Bitterwood (Latin name: Quassia Amara) belongs to the family Simaroubaceae. It is found mainly in South America, southern Brazil, and Venezuela. It is an evergreen shrub that has red flowers. All parts of the plant can be used for therapeutic purposes or some of them can be combined.
The herb owes its name to a therapist and botanist who emphasized the medicinal nature of the plant, for the treatment of cases of high fever. “Amara” translates as bitter from Spanish, due to its bitter taste. Its bitter taste is due to a compound called quassimarin.
Health Benefits and Uses
It is also used for its healing properties, but it is also known in the food industry. In fact, it is a substitute for hops in beers. The above-mentioned compound quassimarin, stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, thus increasing appetite and aiding digestion. Thus, it is used to treat anorexia nervosa. At the same time, it has been used to treat malaria and more generally diseases associated with high fever with external washing of patients.
The wood from the trunk wood is considered to “cleanse” the blood of toxins and can regulate sugar and cholesterol. It cures diarrhea and dysentery. Tea from the inside of the trunk is used to treat colds. In addition, washing with the extract from the wood of the plant can improve skin problems and persistent ulcers even in the oral cavity. The extract of the plant contains quassimarin and similikalactone compounds that are considered anti-leukemic.
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.