Lymphatic Stimulation, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory


(Brunfelsia uniflora)

We do not sell Manaca as a "single,"
due to its potential for miseuse
as a hallucinogenic.

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Summarized Description: Manaca is a scrubby tree that grows as much as 8 meters high. Duke indicates that aside from B. uniflora (Pohl) D. Don) X, other synonyms include: B. mutabilis Jacques, B. hopeana Hook, and Franciscea hopeana Hook. It is not to be confused with its cousins, B. chiricaspi and B. grandiflora, both of which are used in the rainforest as entheogenics, but have similar morphological characteristics. Manaca is frequently found as a cultivated ornamental on account of its very fragrant, pretty, white and purple flowers. It is also used to make perfumes.

Uses & Protocols
Manaca is widely used both internally and externally to treat a wide variety of ailments, although when taken alone internally, extreme caution should be used. (The potential for abuse is the reason we do not sell this herb as a "single.") Taken in proper, therapeutic doses, South American herbalists have long used manaca to stimulate the lymphatic system. It is also considered a excellent blood cleanser, much like Ajo Te, a diuretic, laxative, sweat promoter, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory.

Warnings & Contraindications
Pregnant, lactating, or women seeking to conceive should not use this plant. Contraindicated for those sensitive to salicylate, so if you have a problem with aspirin, you should avoid using Manaca. Anyone taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) should avoid unless under the direction of a trained practitioner. These precautions aside, Manaca is safe to use at the proper dosages: "No health hazards are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designed therapeutic dosages (of Manaca; Duke, p. 129.)"

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. 128-129; see hardcopy cover at right), 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 (f; CRC)
  • Alterative (f; CRC)
  • Analgesic (1; X1842002)
  • Anesthetic (f; CRC)
  • Antiinflammatory (f1; CRC; X1842002; X895395)
  • Antirheumatic (f; PH2)
  • Antispasmodic (1; X11582535)
  • Antivenom (snake) (f; X1842002)
  • CNS-Depressant (1; X895395)
  • Diaphoretic (f; CRC)
  • Diuretic (f; CRC; PH2)
  • Emmenagogue (f; CRC)
  • Hypertensive (f; CRC)
  • Hypothermic (f; CRC)
  • Laxative (f; CRC)
  • Lymphotonic (f; CRC)
  • Narcotic (f; CRC)
  • Poison (f; CRC)
  • Purgative (f; CRC; HHB)

Further information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
  • Arthritis (f; CRC; HHB; PH2)
  • Constipation (f; CRC)
  • Cramps (1; X11582535)
  • Dermatosis (f; CRC)
  • Eczema (f; CRC)
  • Fever (f; CRC)
  • Inflammation (f1; CRC; X1842002; X895395)
  • Low Blood Pressure (f; CRC)
  • Lymph (f; CRC)
  • Pain (f1; CRC; X1842002)
  • Rheumatism (f; CRC; PH2)
  • Scrofula (f; CRC; PH2)
  • Snake Bite (f; X1842002)
  • Spasms (1; X11582535)
  • Syphilis (f; CRC; HHB; PH2)
  • VD (f; PH2)

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 Manaca
Sourced from PubMed

Disclaimer: The following citations provide findings on the properties of Jatoba 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 32 citations covering the entire Brunfelsia genus. A few of the more notable are listed below:
Extensive information about Manaca 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 Brunfelsia genus is briefly covered in Wikipedia.