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This tropical, medicinal plant database shows the use of natural remedies & therapies, herbal dietary supplements, medicinal plants and herbs from the Amazon rainforest. It is for specific disorders and conditions as used for many centuries by the Maroons, Amerindians and Asian immigrants (from India and Indonesia) in Suriname.

Visit the MEDICINE FROM NATURE page. It shows the use of alternative medicine, natural remedies, dietary supplements, medicinal plants and herbs for specific disorders and conditions.

Visit also the Compiled Medicinal Plant List for all the medicinal plants in Surinam, Guyana and French Guiana (Guyane franšaise).



For the use of Herbal Dietary Supplements go to: MEDICINAL TEAS and HERBAL TINCTURES.

Note: the information is not intended to be used to diagnose, cure, prescribe or replace proper medical care!

For detailed information on disorders, illnesses and conditions, please visit MEDLINE - plus.
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A localized accumulation of pus, in any part of the body, that results from a breakdown of tissues (infection).
Hibuscus sabdariffa, Cassava, Cat's Claw, Simaruba, Castor Bean, Soursop.

Abdominal pains:
Non - specific symptons that can be assocated with several condition, within or outside the abdomen.
Syzygium cumini, Abrus precatorius

Abortion agent that produces an abortion.
Asclepias curassavica, broomweed, Waltheria Americana, Wormseed, Paternoster bean.

Inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands of the skin; usually on the face and upper body, characterized by papules, pustules, comedones (blackheads) and in severe cases by cysts, nodules, and scarring. The most common form - acne vulgaris - usually affects persons from puberty to young adulthood.
Abuta, Bitter Melon, Cat's Claw, Sarsaparilla.

Acute - and chronic hepatitis:
Inflammation of the liver that is characterized by jaundice, abdominal discomfort, loss of apetite, enlarged and abnormilly functioning liver and dark urine.
Hard stick, Phyllanthus amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria.

Adrenal Disorders:
Hormone - secreting glands situated atop a kidney, essential for the maintenance of water and salt balance and the function of many organ systems in the body.

Serious, often fatal condition in which the immune system breaks down and does not respond normally to infection. The cause has been identified as a virus (human immunodeficiency virus) HIV. No treatment has yet proven effective.
Zingiber zerumbet, Zingiber aromaticum, Cat's Claw, Candlestick Senna, Pau d'Arco, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Quassia, Pao pereira.

Hypersensitivity reaction to a substance that is intrinsically harmless, f.i. dust, pollen, animal hair, certain substances in food.
Hardstick, Cat's Claw, Jatoba, Pau d'Arco, Verbena.

Allergic Rhinitis:
Rhinitis = inflammation of the mucous membrane lining of the nose and eyes, it may be caused by viral infection (f.i. cold) or by allergic reaction (f.i. hay fever, dust, food allergies).

Complete or partial loss of hair that occurs most often on the scalp.
Bitter Melon, Sarsaparilla, Verbena.

Substances that stimulate changes of a defensive or healing nature in metabolism or tissue function when there is chronic or acute disease or restoring in some unknown way the normal function of an organ or system.
Billy Goat Weed, Cat's Claw, Sarsaparilla.

Alzheimer's disease:
Progressive loss of mental ability and function, often accompanied by personality changes and emotional instability.
Areca, Curcuma xanthorriza

Substance used to kill amoebias disease - causing ameba, especially entamoeba histolytica, which infects the intestine.
Papaya, Quassia, Simaruba, Wormseed.

Abnormal stoppage or absence of the menstrual flow. It may be caused by congenital abnormality of the reproductive tract or by endrocine (hormonal) dysfunction, malnutrition, marked change in the amount of body fat, severe trauma or emotional upset.
Cat's Claw, Verbena, Wormseed.

Partial or total loss of memory, usually resulting from shock, psychological disturbance, braininjury or illness.

Abuta, Andiroba, Billy Goat Weed, Candlestick Senna, Citrus Grandis, Greater Periwinkle,
Indian jujube, Lesser Periwinkle, Morinda citrifolia, Papaya, Passionflower, Pau d' Arco, Phyllanthus Amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Simaruba, Soursop, Spondias mombin, Sweet Broom, Trumpet Tree, Velvetbean, Verbena, Wild Tomato, Worm Seed.

Substance which blocks an allergic reaction.
Papaya, Trumpet Tree, Verbena.

Condition in which hemoglobin content of the blood is below normal limits,
so there is a decreased ability of the red blood cells to give enough oxygen to body tissue.

