Native to the Amazon Basin and other tropical areas in Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, the common herb is a plant in the Amaranthaceae family. Its medicinal application appeared at least 300 years ago by the indigenous and riverside populations of the aforementioned regions.
Depending on where it is found, the plant can also be known as pfafia, current, suma, Brazilian ginseng , pfaffia and corango-açu. Its medicinal action is concentrated in the root, part used for the preparation of teas and pharmaceutical use, as a component of many medicines.
What is the mains tea for?
The medicinal use of the plant is very widespread, precisely because of the amount of diseases it can treat and cure. Among the main ones are: anemia, arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue , hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, menopause , diabetes, lymphatic diseases, rheumatism and skin problems.
In addition, the common herb is also used to combat tiredness , regulate cholesterol, against heart disease, depression, weakness, impotence, physical and mental resistance, stress, hyperglycemia, circulation problems, tremors, tumors and ulcers . The plant also boosts the immune system and stimulates appetite.
The common herb has a curative action, thanks to active principles based on beta-ecdysone, sitosterol, stigmasterol, saponins, nortriterpenes, mineral salts, amino acids, electrolytes, allantoin, vitamins of complexes A, B, E and K, pantothenic acid, saponins, stigmasterol, among others.
How to make current tea
In treatments where the use of tea is indicated, just separate 1 liter of water for every 10 grams of the root of the plant .
The first step is to bring the water to a boil. Once it reaches the boiling point, turn off the heat and add the root of the running herb. Let it rest for about 10 minutes with the container covered.
It is recommended that the intake of current tea does not exceed two cups per day.
The most recommended is that, before including the plant in the treatment of any disease, the doctor should be consulted.
In any case, due to the presence of saponins, excessive ingestion can cause nausea and gastric spasms. Patients with severe high blood pressure should also avoid the plant.
Inhaling root dust can cause allergic asthmatic reactions , so it is important that the person takes care when handling the plant parts.