Also known as picão and black beak, burr is a herb well known in Brazil, whose scientific name is Desmodium adscendens . In 2009, this plant was recognized as beneficial and used in phytotherapy by the Ministry of Health of Brazil.
It also has some similar species and belongs to the leguminosae family . The plant, small and creeping, is perennial and stoloniferous, and has branches that can reach 50 cm in length. Its flowers are pink in color and small, and its fruits are shaped similar to pods that are known as burrs or beetles because they easily stick to the clothes and hair of those who pass by.
Native to Brazil, in almost all regions, the plant is considered a weed whose popular names are donkey love, dry love, needle burr, cuambu burr, double burr, field macela, beggartick and many other names.
Benefits and properties
The tea made with this plant is indicated for the treatment of abscesses, cramps, conjunctivitis, worms, indigestion, hypertension, wounds – it acts as a healing agent -, hemorrhoids, dysentery, tonsillitis, canker sores, skin conditions, toothaches, headaches and diabetes. In addition, it can be used to treat scurvy and to improve elevated levels of liver enzymes. It also works to combat allergies and helps to clear the airways, treating persistent post-flu coughs and helping to treat snoring.
It is a powerful muscle relaxant and is therefore very suitable for the treatment of back pain. It works better than pain relievers as it has no side effects.
It has anthelmintic, tranquilizing, sedative, hypotensive, hypotensive, expectorant, stimulant, emollient, diuretic, depurative, healing, cathartic, carminative, antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibiotic, antibacterial and astringent action.
How to consume?
To prepare tea, use:
– 1 liter of water
– 2 tablespoons of the herb
In a container, put the water and herb. Take it to the fire and let it boil. When it reaches the boiling point, turn off the heat and cover, leaving the mixture smothered for approximately 10 minutes. Strain and consume.
The recommended doses are between 1 and 3 cups per day. Higher concentrations should only be used for inhalation in respiratory treatments.
Contraindications and precautions
Although contraindications and precautions for use were not found, it is always recommended to consult a doctor before consuming any medicine, even if it is natural.