Carqueja (Baccharis trimera) is a bitter-tasting plant. It is used in conventional medicine to combat digestive and hepatic complaints.
Carqueja has many healing properties and is antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-ulcerous and detoxifies the liver.
Carqueja (Baccharis trimera) is a herb that grows in a large part of the amazon rainforest and in tropical areas of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Carqueja: Liver protector
Carqueja is a plant that is used for its hepato-protective property.
It is composed of a combination of flavonoids (hispidulin,quercitin, asparagine, luteolin) that attract free radicals thus impeding hepatocyte (liver cell) peroxidation.
The liver is then protected and hepatic function is optimised.
It can be recommended for hepatic steatosis (fatty liver). If Carqueja is combined with sulphurised amino acids; their components will work in synergy and rapidly accelerate the process in which liver function is improved.
The combined action of the active ingredients found in Carqueja help to purify the blood, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. It is a great full body cleanser.
The flavonoids, essential oils and bitter substances (sesquiterpene lactones) have a choleretic (stimulate bile production) and cholagogue (promotes bile flow) effect, helping to cleanse the liver and gallbladder.
Flavonoids give carqueja a diuretic effect, aiding kidney function and filtering of toxins.
Carqueja is anti-acid and anti-ulcerous. Carqueja inhibits gastric secretion and prevents the formation of stress and alcohol-related ulcers.
Its bitter substances have eupeptic properties (improve digestion), carminative properties (improve gas expulsion) and antiseptic properties. The flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties.
Carqueja regulates stomach acidity and is useful for the treatment of gastric reflux, indigestion or hiatal hernia.
Prevention of digestive infections
It can help to prevent infections affecting the stomach and intestines.
Carqueja contains two flavonoids (apigenin and genkwanin) that act as anti-bacterial agents in the presence of S.aureus and E.coli amongst others.
Carqueja also has antifungal and antiseptic effects. The flavonoids, essential oils and saponins that are found in Carqueja inhibit the growth of C. albicans and S. cereveceae.
Carqueja (Baccharis trimera) is commercially available in tablet form with the brand name of Feu Vegetal.
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