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Guaco: what é, what it is for and how to use it

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Guaco: what é, what it is for and how to use it
Guaco: what é, what it is for and how to use it

Guaco, also known as guaco-liso, vine-caatinga or snake herb, is a medicinal plant that contains coumarin, flavonoids and tannins, compounds with analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, in addition to having an bronchodilator and expectorant, helping to treat respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.

In addition, guaco can also be used as a poultice to treat bites from snakes or other venomous animals, such as scorpions, centipedes and spiders, inhibiting their toxic effects.

Guaco has a mild aroma and bitter taste, and can be found in he alth food stores, fairs and compounding pharmacies, and is generally used in the preparation of teas, tinctures, syrups and poultices.

What is it for

For its antipyretic, antioxidant, expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties, guaco can be indicated to help in the treatment of:

  • Bronchitis;
  • Flu;
  • Asthma;
  • Cough;
  • Hoarseness;
  • Sore throat.

Guaco is often used to help treat allergies and skin infections, insect bites, and gastrointestinal problems. In addition, guaco has analgesic properties, helping to treat rheumatism.

However, guaco is contraindicated for some people and can cause some side effects and, therefore, should only be consumed on the recommendation of a doctor specialized in the use of medicinal plants or herbalist.

How to make guaco tea

Guaco tea can be prepared alone or together with lemon, honey or milk. To make guaco tea, just boil 150 ml of water in a pan and add 3g of dry leaves or 5g of fresh guaco leaves, then turn off the heat. Cover and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and drink right away. Drink up to 3 cups a day. See other recipes for teas with guaco to relieve coughs.

In addition to tea, guaco can also be used in the form of syrups and tinctures, which can be found in pharmacies and he alth food stores.

Possible side effects

Prolonged use or very high amounts of guaco can cause bleeding, increased heart rate, vomiting and diarrhea. Guaco contains coumarin, which can worsen shortness of breath and cough in people allergic to this component.

Who should not use

Guaco is not recommended for people with allergies to this plant, for people with cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes and liver diseases. This plant should not be consumed by children under 1 year of age, and should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

In addition, guaco contains coumarin, a component with anticoagulant action, and therefore, it is not recommended for people who use anticoagulant drugs.

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