Guinea is a medicinal plant popularly known as Rabo-de-possum and Amansa Senhor, which is used for therapeutic purposes due to its anti-inflammatory and nervous system action.
Its scientific name is Petiveria alliacea and can be purchased at some health food stores and drugstores, however it is important that its use is indicated and guided by the doctor or herbalist due to its toxicity.
What is it for
The Guinea plant has diuretic, anti-rheumatic, purifying, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial, abortive, hypoglycemic and anti-spasmodic properties, and can be indicated for:
- Pain in sight;
- Sore throat;
- Lack of memory;
- Infection by microorganisms.
In addition, due to its ability to act on the nervous system, this plant can also be used to treat depression, anxiety and epilepsy, in addition to stimulating cognitive skills.
Despite having health benefits, guinea is considered toxic, so it is important that it is used as directed by the herbalist or doctor.
How to use Guinea
Guinea is a toxic plant and, therefore, its use for therapeutic purposes should be indicated by the doctor or herbalist, and the use of leaves is normally recommended.
The most widely used form of this plant is tea, which is made by placing the Guinea leaves in boiling water and leaving for about 10 minutes. Then strain and drink the tea according to the therapist’s guidance. In addition to tea, you can inhale with the plant, helping to relieve symptoms of anxiety and nervousness, for example.
Side effects and contraindications
Due to its action on the nervous system, prolonged or large use of the Guinea plant can result in insomnia, hallucinations, apathy, changes in the central nervous system and even death.
Because it has abortive properties, the consumption of this plant is not recommended for pregnant women.