Mango, Pau d' Arco, Phyllanthus urinaria, Eclipta alba, Syzygium cumini, Phyllanthus Amarus, Swietenia Mahogany, Quassia, Simaruba, Sweet Broom, Tamarind, Sesamum indicum, Wormseed.

Substance that decreases nerve sensitivity to pain.

Also know as Angina pectoralis.
Severe pain in the chest, often spasmodic, accompanied by a choking feeling.

Cayenne Pepper, Spigelia.

Pain relieving drug.
Elaeis guineensis, Cayenne Pepper, Asclepias curassavica
, Shiny bush.

Lack or loss of appetite despite basic caloric needs.
Phyllanthus urinaria, Quassia Amara, Phyllanthus Amarus.

Substance which reduces and/or neutralizes stomach acid.
Sweet Broom, Verbena.

Drug or chemical that kills intestinal worms.
Bitter Melon, Candlestick Senna, Cat's Claw, Papaya, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Cyperus Rotundus, Quassia, Spanish Cedar, Velvetbean, Verbena, Calabaza, Wormseed, Ruellia tuberosa.

Kills or inhibits bacteria.
Andiroba, Annato, Billy Goat Weed, Bitter Melon, Candlestick Senna, Copaiba, Guava, Hamelia patens, Jatoba, Lemon Grass, Lesser Periwinkle, Papaya, Pau d' Arco, Phyllanthus Amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Quassia, Shiny Bush, Simaruba, Soursop, Spondias mombin.

Drug derived from a micro-organism or produced synthetically (e.g. penicillin).
It destroys or limits the growth of a living organism or fungus.
Bitter Melon, Papaya, Bell Apple, Allamanda Cathartica, Spondias mombin, Sarsaparilla.

Used in the treatment of cancer.
Zingiber zerumbet, Zingiber aromaticum, Periwinkle, Soursop, Bitter Melon
, Papaya, Bell Apple, Allamanda Cathartica, Pao Pereira, Sarsaparilla, Curcuma xanthorriza.

Substance meant to oppose depression or sadness.
Turnera diffusa, Cat's Claw, Passionflower, Soursop, Mimosa pudica.

Antidote for snake - and scorpion bites:
Drug, that neutralizes or minimizes the effects of a poison.
Hibiscus abelmoschus, Holy Basil, Simaruba Officinalis.

Substance that destroys or prevents the growth of fungi.
Candlestick Senna, Jatoba, Eclipta alba, Mango, Papaya, Pau d' Arco, Hamelia patens, Wormseed, Virola Surinamensis.

Substance against any of several kinds of arbovirus (f.i. insects or crustaceans) infections usually occuring in a specific geographic area.

Damaging to the liver (drugs or alcohol).
Bitter Melon, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Quassia, Wild Tomato.

Used to reduce inflammation.
Abuta, Andiroba, Annato, Billy Goat Weed, Bitter Melon, Cassava, Cat's Claw, Cayenne Pepper, Copaiba, Curcuma xanthorriza, Greater Periwinkle, Guava, Jatoba, Lesser Periwinkle, Mimosa pudica, Passionflower, Pau d' Arco, Phyllanthus Amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Sarsaparilla, Sweet Broom, Verbena, Wild Tomato, Worm Bush, Zingiber aromaticum, Zingiber zerumbet.

Destroys or inhibits growth of disease-causing bacteria and other micro-organisms.
Candlestick Senna, Copaiba, Guava, Jatoba, Lantana, Pau d' Arco, Greater Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Possum Wood, Simaruba, Wormseed.

Reduces, prevents or reverses the action of a mutagen.
Bitter Melon, Cat's Claw, Pau d' Arco, Soursop, Wild Tomato.

Protects against free radical activity and lipid peroxidation by preventing oxidation.
Scoparia dulcis, Annato, Billy goat weed, Barbados Cherry, Bitter Melon, Cat's Claw, Jatoba, Curcuma xanthorriza.

Drug to prevent or kill parasites.
Andiroba, Annato, Bitter Melon, Candlestick Senna, Cat's Claw, Jatoba, Mango, Papaya, Passionflower, Pau d' Arco, Quassia, Simaruba, Soursop, Velvetbean, Verbena, Wild Tomato, Wormseed.

Destroys or inhibits germs, disease-causing bacteria and other micro-organisms, sufficiently non-toxic to cleanse wounds and prevent infections.
Tamarindus indica, Abuta, Andiroba, Cat's Claw, Cayenne Pepper, Theobroma cacao, Mango, Passionflower, Sarsaparilla, Sweet Broom, Wild Tomato, Spondias mombin.

