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Mentrasto, also known as catinga de bode and picão-roxo, is a medicinal plant that has anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, being very effective in the treatment of joint pain, mainly related to arthrosis..
The scientific name of mentrasto is Ageratum conyzoides L. and can be found in he alth food stores or compounding pharmacies in the form of capsules or dried leaves, which are normally used to make mentrasto tea.
Although it has many properties and therefore many benefits, mentrasto should be used with care, as it can be toxic to the liver and increase blood pressure when consumed in high doses.
What is mentrasto for
Mentrasto has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, aromatic, healing, diuretic, vasodilator, febrifuge, carminative and tonic properties, and can be used for various purposes, such as:
- Treating urinary tract infection;
- Relieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis;
- Reduce menstrual cramps;
- Treating bruises;
- Relieve muscle pain;
- Reduce fever;
- Relieve flu symptoms.
Also, due to its anti-diarrheal property, mentrasto consumption can decrease diarrhea.
How to use
Mentrasto for therapeutic purposes can be used in the form of flowers, leaves or seeds.
In the case of rheumatism, bruises and even arthrosis, compresses with mentrasto tea can be made in place of pain, to relieve symptoms. To make the compress, just soak a clean towel in mentrasto tea and apply it on the spot.
Mentrasto tea can be used to treat the flu, reduce menstrual cramps and help in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
- 5 g of dried mentrasto leaves;
- 500 ml of water.
To make the tea, just boil 5 g of dried mintrasto leaves in 500 ml and drink it two to three times a day.
Contraindications and possible side effects
Mentrasto should be used with care, as excessive consumption can lead to increased blood pressure and damage to the liver.
The consumption of this medicinal plant is not recommended for people with diabetes, liver problems, pregnant women, infants and children.