Latin:  Cayaponia tayuya

Family:  Cucurbitaceae

Parts Used:  Root

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, cooling

Properties:  Diuretic, anti-inflammatory. analgesic, stomachic, tonic, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, metabolic tonic

Actions:  This is an herb with a long history of use by indigenous peoples of South America.  Tanya has a moderate anti-inflammatory property which makes it useful for helping those with arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica and headaches.  It helps act as an alterative, improving absorption and the elimination of waste particles which in turn helps reduce inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.  With its tonic property it improves stamina, reduces fatigue and depression.

Dosage:  1-2 gram of powder. 2-4 tsp decoction in pint of water for 40 mins.  1-2 ml in tincture to 3 x/day.

Contraindications:    None known