Substance that relieves spasm of smooth muscle.
Hibiscus abelmoschus, Abuta, Guava, Jatoba, Passionflower, Holy Basil, Greater Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Soursop, Verbena, Shiny bush, Mimosa pudica.

Substance that depress coughing.
Chrysophyllum cainito, Annato, Carpenter's Grass, Copaiba, Jatoba, Lemongrass, Mango, Passionflower, Shiny Bush, Sweet Broom, Trumpet Tree, Wild Tomato.

Substance that protects against the formation of ulcers or is used for the treatment of ulcers.
Lantana, Copaifera officinalis.

Destroys viruses.
Soursop, Bitter Melon, Cat's Claw, Mango, Pau d' Arco, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Quassia, Sweet Broom.

An emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior.
Holy basil, Passion flower.

Mild laxative.

Abuta, Bitter Melon, Castor Bean, Jatoba, Papaya, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Quassia, Sweet Broom.

To stimulate sexual activity and libido.
Alligator pepper, Bitter Melon, Cayenne Pepper, Devil's Doer, Jak fruit, Sarsaparilla, Sweet Broom, Tropical almond, Turnera diffusa, Velvet bean.

Normal desire esp. for food, but also for other need, including sex.
Curcuma xanthorriza, Quassia (loss of appetite).

Inflammation of a joint or joints that may cause swelling, redness, stiffness and pain.
There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The most common form is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).

Abuta, Andiroba, Cat's Claw, Cayenne Pepper, Cordia curassavica, Curcuma xanthorriza, Desmodium adscendens, Jatoba, Noni, Papaya, Pau d' Arco, Pine, Sarsaparilla, Soursop, Waltheria Americana, Wild Tomato, Wormseed.

Disorder of the arteries; Also called Hardening of the arteries.
Cat's Claw

Infection with ascaris worms acquired through feces-contaminated water or food.

Respiratory disorder; episodes of difficulty in breathing, wheezing, cough and thick mucous production caused by spasm or inflammation of the bronchi.
Abuta, African eggplant, Annato, Bitter Melon, Bloodflower, Breadfruit, Cacao, Candlestick senna, Cat's claw, Cayenne pepper, Desmodium adscendens, Eclipta alba, Eggplant, Euphorhia hirta, Jak fruit, Jatoba, Kapok Tree, Lemongrass, Mango, Papaya, Passionflower, Phyllanthus amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Sarsaparilla, Sweet Potato, Trumpet tree, Velvetbean, Verbena, Wild tomato, Wormseed.

Substance to destroy or inhibit, Ascaris lumbricoides, a intestinal parasitic worm.
Candlestick Senna, Mango, Papaya, Velvetbean, Wormseed.

Causing the skin to draw tight, to stop bleeding in minor cuts.
Tamarindus indica, Rambutan, Annato, Barbados Cherry, Cyperus Rotundus, Bitter Melon, Guava, Jatoba, Greater Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Quassia, Soursop, Spanish Cedar.

Athlete's foot:
Fungal infection (ringworm) of the foot. It generally starts between the toes, causing itching and burning. A common fungal infection of the foot also called tinea pedis. Later, a bacterium may replace the fungus and cause the skin between the toes to turn white, crack and peel off. Treatment is by antifungal preparations.
Copaifera officinalis, Cassia Alata, Eclipta alba.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
Common childhood brain disorder and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.


Backache relieve:
Pain in the back. Backache is a common complaint; it may be caused by muscle strain or other muscle injury or disorder, or by pressure on a nerve, resulting from vertebral disk injury, or as a symptom of many other disorders.
Physic Nut, Desmodium Adscendens.

Soothing, healing oily substance.
Andiroba, Copaiba.

Bilharzia (Snail fever):
Schistosomiasis, snail fever or Bilharzia; caused by parasitic flatworms called schistosomes. The urinary tract or the intestines may be infected.

Bladder disorders:
Disorders of the urinary bladder; a muscular, membranous sac that stores urine.
Amaranthus tricolor, Abuta, Bitter Melon, Jatoba, Lemongrass, Mango, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Trumpet tree, Pride of Barbados, Sarsaparilla, Wild Tomato, Virola Surinamensis, Waltheria americana

Excessive discharge of mucus.
Abuta, Jatoba, Phyllanthus urinaria, Quassia Amara, Phyllanthus Amarus, Sweet Broom.

