• Clinical data 80%
  • Efficacy 90%
  • Security 80%
  • Toxicity 20%



General appearance

Grass up to 2m high, with rough and reddish stems. The leaves are grayish, with small trickles at the edges, it has a very bitter taste. Its flowers are yellow. The fruits are small and when they are dry they open.

It is native to Mexico and lives in warm and semi-warm climates between 1130 and 1000 m. Associated with tropical deciduous forest.

Main chemical constituents

The leaves contain essential oil, fat, acid resin, glycoside brikelina, coloring matter and tannin.

Medical uses of Brickellia cavanillesii

It is the “bile”, the condition for which this plant is most used. Thus, in Morelos, Guanajuato and the Federal District, it is recommended to take a cup in fasting from the infusion of the leaves, without sweetening, “pa’l anger”, to this infusion is added absinthe (sp. N / r.) and it is taken three times a day. When the bile spills, some leaves are macerated in alcohol, it is left to the serene and the next morning “it is taken of a blow”. Likewise, in Morelos the decoction of the leaves is used, it is left to rest for a few minutes and a cup is taken before each meal, until you no longer feel the discomfort caused by acidity, stomach pain or amoebiasis. It is also used when there is a lack of appetite. The tea prepared with the branch and with prodigious flower, plus leaves of mint and live mallow (spp. N / r.), Serves to “regulate the stomach”; In cases of vomit, the tisane is made together with boldo, ash, quasia, penguin and linden flower leaves.

The cooking of the plant with amela and techichi (spp. N / r.), Is prescribed for diabetes; while a preparation with prodigious, hand flower, nopal, rush, jasmine, heliotrope, yoloxochitl, night smell, master herb, wormwood, zacatexixil, simonillo and horehound, is administered to heart patients and malaria. To treat scabies problems, fresh leaves are taken care of. It is also mentioned useful in cases of bloated stomach and intestinal infections.


It has been recommended with good results as a bitter tonic and to combat the secretory and gastrointestinal motility atony.


Mexican plant that lacks experimental studies that corroborate its effectiveness.

More information: http://www.medicinatradicionalmexicana.unam.mx/monografia.php?l=3&t=&id=7752

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