Contribo also known as the “Duck” is used for energy or fighting fatigue, increasing appetite and circulation and improving the health of the immune system. It is used to address flus, colds, fever, constipation, indigestion, depression, stomach aches, parasites, delayed menstruation and non-insulin dependent diabetes. Stimulates white blood cell activity; Inactivates snake venom; treats allergically caused gastrointestinal and gallbladder colic; treats joint pain, malaria, abcesses, wounds and ulcers.
It is cultivated in French Guiana as a medicinal plant (Moretti 104, 993). They use the leaves for mosquito and snake bites, and to address liver problems and malaria. In Belize Contribo is used for flus, colds, constipation, fevers, stomach aches, indigestion, gastritis and parasites.
The powdered herbs are best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in ½ to 1 cup dosages, 3 times daily. This herb is bitter.
Taking these herbs while consuming acidic foods like meat, dairy, and processed foods will reduce the efficacy of the herbs in reversing disease.
Duck flowers contain aristolochic acid, which the American FDA has reported to be a known carcinogen. Users seek a doctor’s advice or medical help before consumption. Taken in more than the required quantity, this potent compound can also lead to stomach discomfort and vomiting. The severity of discomfort will vary from person to person, depending on the strength of the immunity system and the quantity consumed. You can also experience mild to frequent bowel movements, hot flashes, and sweating after consumption.
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