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Achiota (Bixa orallana L)

 
Uses: Prostate disorders, arterial hypertension, high cholesterol levels, cystitis, obesity, renal insufficiency, and to eliminate uric acid

Achiote is a shrub or small tree that grows 5-10 m in height. During the fruition period, fruit in the shape of reddish-orange thorny pods appear at the ends of shoots. Each of them contains up to 50 seeds. An infusion made with young Achiote shoots is considered by indigenous tribes an antidysenteric, aphrodisiac and astringent. It is also used to treat skin problems, fevers, and hepatitis. It is also said to be beneficial for the digestive system.

Today in Peru dried leaves are boiled for 10 minutes in 1 liter of water are drunk to treat prostate disorders, arterial hypertension, high cholesterol levels, cystitis, obesity, renal insufficiency, and to eliminate uric acid. This decoction is also recommended for liver and stomach disorders.

In the US, although Achiote is not extremely popular nor available in, standard decoctions of Achiote leaves are recommended by practitioners 2-3 times daily for prostate and urinary difficulties as well as high cholesterol and hypertension. A 1996 in vitro study shows that flower and leaf Achiote extracts demonstrate antibacterial activity against several bacteria including E. coli and Staphylococcus

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