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In South American medicine systems today, manacá is considered to be an abortive, a lymph and blood cleanser, a topical anesthetic, diuretic, menstrual promoter, laxative, sweat promoter, and narcotic.* For more information manacá (Brunfelsia uniflora), please refer to the Database File for manacá in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of manacá, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for arthritis and rheumatism (internal and external) and general painful and inflammatory conditions; to cleanse and stimulate the lymphatic system (and for swollen lymph glands); to relieve menstrual pain and cramps; for colds, flu, and fevers; for venereal diseasesSuggested Use: This plant is best prepared as a decoction. Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently boil in a covered pot for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and settle for 10 minutes and strain warm liquid into a cup (leaving the settled powder in the bottom of the pan). It is traditionally taken in 1/2 cup amounts twice daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal decoctions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.