat's claw, chuchuhuasi, vassourinha, kalanchoe, cipo cabeludo, pau d'arco, amargo, gervao, sarsaparilla, scarlet bush (topical), copaiba (topical), macela (topical)

Staphylococcus Infections
mutamba, mullaca, anamu, macela, copaiba, erva tostao, bitter melon, guava, avenca, Brazilian peppertree, pau d'arco, kalanchoe, mulungu, annatto, chanca piedra

Stomach Ulcers see Helicobacter pylori Ulcers and Peptic Ulcers

Stretch Marks
andiroba (topical), copaiba (topical), sangre de grado (topical), brazil nut (oil)

Strep Throat
mutamba, mullaca, gervao, copaiba, gervao, bitter melon, pau d'arco, guaco, kalanchoe

manaca, catuaba, mulungu, passionflower, damiana, muira puama, kalanchoe

samambaia, cat's claw, gervao, guaco

Sunstroke see Heat Stroke

mutamba, sarsaparilla, manaca, clavillia, pau d'arco, boldo, Brazilian peppertree, samambaia, copaiba, cashew, vassourinha, guaco, scarlet bush, gervao, abuta, damiana, tayuya, guacatonga, nettles, chanca piedra, mucuna, pata de vaca, catuaba, jaborandi

Testicular inflammation
abuta, curare

fedegoso, guaco, copaiba, andiroba, passionflower, annatto, curare, anamu, clavillia (also see Bacterial Diseases)

Thrush see Candidia

Tick Bites See Insect Bites & Stings

mutamba, picao preto, mullaca, carqueja, cashew, copaiba, guaco, anamu, Brazilian peppertree, fedegoso, gervao, sangre de grado, clavillia

guaco, anamu, epazote, simarouba, amargo, fedegoso

picao preto, anamu, fedegoso, Brazilian peppertree, amor seco, bitter melon, pau d'arco, sarsaparilla, kalanchoe, jatoba, manaca, copaiba, balsam, chanca piedra, velvet bean, acerola

Ulcerative Colitis
sangre de grado, ayapana, cat's claw, macela, picao preto, boldo, sarsaparilla, fedegoso, guaco, pau d'arco, simarouba

Ulcers see Helicobacter pylori Ulcers and Peptic Ulcers

Urinary Tract Infections
chanca piedra, anamu, jatoba, nettle, boldo, cipo cabeludo, copaiba, fedegoso, Brazilian peppertree, epazote, curare, vassourinha, amor seco, espinheira santa, picao preto, abuta, annatto, pau d'arco

Urticaria see Hives

Uterine Diseases
abuta, amor seco, anamu, Brazilian peppertree, cipo cabeludo, clavillia, curare, fedegoso, guaco, jatoba, pau d'arco, sarsaparilla, picao preto

Uterine Fibroids
abuta, graviola, mutamba, cat's claw, chuchuhuasi, simarouba, Brazilian peppertree

Vaginal Diseases (Infection, vaginitis, leucorrhea, etc)
jatoba, pau d'arco, anamu, amor seco, clavillia, abuta, curare, annatto, Brazilian peppertree, guava, fedegoso, sangre de grado, cashew, picao preto, bitter melon sarsaparilla

Varicose Veins
cat's claw, acerola, andiroba (topical), camu camu

gervao, guaco, cat's claw

Viral Infections
jergon sacha, mullaca, sangre de grado, anamu, chanca piedra, macela, bitter melon, pau d'arco, vassourinha, mutamba, kalanchoe, amargo, clavillia, erva tostao, picao preto, simarouba, carqueja, catuaba, cha de bugre, iporuru, stevia, cat's claw, Brazilian peppertree

Vitiligo see Autoimmune Disorders

aveloz (topical), sangre de grado (topical), copaiba (topical), bitter melon, embauba, clavillia, mullaca, vassourinha, pau d'arco, macela, jergon sacha, Brazilian peppertree, chanca piedra, sarsaparilla

Whooping Cough
jergon sacha, embauba, samambaia, kalanchoe, avenca, mulungu, guaco, guava, passionflower, mulungu (also see Bacterial Infections)

Wounds see Cuts & Wounds

Yeast Infections see Candida

Yellow Fever
amargo, jergon sacha, simarouba, mullaca, mutamba, gervao, anamu, vassourinha, chanca piedra, bitter melon, manaca, kalanchoe, scarlet bush, juazeiro

Women's Health (General)
abuta, catuaba, clavo huasca, chuchuhuasi, damiana, suma, sarsaparilla, vassourinha, erva tostao, cat's claw

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