The herb known by the name of fáfia originates from regions of Brazil with tropical and subtropical climates, and can be found in practically the entire length of the country. The plant belongs to the Amaranthaceae family , and has soft branches with knots in the joints, and its leaves are simple, entire and opposite, while its flowers always appear in the terminal branches.Its root is tuberous, and the plant is large, with no great demands on climate and soil to survive, and can grow in different types of climates and lands. Also known as Brazilian ginseng, the plant can be used for medicinal purposes, mainly acting as a tranquilizer and aphrodisiac.

Benefits and properties of fafia

The plant, in addition to being used as a calming and aphrodisiac, has properties that allow its use to control anxiety and nervousness, acting as an anti-inflammatory, bactericide and analgesic. It also combats, due to its action as a stimulant, psychic and physical fatigue.

According to research carried out at the Experimental Oncology Laboratory of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, by the University of São Paulo, pfafic acid, found in the plant, helps to inhibit the growth of tumors, making it an excellent natural medicine for the treatment of cancer. cancer.

It is rich in vitamins A, complex B, C, D, E, F, in addition to containing saponins, mucilage, amino acids, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, allantoin, sitosterol, stigmasterol, phosphosides and pfafic acid. As a result, it can be used in cases of male sterility, in addition to acting as a natural, analgesic and anti-toxic healing agent, also enhancing insulin action, improving the functioning of the circulatory system and strengthening the heart. According to studies, it also helps in the treatment of sickle cell anemia and as a muscle relaxant. It can also be used to treat varicose veins, inflammation, tremors in elderly people, stress, fatigue, anemia and headaches.

How to prepare tea?


  • 1 teaspoon of chopped fáfia roots
  • 1 cup (of tea) of water

Preparation mode

Put the water in a container and heat it. Then, in a cup, place the fáfia roots and set aside. When the water starts to boil, add to the reserved roots, then cover the container and let it simmer until the mixture is warm. Just then strain and sweeten, if necessary, and then consume.

The recommended dose of tea is 1 cup of tea twice a day.

Contraindications and side effects

The plant is contraindicated for pregnant patients or breastfeeding women. In addition, child patients should not use the plant, as well as cardiac and hypertensive patients. Before using any medication, even if it is natural, it is essential to seek medical help, as some medications can offer interaction and several side effects related to health conditions.