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JATOBA
Hymenaea courbaril

PROPERTIES/ACTIONS:
Anti-inflammatory, Antifatigue, Vermifuge, Purgative, Sedative, Laxative, Anti-spasmodic, Antiseptic, Stomachic, Expectorant, Antifungal, Decongestant, Tonic

COMMON NAMES:
Jatoba, Algarrobo, Copal, Brazilian Copal, Courbaril, Nazareno, Cayenne Copal, Demarara Copal, South American Locust

PHYTOCHEMICALS Include:
Astilibin, Gamma-Cadinene, Caryophyllene, Copacamphene, Copaene, Copalic acid, Cubebene, Copacamphene, Alpha-Copaene, Cyclosativene, Humulene, Alpha-Humulene

The bark from the Jatoba tree has been used by the Indigenous tribes for hundreds of years. Jatoba bark tea is highly regarded as a natural energy tonic. The macerated bark is sometimes used to treat diarrhea. The bark, resin and leaves are used in various remedies for cystitis, prostatitis and bronchitis.

In Brazilian herbal medicine today, Jatoba bark and resin is still recommended as a natural energy tonic and fortificant and is documented to be tonic, stomachic, astringent, balsamic, vermifuge, and hemostatic.

Jatoba is also very good for problems of the urinary system, cystitis, bladder and prostate infections. It's antifungal properties make it useful in the treatment of candida albicans, athlete's foot and foot fungus. Bronchitis, chronic cough and asthma may all be treated with Jatoba tea and a little honey, as it is a valuable decongestant. Minor aches and pains have been successfully treated with an external ointment derived from the resin of the tree.

Studies of the bark, leaves and resin of Jatoba since the early 1970's have shown that it has anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, molluscicidal, and anti-yeast activities which validifies its long history of effective uses for numerous disorders

HERBAL DEFINITION:
Stomachic:
Any herb which strengthens stomach funcions and relieves indigestion.

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DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, prescribe or replace the advice of a qualified physician.