Camu Camu

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Araca d'agua, Araza de Agua, Cacari, Camo Camo, Camocamo, Camu-Camu, Camu-camu Negro, Guapuro Blanco, Myrciaria dubia, Myrciaria paraensis, Psidium dubium, Rumberry.


Camu camu is a shrub that grows in swampy or flooded areas of the Amazon rain forests of Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. The fruit and leaves are used as a medicine.

Camu camu is used for viral infections including herpes, cold sores, shingles, and the common cold. It is also used for eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma. Other uses include treatment of asthma, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, gum disease (gingivitis), headaches, and osteoarthritis.

Some people use camu camu to increase energy and maintain healthy gums, eyes, and skin; and as an antioxidant and immune system stimulant.

People eat the fruit as food.

How does it work?

Camu camu fruit contains many nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, fatty acids, protein, and others. It also contains other chemicals that might have an effect on the body. However, there is not enough information to know how camu camu might work for treating or preventing any medical condition.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Arthritis.
  • Asthma.
  • Cold sores.
  • Common colds.
  • Depression.
  • Cataracts.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Gum disease (gingivitis).
  • Headaches.
  • Herpes.
  • Shingles.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of camu camu 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).

Side Effects

There isn’t enough information to know if camu camu is safe when used as a medicine.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of camu camu during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of camu camu depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for camu camu. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Justi KC, Visentainer JV, Evelazio de Souza N, Matsushita M. Nutritional composition and vitamin C stability in stored camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) pulp. Arch Latinoam Nutr 2000;50:405-8. View abstract.

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Ueda H, Kuroiwa E, Tachibana Y, et al. Aldose reductase inhibitors from the leaves of Myrciaria dubia (H. B. & K.) McVaugh. Phytomedicine 2004;11:652-6. View abstract.

Zanatta CF, Cuevas E, Bobbio FO, et al. Determination of anthocyanins from camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) by HPLC-PDA, HPLC-MS, and NMR. J Agric Food Chem 2005;53:9531-5. View abstract.

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