Latin:  Maytenus krukovii (macrocarpa)

Family:  Celastraceae

Parts Used:  Mainly bark, also leaves and root


Properties:  Antininflammatory, analgesic, astringent, aphrodisiac, circulatory stimulant, antispasmodic

Actions:  This is a plant from the Amazonian rainforest that is extremely popular in places in South America such as Peru.  This is seen as a panacea herb by many there and is traditionally used to relieve pain for conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, menstrual cramping and neuralgia.   It has a tonic stimulating effect and is used commonly by people to give an overall invigorating effect and to improve the libido.  It appears to improve overall ability to heal from sickness and has immune strengthening proeperties.

This is an herb that is uncommon in the States but a number of folks are looking for holistic alternatives to pain meds and are finding relief from arthritis pain.

Dosage:  2-4 teaspoons decocted in pint of water for 30 minutes.  As tincture 2-4 ml, to 3 times a day.  If you travel to markets to the Amazon you can find it as a local liquor infused with the bark.

Contraindications:  Avoid for those with hypertension, taking blood pressure meds, in pregnancy.