Carqueja (Baccharis genistelloides) - Liver, Digestive Ailments / Hepatoprotective / Fever Reduction / Blood Cleanser
Summarized Description: Carqueja has a variety of names, like many of the botanicals we work with. However, Baccharis genistelloides is confusion both with its variety of both common and scientific names. B. triptera and B. trimera are both used, and Duke refers to the plant as "Brazilian Absinth," while attaching the scientific name, B. articulara (Lam.) -- a fourth assignment of species name to the same genus.
Carqueja is a perennial herb, common to tropical and subtropical South America. It may be found in Brazilian pharmacopias for its long-standing use in treating a variety of ailments (see below).
Uses & Protocols:
Taylor reports on the use of an infusion of Carqueja, discovered by Pio Correa in 1931 in his travels to Brazil. The infusion was used for both sterility in women and impotency in men. There are many other medicinal uses for Carqueja, consistent with the "Indications" section below, however, the most common uses involve treatment of liver and kidney ailments, diabetes, gout, and poor blood circulation. Dosage: two capsules, twice a day.
Warnings & Contraindications:
Do not use Carqueja if you are pregnant or have low blood pressure. Contraindicated for those with hypoglycemia. If you have diabetes, check with your physician before use. Moreover, diabetics should monitor their blood sugar levels accordingly.