Tachia guianensis is a slender-stemmed shrub or small tree growing up to 4 metres tall[
]. The stems are usually hollow and subligneous[
A very bitter medicinal herb, it is highly valued amongst native peoples and commonly harvested from the wild for local use.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana.
Rainforests at low to middle elevations[
A plant of the moist, lowland tropics.
Tachia guianensis is a very bitter herb that is highly valued by indiginous peoples for its beneficial effect upon the digestive system, and as a treatment against fevers. All parts of the plant can be used, though the root is most commonly employed.
The very bitter root is antiinflammatory, antipyretic, appetizer, cholagogue, febrifuge, stomachic and tonic[
]. A powerful and very effective herb, it is used to treat intermittent fevers[
]. It is also used like gentian to improve the appetite, strengthen the digestive system, relieve abdominal pain and rid the digestive tract of parasites[
]. It is said that there is no better remedy for 'sore stomach' than a tea made from the root[
The powdered leaves are to the coca preparation 'to make it taste better'[
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