Monkey cane: what is this herb and its tea for

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Monkey cane tea is widespread in alternative medicine as a true ally of the urinary system. That’s because the drink serves to treat from urinary infections to kidney stones. But that’s not its only advantage.

As it is a plant native to Brazil, it is easy to find it in gardens or on sale, whether at fairs, herb houses, natural goods stores, or even on specialized websites.

Added to this, the consumption of monkey cane has practically no contraindications and can be used by young people, adults and the elderly and, to date, the literature has not identified any side effects arising from its use.

It is for these and others that Costus spicatus, the scientific name of monkey cane, is part of the National List of Medicinal Plants of Interest to the SUS (RENISUS), consisting of plant species with the potential to advance in the stages of the production chain and to generate products of interest to the Ministry of Health of Brazil.

The benefits of monkey cane

Cure Urinary Infection

Monkey cane is used in folk medicine as a depurative and diuretic , alleviating urinary infections, being widely used to treat the problem and relieve the discomfort caused by it. ( 1 )

Those who drink little water produce less pee and this causes bacteria to settle in the urinary system and be able to proliferate. As a diuretic, the herb stimulates the production of urine, facilitating the excretion of those causing the infection.

Eliminate kidney stone

Another widespread use of this herb is in eliminating kidney stones. ( 2 ) The diuretic property makes it help in the process of expelling the kidney stone, still acting as an analgesic and easing the intense pain that the elimination of stones triggers. ( 3 ) To do so, it is recommended to make tea from the leaves of the monkey cane.

Fight inflammation

Problems such as nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), among other inflammations, can be remedied with the regular use of monkey cane extract. This anti-inflammatory activity found in the extract is related to the presence of flavonic glycosides. ( 4 )

The plant has components that are potential candidates for the development of antibacterial drugs, especially indicated against inflammatory and infectious processes . ( 5 )

Treat diabetes

This herb and its derivatives are widely used when it comes to diabetes mellitus. ( 3 ) It is even among the main plants reported as hypoglycemic used to treat the problem. ( 2 )

Acts against venereal diseases

Thanks to its astringent, antimicrobial and antibacterial action, monkey cane tea has positive results in curing syphilitic conditions, chronic leukorrhea, gonorrhea and gonorrhea. ( 4 )

Cane monkey lose weight?

Using monkey cane can help in the body’s weight loss, as it eliminates toxins, improving the performance of the organism as a whole.

Its extract has the potential to help treat obesity, high cholesterol and excess fat in the blood, as it inhibits the activity of the pancreatic lipase enzyme, responsible for breaking down fat so that it can be absorbed by the body. ( 5 )

In traditional Brazilian medicine, monkey cane tea is also used as a depurative and diuretic, that is, to purify the body of toxins and increase the volume of urinary flow. ( 5 ) This prevents fluid retention, leaving the body drier.

How to prepare tea

The consumption of monkey cane to treat diseases of the urinary tract, inflammation of the organs of the urinary system, kidney stones, vaginal discharge, diabetes and ulcers should be made in the form of tea.


  • 10 g of monkey cane leaves and stalks
  • 500 ml of water.

Preparation mode

In a saucepan, put the herb and water and boil for 10 minutes. After that time, turn off the heat, smother it and wait for the drink to become tepid.

how many times to take

Drink 1 cup of tea up to three times a day for a week. The tea should be consumed on the day it is prepared, not exceeding 24 hours, as it can spoil and/or lose its effect.

Other forms of use

Juice from the stems

Grind fresh plant stalks in a pestle or grinding machine. Collect the released liquid. If the used plant has little liquid, add a small amount of water, leave it for 1 hour and grind again collecting the liquid. Like tea, the juice must be consumed within a maximum of 24 hours.

This form of use is indicated to treat venereal diseases, such as gonorrhea. To do this, drink 5 drops diluted in 1 teaspoon of water, every 2 hours.

sitz bath

Prepare tea and place in a bowl. When it’s warm, sit inside for 15 to 20 minutes. In this format, monkey cane is effective against vaginal irritations and venereal diseases.


Mash the plant parts until it forms a mush. Place on a clean cloth, enough to cover the intended area, and let it act for up to 30 minutes. Local use is indicated to treat hernias, swellings and contractions and wounds.

Side effects

No side effects arising from use were reported in the consulted bibliographies.

ATTENTION! It is important to remember that any and all medication, whether natural or not, must be prescribed and supervised by a physician, and the patient should not self-medicate, in order to avoid future complications.


Pregnant women and during the lactation period should not use this substance and its derivatives without prescription and medical supervision.

General characteristics of the plant

Monkey cane is a herbaceous species native to almost all of Brazil, mainly in the Atlantic Forest and the Amazon region. It can reach up to 2 meters in height and has branches with spike-shaped flowers at the ends, usually in reddish-yellowish tones. Its cultivation takes place all year round.

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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