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Japecanga tea, benefits, properties and alternative medicine

by Dianna Leon

In competition with treatments carried out with chemically developed remedies, there is alternative medicine. This makes use of plants to treat diseases and symptoms. Among them, there is the Japecanga, known for its great therapeutic value, which is a plant of the Liliacea family, a vine typical of humid places like the banks of rivers spread throughout Brazil. The plant has been highlighted in popular medicine and has a long root, grayish or reddish on the outside, and white or reddish on the inside. Its stem has small thorns, its leaves are oval, its flowers are small and its fruits appear in small clusters. It is a root with depurative and diuretic properties, and its tea has a peculiar taste, slightly bitter.

What are the uses of Japecanga root?

The root is for medicinal use, and can be found in health food stores. It is used as an anti-inflammatory effective in eliminating bacteria and reducing acne healing time. Its diuretic action is excellent to end fluid retention, aiding in the weight loss process, in addition to acting as a great depurative, eliminating harmful toxins to the body. It is also indicated for the treatment of skin conditions, yaws, stomach pains that occur due to gastritis or ulcers, eczema, scrofula, herpes, syphilis – which is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria -, rheumatism and dermatitis, in addition to inflammation in skin caused by various allergic processes.


Acting as an anti-inflammatory and natural healing, Japecanga can be used as a compress for acne. To do this, boil 300 ml of water with five tablespoons of the dried plant root for fifteen minutes. Smother for ten minutes and then strain. Soak gases in this tea and apply to the skin, leaving it to act for five minutes.

japecanga tea

The tea can be used as a treatment for inflammatory diseases, gastritis, rheumatism and all the aforementioned diseases, as well as diuretic, eliminating fluid retention. For skin diseases, the ideal is a compression. To make tea, boil a glass of water with 2g of the plant. Smother it, let it cool, strain and then drink.

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