Blood disorders:
Cat's Claw, Sarsaparilla.

Blood pressure:
Force of blood on the walls of the arteries resulting from the squeezing effects of the heart's left ventricle (systole), with residual maintenance (diastole) as the heart chambers relax and expand.
Artocarpus altilis, Shiny bush, Syzygium jamun.

Blood sugar:
Simple sugar that is the major energy source in the body.
Ocimum sanctum.

Small painful lumps in the skin that has a core of dead tissue and surounding inflammation.
Abuta, Billy Goat Weed, Bitter Melon, Cat's Claw, Papaya, Pau d' Arco, Soursop, Verbena, Wild Tomato.

Bowel / Intestine disorders:
Intestines especially the large intestines. That part of the alimentary canal extending from the pyloric opening of the stomach to the anus.
Sesamum indicum, Billy Goat Weed, Cat's Claw, Copaiba, Guava, Jatoba, Papaya, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Wild Tomato.

Breast cancer:
One of the most common malignancies in women in the United States, with several known risk factors, including a family history of breast cancer.
Early symptoms are usually detected by the woman during breast self-examination and include a small painless lump; thick or dimpled skin, or a change in the nipple; later symptoms include nipple discharge, pain and swollen lymph glands in the armpit area.
Diagnosis is made by physical examination, mammography and laboratory examination of tumor cells obtained through biopsy.

Bitter Melon, Noni, Pao pereira .

Inflammation of a bronchus or of the bronchi.
Spondias mombin, Waltheria americana, Euphorhia hirta, Coffee plum, Abuta, Candlestick Senna, Copaiba, Guava, Jatoba, Hard stick, Mango, Passionflower, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Pride of Barbados, Sweet Broom, African eggplant, Hard stick, Trumpet Tree, Verbena, Wild Tomato.

Tissue injury resulting from exposure to excessive sun, heat, caustic or electricity.
Annato, Billy Goat Weed, Bitter Melon, Mango, Papaya, Sarsaparilla, Sweet Potato.

Inflammation of a bursa, fluid-filled membranelined sac, usually in the vicinity of joints.
Curcuma xanthorriza, Cat's Claw
, Cayenne Pepper, Jatoba.


Stone that forms in the body, f.i. gall- and kidneystone.
Abuta, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus.

Hardened area of skin as on the bottom of the foot .
Tissue formed around a bone fracture.
Trumpet tree.

Abnormal, malignant growth of cells that invade nearby tissues and often spread to other sites in the body, interfering with the normal function of the affected sites.
Alligator pepper, Andiroba, Annato, Bitter melon, Cat's claw, Curcuma xanthorriza, Fingerroot, Greater periwinkle, Kalanchoe, Lesser periwinkle, Noni, Pao pereira, Papaya, Pau d'arco, Phyllanthus amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Quassia, Sarsaparilla, Soursop, Star apple, Tropical almond, Vassourinha, Velvet bean, Wild tomato, Zingiber aromaticum, Zingiber zerumbet.

Yeast - like fungus that may infect the mouth, skin, intestines or vagina.
Candlestick Senna, Cat's Claw, Jatoba, Pau d' Arco, Wormseed.

Tonic to strengthen the heart and aorta.
Cat's Claw, Jatoba, Mango, Papaya, Greater Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Soursop, Trumpet Tree, Cacao, Verbena, Wormbush.

Prevents formation of or used to expel stomach gas.
Piper marginatum, Billy Goat Weed, Bitter Melon, Cyperus Rotundus, Greater Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Sarsaparilla, Velvet bean.

Mucous membrane infection.
Bitter Melon, Copaiba, Jatoba, Mango, Greater Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Cordia, Soursop.

Increases or stimulates the evacuation of the bowels. (See laxative)

CDiff (Clostridium difficile):
Bacterium that causes diarrhea and serious intestinal conditions such as colitis.

Combinations forms indicating an association with chemicals or chemistry.
Tropical almond, Curcuma xanthorriza.

Infection caused by the chikungunya virus (CHIKV). Symptoms include fever and joint pain.

Acute infection with the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae, characterized by severe diarrhea and vomiting, often leading to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and if untreated, death.
Abuta, Guava, Mango, Velvet bean.

Increases the flow of bile from the gallbladder.
Candlestick Senna, Phyllanthus Amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Sweet Broom.

