A thousand men vine is the popular name for several medicinal plants that belong to the botanical genus Aristolochia. Some of them are native and very common in Brazil and also known as jarrinha , papo-de-peru and cassaú.
The tea from this plant has the ability to improve digestion and reduce menstrual cramps . It is even effective in treating cough and reducing symptoms and treating infections caused by the herpes virus.
However, this medicinal plant cannot be used by anyone and not for long periods of time, due to its toxic effects on the liver and kidneys.
Main benefits of vine thousand men
Relieves bad digestion
One of the main benefits of this plant is that it is a powerful and natural digestive tonic as it stimulates the production of gastric acid, responsible for the digestion of food.
Thus, the infusion is able to stimulate and speed up the digestion process, being a great choice after eating too much. ( 1 )
Promotes relief from colic
Those who suffer monthly cramps know how uncomfortable they are. The good news is that the 1000 men’s vine tea can ease these pains .
The plant is rich in compounds that reduce muscle spasms that cause cramps , providing quick relief from pain caused by menstruation or intestinal gas. ( 1 )
The vine thousand men reduces fever because it is composed of substances with antipyretic action, that is, they reduce body temperature by sending the brain some information that it needs to reduce the body’s heat production. ( 2 )
Also for having bactericidal and fungicidal action, it is able to fight invading microorganisms, which are the main causes of infectious diseases that trigger fever. ( 3 )
treat the cough
The infusion of the herb is also capable of providing quick relief from coughing , reducing muscle spasms and being a bronchodilator.
This means that it widens the airways, making the process of expelling irritants much easier.
To be antibacterial, it inhibits the proliferation of various bacteria that attack the respiratory tract, mainly those causing bronchitis . ( 1 )
Is it effective in treating herpes
You know those little sores that appear in your mouth when you have low immunity and are caused by the herpes virus? Because the tea from the vine thousand men serves as an aid to treat this problem.
The extract from the leaves of the plant prevents the replication of the herpes simplex virus. In other words, the extract prevents these microorganisms from spreading and starting to multiply.
Therefore, it is considered a natural remedy that can help treat and control the disease and, consequently, reduce its negative symptoms. ( 3 )
How to make a thousand men vine tea?
- 1 liter of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of vine thousand men.
Just bring the herb with the water to the fire and, after bringing it to a boil, let it cook for about 10 minutes. After that, cover the pan and let it rest for another 5 minutes. Strain and drink one cup a day .
Care and contraindications
The thousand man vine cannot be used by everyone. First, pregnant women should stay away from the plant as it can cause miscarriage or fetal malformations.
It also has a nephrotoxic effect , that is, it can cause kidney cell death. Therefore, it should not be used for long periods of time or by people who already have a history of kidney problems. ( 4 )
The toxicity is derived from a substance known as aristolochic acid, which is not properly filtered by the kidneys. In large amounts and over a long period of consumption, this tea can cause kidney failure and even increase the risk of developing kidney cancer. ( 5 )
It should only be used with the supervision of a specialist and never for periods longer than 30 days, and without exceeding the indicated amount.