What is English water for and how to drink it

What is English water for and how to drink it
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Água Inglesa is a natural product, composed of herbs with recognized properties and effectiveness, and therefore belongs to the class of herbal medicines. The drug is indicated to relieve digestive problems and stimulate appetite.

Despite this, much of its fame is due to pregnant women, after all, the product is popular among women who are trying to get pregnant . Want to learn more about this ancient compound and its applications? Read on.

What is English Water for?

According to the master in nursing, Mariana Castro, “Agua Inglesa acts on the mucosa of the digestive system, stimulating the production of gastric juice. It is used to aid in the digestion process, stimulate appetite, expel intestinal toxins and help eliminate excess synthetic hormones from the body, the latter being popularly used women who want to get pregnant”.

Does it help to get pregnant?

One of the main reasons for the prestige of Água Inglesa is its use among women who want to become pregnant. In fact, it has a depurative effect and helps to clean the body, which is why some specialists recommend it to clean the uterus in the postpartum period.

Thus, the product ends up being used with the purpose of purifying this organ, helping to eliminate toxins and making the “environment” suitable for fertilization. The professor and chemist, Luís Marques, Paulista Association of Phytotherapy member, pointed out that, for this purpose, the indication is to start treatment two or three months before the period planned to get pregnant and stop using during pregnancy.

However, the  specialist in Obstetric Nursing,  Marisa Alves, pointed out that, despite being widespread in the population, “this method does not have scientific proof, not showing a relationship with fertility”, he pointed out.

Does English water make you fat or slim?

Água Inglesa is surrounded myths and truths. Some of them relate to its slimming power. The information, however, is conflicting and, once again, lacks scientific support.

While some ingredients in the formula, such as cinnamon and carqueja , help speed up metabolism and eliminate water retention, it is also known that carqueja and two other components of the liquid favor an increase in appetite , which can make you fat. Despite this, its use is not indicated from the perspective of weight gain or loss.

How to use English Water?

The dose recommended the package insert is 30 ml, 3 times a day before starting each meal. The ingestion of Água Inglesa can cause hormonal changes, have side effects and contraindications, so its use must be indicated and monitored a doctor.


Mariana Castro adds that Água Inglesa also has some contraindications for those with stomach hyperacidity, epilepsy, gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcers, pregnancy, cardiac arrhythmia and irritable bowel syndrome.

In addition, the professional explains that due to this “hormonal cleansing” action, its use in pregnancy and lactation is contraindicated, as it is not known whether this effect can interfere with the normal course of these conditions.

Is it abortive?

Água Inglesa has in its composition ingredients that stimulate uterine contraction , one of its advantages being the emmenagogue effect, as it manages to make the “menstruation go down”. However, there are no studies that prove whether it is abortive or not.

Even so, pregnant women should  stay away from this substance, as its main component, the yellow corner, can cause fetal malformation. Coot and cinnamon, also present in the solution, can harm the fetus.

Can children take it?

Água Inglesa is a natural alternative to whet the appetite of little ones who have difficulty eating properly. The use is authorized for children over 12 years of age . For younger children, only under medical supervision and approval.

What is English Water?

According to the nurse Sonia Mariza Louis, “English Water is a tonic herbal composed of herbal extracts ( corner yellow calumba, cetaúrea, broom , wormwood , chamomile and cinnamon china) , and therefore has beneficial effects for the organism ”.

It has been indicated for decades to treat gastric problems, such as heartburn and poor digestion, as well as to increase appetite. Its effectiveness can be justified through the analysis of each of its compounds:

  • Yellow Quina: indicated to relieve heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea and pain. It is used to control the glycemic index in the blood and as an appetite stimulant.
  • Calumba : powerful plant in the treatment of anemia, stomach pains and discomforts, cramps, lack of appetite and intestinal worms.
  • Cetaurea : helps relieve symptoms of fever , constipation, stimulates appetite and improves digestion stimulating the production of gastric juice.
  • Carqueja : helps in the treatment of infections and inflammation of the respiratory tract, circulatory and liver problems, gastrointestinal discomfort and anemia .
  • Losna : effective against intestinal worms. Fights gastrointestinal problems and poor digestion, aids in liver detoxification and stimulates uterine contraction.
  • Chamomile : in addition to its well-known calming properties, chamomile helps to reduce menstrual pain and discomfort.
  • Cinnamon from China : powerful thermogenic, diuretic and stimulates blood circulation. Promotes uterine contractions, so it should be avoided pregnant women.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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