Waltheria americana L.

Nota de alcance (en)

Uses: wound healing, local pain.                                                 

Origin: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean, Guatemala, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru, United States.


Whole plant: In Guyana, a tea made from the plant is used as a cold remedy.

Stem and Leaf: Branches in water for a tea used for remedying ulcers as well as bladder and vaginal infections.

Leaf: Infusion for treating fever. For treatment of thrush, hypertension, and for colds and coughs in NW Guyana.



Folk medicinal uses

This plant provides a tea for colds. In the Grenadines it is said 'to increase the blood'. In Africa it has a varied reputation, being used as a remedy for sterility and internal haemorrhage and by others to cause abortion. It is a common children's remedy and is also used for coughs, as a restorative, and for the prevention of syphilis. It is said to contain tannin, mucilage and sugar.


To cause abortion (In Africa)

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) Geraldini , Isanete, Journal of Ethnopharmacology v. 173, 2015 . -- p. 383-423

2) Robertt, A., et al.. Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana)/Smithsonian NMNH. cited online: 17-08-2017

3) Asprey, G.F; Phylis Thornton/ Medicinal plants of Jamaica. Parts I & II. – p. 27.

Waltheria americana L.
Término aceptado: 21-Jun-2017