Agonized is what we call a large plant that has very rigid wood, in addition to a very bitter bark. The cultivation in Brazil is quite extensive, mainly between Goiás and Rio Grande do Sul.

The plant, also known as white quina, sucuba, arapou, bellaco caspi, plumeria lanciflora, tapouca, arapuê, sucuba, sucuriba and several other names, has many medicinal properties. The parts used for these purposes and taking advantage of their benefits are the leaves and husks that can be used in the preparation of tea.

Properties and active ingredients

This vegetable has some properties that are derived from the following active principles:

  • resins
  • Plumerid
  • Essential oils – farnesol and citronerol
  • carbohydrates
  • Fulvolumerin
  • Irinoides
  • sugars
  • Bitter Principles
  • Alkaloids
  • Plumerin and plumeritanic acid
  • glycosides


The main benefit attributed to this plant is the control of menstrual cramps, but it can still be used to treat:

  • bronchial asthma
  • Anxiety
  • Fever
  • Cramps
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • chronic catarrh
  • Chlorosis
  • Amenorrhea (because it is a stimulant of gonadal function, in addition to being a regulator of menstrual cycles)
  • Pains (due to its properties as an analgesic and sedative)
  • Spasms
  • TPM
  • Dyspepsia
  • constipation
  • Edema
  • Gastritis
  • Inflammations
  • Among other affections.

how to prepare tea

To prepare Agonized Tea, you will need:

  • One liter of filtered or mineral water
  • Two tablespoons of crushed plant leaves

In a container, place the water and crushed leaves of agony and bring to the fire. When it starts to boil, mark the clock for ten minutes that the plant should be cooking. After this time, turn off the heat and cover, leaving the mixture to rest for approximately ten minutes. When it gets warm, strain and consume the tea.

The recommended dose is one cup every eight hours, more or less, totaling three daily doses, preferably in the morning, afternoon and evening. But don’t drink it all at once.


The consumption of the plant is contraindicated for pregnant women, as the plant, in addition to acting on the female reproductive system, can cause diarrhea, as they are more prone. It should also be avoided by children and lactating women.

The bark produces a latex that, when in high doses, can produce syncope, delirium and can even cause death. It is important that, before consuming any medicine, even if it is natural, you seek a specialized doctor to find out if a certain plant is ideal for you, in addition to checking drug interactions.