May 24, 2016

Cha De Bugre

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What other names is Cha De Bugre known by?

Bois d'ine, Brazilian Diet Pill, Bugrinho, Cafe de Bugre, Café de la Forêt, Café des Bois, Cafe do Mato, Cafezinho, Cha-de-Negro-Mina, Chá de Bugre, Cha de Frade, Claraiba, Coffee of the Woods, Coquelicot, Cordia ecalyculata, Cordia salicifolia, Grao-do-Porco, Laranjeira-do-Mato, Louro-Salgueiro, Louro-Mole, Pilule Amincissante Brésilienne, Porangaba, Rabugem.

What is Cha De Bugre?

Cha de Bugre is a tree that is native to Brazil and can also be found in the tropical forests of Paraguay and Argentina. The tree produces a red fruit that looks a lot like a coffee bean. This fruit is often roasted and brewed into a tea as a substitute for coffee. One of its names is "cafe do mato" or "coffee of the woods."

Cha de Bugre is a popular weight loss aid in Brazil and is a common ingredient in "Brazilian diet pills" that are also becoming popular in North America. Some of these "Brazilian diet pills" are also thought to contain prescription amphetamines and tranquilizers.

Cha de Bugre is also used to treat cellulite, cough, fluid retention (edema), gout, cancer, herpes, viral infections, fever, and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is also used as a general tonic to improve blood circulation and heart function.

Some people apply Cha de Bugre directly to the skin for wound healing.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Weight loss and obesity.
  • Reducing cellulite.
  • Cough.
  • Fluid retention (edema).
  • Gout.
  • Cancer.
  • Herpes.
  • Viral infections.
  • Fever.
  • Heart disease.
  • Wound healing.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Cha de Bugre 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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