Carqueja is a perennial green herb that grows nearly vertical to a height of meters and produces yellowish-white flowers at the top of the plant. The bright green, flat, winged stalks have a fleshy, succulent consistency and the "wings" take the place of leaves. The Baccharis genus is composed of more than species native to tropical and subtropical America. Carqueja is known by several botanical names in Brazil, including Baccharis genistelloides, B. It is found throughout the Amazon rainforest in Peru, Brazil, and Colombia, as well as in tropical parts of Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
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Carqueja is one of the more widely known and used medicinal plants in Brazil and other parts of South America. It is as popular in Brazil as a natural herbal liver aid and digestive aid as milk thistle is in the United States and Europe. More information can also be found in the Antimicrobial Guide. To see pictures of carqueja, click here. Main Actions in order : antacid, antiulcerous, digestive stimulant, hepatotonic tones, balances, strengthens the liver , detoxifier Main Uses: 1.
It should not be used during pregnancy. Share This Page. Contraindications: 1. Not to be used during pregnancy as carqueja has demonstrated uterine stimulant and abortive effects in rats. The use of this plant is contraindicated in persons with low blood pressure due to its documented hypotensive effects. Carqueja has been documented to lower blood glucose levels in human and animal studies.
As such, it is contraindicated in persons with hypoglycemia. Diabetics should monitor their blood sugar levels more closely if they use carqueja. Drug Interactions: None reported, however, it may increase the effect of diabetic and antihypertensive drugs. Other Practitioner Observations: 1. Carqueja has demonstrated antihepatotoxic liver detoxifying effects in animal studies.
Carqueja Plant Summary Main Preparation Method: tincture or capsules Main Actions in order : antacid, antiulcerous, digestive stimulant, hepatotonic tones, balances, strengthens the liver , detoxifier Main Uses: 1.
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Password forgotten? Back to the login. Remove the plant from its container and thoroughly soak the root ball. Place the plant not too deeply in a hole with a mixture of loose soil and topsoil with a mixture of loose soil, sandtype material and topsoil around the root-ball, gently tamping the earth. Water in. Water well during the first year. Apply an appropriate fertiliser in spring.