Identified as a plant belonging to the Lolanacea family, the manacá is originally Brazilian. Its medicinal properties are extracted from the use of leaves in popular curative knowledge, inherited from the indigenous and riverside population for hundreds of years.

The manacá is a small tree, reaching up to eight meters in height. The leaves of this plant are oval in shape, the calyx is tubular, bell-shaped and the branches have yellow pith. The fruit is a semi-woody capsule with numerous seeds.

Depending on where it is found, manaca can be known by many other names. Among the most common, highlight for vegetable mercury, jeratacá, jeratacaca, cangambá, caá-gamba, eratataca and mangagá. In addition to being medicinal, the plant can be used for ornamental purposes, given the beauty of its flowers, which take on white and purple tones.


From the chemical substances that can be found in this species, its use can be used in the process of treating and curing many diseases. However, before including it in any treatment, the indication is that the doctor is consulted.

Manacá has purgative, diuretic, emmenagogue, antivenereal, antisyphilic and antirheumatic action. It can also be used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, inflammatory conditions, pain, menstrual cramps, cramps, fevers, flu, colds and venereal diseases.

In addition to all these indications, manaca acts as a tonic and depurative for the lymphatic system.

eat tea

One of the most common ways to use manacá in the treatment of some of the diseases mentioned above is through the preparation of tea. For this you will need 200 ml of filtered water and a teaspoon of dried root. Bring the water to a boil, then add the plant part and turn off the heat.

Using a lid, allow the mixture to cool for about 10 minutes. This time is necessary for the plant to release all its properties in the drink. The indication is that the consumption of manaca tea is ingested between two to three times a day. However, it is good to consult the doctor first.


The plant can have some side effects when consumed in excess. Among the main ones are: increased bowel movements and pasty diarrhea in prone bowels. It can also lead to sensitization to salicylates and changes in blood coagulation.

Excessive consumption can also cause salivation, dizziness, general anesthesia, partial paralysis of the face, tongue edema and blurred vision. When high doses are ingested, look for a doctor who should, in addition to the usual measures for intoxication, carry out a symptomatic treatment and monitoring of functions.