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The mamma-cadela is a typical shrub from the Serrado that can be 2 to 4 meters high, which produces rounded and orange-yellow fruits, which due to its medicinal properties can be used as a natural remedy, especially for skin problems such as psoriasis and vitiligo, for example.
Its scientific name is Brosimum gaudichaudii and its popular names include cotton of the field, thorn of the penny, maminha bitch, and mamika de bitch. This plant can be purchased at some he alth food stores.
What is it for
The bitch mamma has photosensitizing, anthelmintic, antimicrobial and depurative action. Thus, this plant can be used to help treat:
- Infections by parasites, bacteria and fungi;
- Poor circulation;
- Rheumatic diseases;
- Respiratory problems such as a cold, flu and bronchitis, for example.
Despite being used in the aforementioned situations, the mama-cadela is mainly used to treat problems in which there are changes in skin pigmentation, as in the case of psoriasis, leprosy, eczema and vitiligo, mainly. This is because this medicinal plant is composed of substances capable of stimulating the production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives the skin its color, helping in the process of skin repigmentation.
It is important that the use of the mamma-cadela, both for the treatment of vitiligo and for other situations, is guided by the doctor or herbalist, as it is possible to obtain a more accurate result.
How to use
The most used parts of the mama-cadela are the bark, fruits and leaves.
- Chá de mama-cadela: Place 1 cup tea of chopped branches of Mama-cadela in a pan and cover with 1 liter of boiling water. Let it rest for 24 hours, strain and drink 2 cups a day;
- Mama-cadela to use on the skin: Put 1 cup of tea of chopped mamma-cadela bark and root in a pan and cover with 1 liter of boiling water. Let it rest for 24 hours and apply it twice a day on the affected parts;
- Dry extract: Take 300 to 400 mg daily;
- Capsules: Take 1g per day;
- Dying: use 3 to 5% per day.
The mama-cadela cream can be found in some pharmacies, drugstores and compounding pharmacies.
Side Effects and Contraindications
The side effects of mama-cada include photoaging and increased risk of skin cancer, so it should only be used under medical advice, being contraindicated for children and during pregnancy.