July 25, 2016

Carqueja

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What other names is Carqueja known by?

Bacanta, Baccharis crispa, Baccharis cylindrica, Baccharis gaudichaudiana, Baccharis genistelloides, Baccharis milleflora, Baccharis myriocephala, Baccharis trimera, Baccharis trinervis, Baccharis triptera, Cacalia Amara, Caclia Doce, Cacalia-Amarga, Cacalia-Amargosa, Cacliadoce, Carqueja Amara, Carqueja-Amargosa, Carqueja-Do-Mato, Carquejilla, Carquejinha, Chinchimani, Chirca Melosa, Condamina, Cuchi-Cuchi, Quimsa-Kuchu, Quina-De-Condamiana, Quinsu-Cucho, Tiririca-De-Balaio, Tres-Espigas, Vassoura.

What is Carqueja?

Carqueja is an herb. People dry the parts of the plant that grow above the ground and use them to make medicine.

Carqueja is used to treat pain, indigestion, swelling, water retention, and constipation. It is also used to protect the liver, prevent ulcers, purify the blood, aid digestion, reduce fever, and cause abortion. Other uses include treating chest pain (angina), diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, intestinal worms, viral infections, and poor blood circulation. Carqueja is also used to increase sexual desire.

Some people apply carqueja directly to the skin to treat wounds.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Pain.
  • Indigestion.
  • Water retention.
  • Constipation.
  • Protecting the liver.
  • Diabetes.
  • Chest pain (angina).
  • Improving circulation.
  • Intestinal worms.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of carqueja for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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