Cholesterol problems:
See Hypocholesterolemic.(Cholesterol = complex chemical, present in all animal fats and widespread in the body.
Acai, Phyllanthus Amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Roselle.

Increases the contractive power of the bile duct.

Increase the production and flow of bile in the liver.

Chronic fatigue syndrome:
Fatigue = 1.exhaustion, weariness, loss of strength; 2.temporary inability of tissues to respond to stimuli.
Cat's Claw, Jatoba.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):
One of the most common lung diseases; gives difficulty in breathing. The two main forms are: Chronic bronchitis and Emphysema.
Asthma weed, Embauba, Curcumin

CNS Stimulant:
Stimulates the Central Nervous System.

CNS Disorders:

Promotes wound healing and formation of new tissue.
Andiroba, Annato, Bitter Melon, Guava, Passionflower, Soursop, Sweet Broom.

Circulation Problems:
General term for the movement of the blood, lymph, or other fluids through the body.
Cat's Claw, Cayenne Pepper, Mango, Pau d' Arco, Roselle.

Infection involving the nasal passages and upper part of the breathing system (not including the lungs) / influenza = acute, contagious, virus-caused infection of the respratory tract.
Abuta, Andiroba, Annato, Billy Goat Weed, Bitter Melon, Candlestick Senna, Cassia occidentalis, Cat's Claw, Cayenne Pepper, Cordia curassavica, Guava, Ginger, Lantana Camara, Lemongrass, Mango, Papaya, Pau d' Arco, Periwinkle, Phyllanthus Amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Piper marginatum, Puyang, Sarsaparilla, Shiny bush, Simaruba, Soursop, Surinam cherry, Tonka Bean, Verbena, Vinca major, Waltheria America, Wild Tomato.

1.Acute pain associated with spasm of smooth muscle f.i. during passage of a kidneystone; 2.in infants; recurrent episodes of persistent crying accompanied by signs of abdominal distress, may be caused by intestinal gas.
Cake bush, Billy Goat Weed, Bitter Melon, Cat's Claw, Guava, Papaya, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus, Simaruba, Sweet Broom, Wild Tomato, Maracuja, Wormseed.

Colon Disorders:
Colon = segment of large intestine from the cecum to the rectum.
Bitter Melon, Cat's Claw, Pau d'Arco, Verbena.

Abnormal collection of blood or other fluid in the lungs.

Inflammation of the mucous membrane lining of the eyelids and the front of the eye, caused by bacterial or viral infection, allergy or irritation.
Euphorbia hirta, Abuta, Annato, Sarsaparilla, Sweet Broom, Wormseed.

Difficulty in having bowel movements.
Abuta, Annato, Banaba, Candlestick Senna, Castor Bean, Jatoba, Jatropha Curcas, Mountain Apple, Papaya, Pau d'Arco, Phyllanthus Amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Sweet Broom.

Means of preventing fertilization.
Broomweed, Rosary pea.

Sudden, involuntary and violent contraction of a group of muscles; also called a seizure.
Abuta, Annato, Cassia occidentalis, Guava, Hard stick, Passionflower.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD):
Most common type of heart disease; when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This is due to the build up of plaque on the inner walls.
Cayenne, Curcumin, Ginger.

Sudden forceful and audible expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the airpassages of irritants and helps to prevent aspiration of foreign particles into the lungs.
Abuta, Ageratum, Andiroba, Bitter Melon, Cassia occidentalis, Cordia curassavica, Cyperus, Guava, Jatoba, Lantana Camara, Lemongrass, Mango, Passionflower, Pau d'Arco, Phyllanthus Amarus, Phyllanthus urinaria, Portulaca oleracea, Puyang (whooping cough), Roselle, Sarsaparilla, Shiny bush, Soursop, Sweet Broom, Trumpet Tree, Velvetbean, Verbena, Wild Tomato.

Crohn's Disease:
Chronic inflammatory condition affecting the colon, producing frequent episodes of diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, fever, weakness and weightloss.
Cat's Claw.

Cystic fibrosis:
Inherited disease, usually recognized in infancy or early childhood, in which the glands, esp. those of the pancreas, lungs and intestines, become clogged with thick mucus.
Curcuma xanthorriza.

Inflammation of the urinary bladder and ureters.
Curcuma xanthorriza, Abuta, Annato, Copaiba, Jatoba, Phyllanthus urinaria, Phyllanthus Amarus

To damage or destroy cancerous cells.
Bitter Melon, Cat's Claw, Pau d'Arco, Simaruba, Soursop.

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