Guinea Hen Weed
The powerfully medicinal Anamu (Petiveria Alliacea) is also known in Jamaica as garlic guinea weed and guinea hen weed. The Peruvians call it mucura, Brazilians referred to it as anamuor tipi, and it is known as guine in other parts of Central and South America
Over the past quarter of a century, modern scientific research has studied Anamu intensively and many biologically active compounds have been discovered in the plant: flavanoids, triterpenes, steroids, and sulfur compounds. The research published on Anamu now validates many of the historical uses of this herb. Today, Anamu is largely recognized for its ability to disorganize cancer cells. Laboratory investigations show that Anamu retards the growth of several strains of cancer and leukemia cells. In a plant screening study performed at the University of Illinois at Chicago, more than 1,400 plant extracts were evaluated for the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Anamu was one of only 34 plants identified with active properties specifically against cancerous conditions.
It is most commonly used today in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Peru, Guatemala, and Brazil. With a long history of medicinal use, this herb was also used in the Amazon rainforest to ward off negative spirits, treat skin conditions, relieve intestinal gas, and regulate menstruation. Guatemalan tribes used its crushed roots as an inhalant for sinus problems, and Peruvian tribes revered it as a powerful cold remedy. Throughout Latin America, women used this herb to ease the pains of childbirth, and many tribes held it as one of the most powerful herbs on the planet.
Alternative Health Properties of Anamu
Many cultures have utilized Anamu flowers, leaves, and roots for remedies of a variety of negative health conditions. It is currently being extensively researched for its use in fighting cancer and leukemia, as well as immune disorders.
In general, it is a common remedy for colds, flu and viruses, and may prevent and reduce Candida, yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Anamu is also a powerful pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory.
But that’s not all.
It is also an antibacterial, antifungal, antitumorous and antiviral agent. With a powerful ability to boost the immune system and regulate the nervous system, documentation on the herb shows that it was traditionally used as an anti-anxiety aid. It is also a well-known antioxidant, fighting free radicals from the body, and an anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and diuretic. With a distinct ability to lower fever and resolve digestive problems, this herb is highly revered by traditional medicinalists.
Organic Anamu provides many health benefits due to its unique composition of several biologically active compounds. Some of these include flavonoids, benzoic acid, coumarin, triterpenes, steroids, tannins, sulfuric agents, isoarborinol, senfol, and trithiolaniacine.
How does Anamu work against a cancerous condition?
Several phytochemicals in Anamu like astilbin and dibenzyltrisulphide have been documented to directly disorganize cancer cells. Research showed further that the compounds in Anamu were able to differentiate between normal cells and cancer cells, transforming only the cancerous cells. In addition, other substances in the herb stimulate the body‘s natural defenses as described below.
Anamu supports the immune system – Anamu has also been verified to have immuno-activation properties. It activates the immune system to increase its production of lymphocytes and natural killer cells – powerful disease-destroying cells. At the same time, it increases the production of interferon and interleukins – substances naturally produced by the immune system in dealing with dietary and metabolic acids that are at the root cause of ALL cancerous conditions and out-fections. Anamu buffers acids that cause out-fections – It demonstrates broad spectrum antimicrobial properties against numerous bacteria, fungi and yeast. Compounds in Anamu directly disorganize and/or inhibits the development or transformation of healthy cells into bacterial or fungal cells. Interestingly, many alternative medicine practitioners believe that so-called infection or better said, out-fections play a major role in many cancerous conditions. Anamu is widely used in folk medicine for buffering the acids that are the cause of all so-called infections. Anamu relieves pain by reducing dietary and/or metabolic acid – Its traditional use as a remedy for arthritis and rheumatism has been validated by clinical research that confirms its acid/pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effect. Researchers in Sweden demonstrated its COX-1 inhibitory properties (cyclooxogenase-1 inhibitors are a new class of popular and profitable arthritis drugs). Anamu extracts have been found to relieve acid/pain and inflammation even when applied topically to the skin. Anamu lowers the acids in the blood called glucose/sugar – While Anamu has not been widely researched for diabetes, it had been documented to lower blood sugar acid levels by more than 60 percent in laboratory animals. This reflects herbal medical practice in Cuba where Anamu has been used as an aid for diabetes for many years.
Other Benefits of Organic Anamu Include:
- Promotes healthy immune system function
- Shown to actively kill leukemia cells and prevents the formation of tumors
- Acts as a reproductive aid, promoting healthy menstruation
- Acts as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals in the body
- Offers a mild sedative action, thus making it a good herb for anxiety.
- Expels harmful organisms from the body, and prevents yeast infestations.
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory treatment for arthritis and the reproductive system
- Acts as a general pain reliever.
- Reduces muscle spasms and nervous tension.
- Acts as a strong anti-bacterial.
- Used as a treatment for sexually-transmitted disease due to its antiseptic healing properties (both internally and externally)
Other Interesting Information and Benefits of Anamu
Anamu has been widely used to reduce a vast array of medical conditions in traditional societies, particularly those of the Amazonian people. These societies used the plant to aid with generalized pain, cancer, snakebite, cold and flu, mental conditions, paralysis, fever, and as a remedy for arrow poisoning. Studies on the Anamu plant have shown that extracts of Anamu slowed the growth of leukemia cells, as well as other forms of cancerous tumor cells. The plant was also confirmed to possess cytotoxic effects (the ability to actually kill off cancer cells). A 2002 study confirmed the ability to kill a liver cancer cell line, as well as slow the growth of cancer cells in the brain. Other studies demonstrate its powerful immuno stimulant properties. Multiple researches confirm that Anamu extract can stimulate immune cell production, as well as boost natural killer cell activity by 100%.
Contradictions to Anamu
Anamu has been found to cause contractions of the uterus that can lead to abortions and miscarriages. As such, it should not be used by pregnant women. Anamu contains a low concentration of a blood thinner called coumadin. People with any bleeding disorder like hemophilia or who are on blood thinning medication should consult their health- care provider before using Anamu.