The common cane, or cane-do-kingdom, is an invasive plant species, which very quickly appropriates the soil in which it is grown. Scientific name arundo donax, reaches four to six meters in height. It is native to Middle East Asia, the Mediterranean Basin and most likely parts of South Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It was first introduced in California, United States, in 1820, to provide raw material for roof construction and erosion control. The plant has adapted very well to the warm American coastal climate, expanding its proliferation and becoming invasive. It was also inserted in South America and Australasia.

It has been cultivated by different cultures for millennia. The ancient Egyptians used to use the leaves of this plant to wrap their dead. The stem (cane) has a lot of strength and flexibility, which makes it viable for the manufacture of reeds for wind instruments such as the clarinet, saxophone, flute and oboe. Due to its rapid growth, it is also used to manufacture cellulose and biomass, as well as fishing rods and canes. In Portugal, it is also used in the manufacture of rockets and as a support for some agricultural plants.

therapeutic uses

Regular sugarcane is highly indicated for the treatment of lung diseases, such as bronchitis and catarrhal conditions, in addition to being very good against hay fever, which treats this disease before it becomes something more serious, such as sinusitis and asthma. As it has bufotenine, it allows to treat respiratory inflammation and serves to calm the pain they produce. It is also effective against kidney cramps, thrush, sores, difficult digestion, jaundice, wounds and helps to tone the heart muscles.

medicinal properties

The root of this plant has a mild diuretic, depurative and lactifuge action, in addition to acting as a sweating agent and is also an energy restorative.

common tea

Put 40 grams of the root of this plant, cut into slices, in a liter of boiling water. Allow to cool and sweeten. Drink an average of four cups a day. If consumed hot and sweetened with honey, it’s great against colds and flu.

Contraindications and side effects

It is contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women. This plant should be consumed very sparingly, as some of its assets can cause hallucinations if ingested in excess. Therefore, it is always good to look for a doctor or specialist before starting any type of treatment, so that the recommended dose is known. Never replace conventional treatment, as this plant serves as a complement.

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