The sucupira is a large tree that contains analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties. It mainly helps in relieving of pain and inflammations in the body that are mainly caused by rheumatic diseases. The tree belongs to the Fabaceae family and it is found mainly in South America.
The scientific name of the white sucupira is Pterodon pubescens and that of the black sucupira is Bowdichia major Mart. The parts of the plant that are majorly used are the seeds, which are used in the preparation of teas, oils and tinctures. In addition, the sucupira can also be found in the form of capsules, that are found in natural products stores, handling pharmacies as well as all over the internet.
What it’s for and the main benefits
The sucupira contains analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, healing, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and anti-tumour action. The seeds can therefore be used in several situations and promote numerous health benefits, the main ones being:
- Decreasing inflammation in the joints hence it can be used to treat arthritis, arthrosis, rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis
- Relieving pain caused by problems such as excess uric acid and inflammations
- Combating tonsillitis and its pain
- Helping in the healing of wounds that appear on the skin such as eczema, blackheads on the feet as well as bleeding
- Helping in the regulation of blood sugar levels
- Exerting anti-cancer action, such as in the case of prostate and liver cancer, since the seeds act as anti-tumours and anti-oxidants
In some cases, teas made from sucupira may help in relieving of pain and the discomfort caused by chemotherapy, which is used in the treatment of cancer.
How to use the sucupira
The sucupira can be found in form of tea, capsules, extract and oil. It can be used in the following ways:
- Tea sucupira seeds: Wash 4 sucupira seeds and break them using a kitchen hammer. Then boil the broken seeds along with 1 liter of water for 10 minutes, strain, and drink throughout the day.
- Sucupira in capsules: Take two capsules a day for greater effect.
- Sucupira oil: Take 3 to 5 drops a day and eat with food adding one drop I the mouth, for up to 5 days.
- Sucupira seed extract: Take 0.5 to 2 ml per day.
- Sucupira tincture: Take 20 drops, 3 times a day.
If you choose to make the tea, only one pot should be used for that purpose because the seeds of the plant usually stick on the pan making it difficult to remove during washing.
Possible side effects
Sucupira does not have well-known side effects that come with its consumption as it is well tolerated by the body. However, it is still important to consume with caution and under medical guidance.
Sucupira should not be consumed by pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under 12 years of age. In addition, it should also be used sparingly by people who have kidney or liver problems such as those with cancer. Therefore, it always important to consult the doctor before consumption.