Liver, Digestive Ailments / Hepatoprotective
Fever Reduction / Blood Cleanser


(Baccharis genistelloides)

Code: BOS225
Price: $18.50
120 Capsules x 500 mg.

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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.

Five years or more.

James Duke's Handbook of Medical Plants of Latin America
Medicinal Activities
Further information for practitioners: World-famous botanist Dr. James Duke attributes the following activities to this plant (p. 85-86; see hardcopy cover at right, purchasable on Amazon), drawn from the extant literature. (See his graduation for "level of efficacy" on our amazon traditionals page; followed by Duke's bibliographic abbreviations (in capital letters), which we identify on a separate page.)
Duke provides a "food farmacy potential" score for this plant of "FNFF=X?."

  • Abortifacient (f1; MPG)
  • Antioxindant (1; X12797477)
  • Antirheumatic (f; MPG)
  • Antiseptic (f1; MPG; X10932751)
  • Antipasmodic (f; MPG)
  • Antiviral (1; X10932751)
  • Bitter (f; MPB)
  • Digestive (f; MPB; MPG)
  • Diuretic (f; MPB)
  • Febrifuge (f; MPB)
  • Hepatotonic (f; HH2; MPG)
  • Stomachic (f; HH2; MPG)
  • Tonic (f; MPB)
  • Uterotonic (f; HH2)
  • Vulnerary (f; HH2)

Further information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
  • Anemia (f; MPB)
  • Arthrosis (f; MPG)
  • Cholera (f; MPB)
  • Debility (f; MPB)
  • Diarrhea (f; MPB)
  • Dyspepsia (f; MPB)
  • Fever (f; MPB)
  • Impotence (f; MPG)
  • Infection (f1; MPG; X10932751)
  • Infertility (f; MPG)
  • Rheumatism (f; MPG)
  • Spasms (f; MPG)
  • Viruses (1; X10932751)
  • Wounds (f; HH2)

To U.S. Users: This product have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Recent Studies on Carqueja
Sourced from PubMed

Disclaimer: The following citations provide findings on the properties of Carqueja and offer insights into prospective areas of future research. These findings should not be inferred to provide the basis of medicinal claims, nor should they be relied upon by the public, as such. Readers who want full access to the PubMed database are encouraged to register with NCBI.
As of Jan. 2017, there were 7 citations on PubMed for Carqueja. Below are list a few of the more notable:

Extensive information about Carqueja is covered on the Raintree Forest website. Even better, you can purchase Leslie Taylor's excellent reference book, The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs: A Guide to Understanding and Using Herbal Medicinals at Amazon.
The Baccharis genus is discussed in Wikipedia.