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Guacima Herb Health Benefits

Guacima is a medium-sized tree that grows up to 20 m high, with a trunk 30 to 60 cm in diameter. Its oblong leaves are 6 to 12 cm long, and the tree produces small white-to-light-yellow flowers.


It also has vitamins such as Vitamin C and E where vitamin C accelerates repair and maintenance of body tissues thus boosting the healing process while vitamin E acts as an anti-oxidant which prevents free radical damage of the body tissues.


The chemical compounds in the herbs have been found to be anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, antiseptic, lipolytic (fat and weight loss action), stimulant and stomachic actions when taken in appropriate dosage.


The Huastec Mayans of north-eastern Mexico employ the fresh bark boiled in water to aid in childbirth, for gastrointestinal pain, asthma, diarrhoea and dysentery, wounds, and fevers.


Mayan healers in Guatemala boil the bark into a decoction to treat stomach inflammation and regular stomach-aches.


In the Amazon, indigenous people have long used guacima for asthma, bronchitis, diarrhoea, kidney problems, and syphilis.


A bark decoction is also prepared and is used topically to promote hair growth, to combat parasites of the scalp, and to treat various skin conditions. In Peru, the dried bark or dried leaves are made into tea (standard infusion) and used for kidney disease, liver disease, and dysentery. There the bark is also used topically for hair loss.


The fruit which have capsules that are round to elliptical in shape are 15-25mm in length.


They have many seeds which are shaped like eggs and are 3mm in length, grey in colour.


It is the favoured tree for fodder in Jamaica. The trees also serve to bestow shade in pastures.


The immature fruits and leaves are given as food to horses and cattle. The fruits are also given to the hogs in Puerto Rico.


The leaves and fruits are usually fed to the cattle throughout the arid season.

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