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Guinea hen weed, Root & stems (Cut / sifted)

Guinea hen weed, Root & stems (Cut / sifted)

In Jamaica, guinea hen weed (GHW) has several names: guinea hen leaf, garlic weed or gully root, but in other countries it is called Anamu. This herb is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest. Its botanical name is Petiveria alliacea.

Traditional medicinal uses of GHW date back to the Mayan era in South America. Many conditions were benefited, including rheumatism, cancer, nervous spasms, paralysis, hysteria, asthma, whooping cough, colds, influenza, pneumonia, bronchitis, fevers, headaches, cystitis, venereal diseases, menstrual complaints and colic, by using the plant internally.

External applications were used to relieve earaches, fever and headaches. The roots were used for toothaches, and crushed leaves applied to the belly to induce labor. Nose drops were instilled combat sinusitis, and crushed leaves were applied to abscesses and used for muscular pain and skin diseases.

Modern herbalists and natural health practitioners now use it for several disorders, including arthritis, digestive disease, infections, diabetes, cancer, pain relief, nervous disorders, prostate problems.

NOTE: We highly recommend that before using any herbal medications you should consult your health care provider or medical doctor for professional advice.
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