Paico is an ancient medicinal plant, it has antiparasitic qualities for the treatment of roundworms (worms) and tapeworms. This plant has multiple properties and is beneficial for a number of diseases.
It grows wild and cultivated on the coast, highlands and Amazon of Peru, up to 4,000 meters above sea level, on the edges of farms, farmland and gardens. It is common to find it in the departments of Cajamarca, Cusco, Huánuco, Loreto and San Martín.
- Paico leaves relieve stomach cramps, colds, spasms, hemorrhoids, pneumonia, gastritis, dysmenorrhea, inflammation of the urinary tract, and it serves as an antitussive.
- Also as an anthelmintic, purgative, diuretic, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, antiseptic, digestive, antirheumatic and antiarthritic.
- Ascaridol is one of its main components, responsible for its aroma and its parasiticidal properties.
- It has drawn the attention of researchers for its many properties, consequently in vitro and in vivo studies have been carried out.
- It is a very popular stomach herb that is taken as an infusion after meals.
- In Brazil, in the states of Amazonas, Roraima and Amapá, the juice of the leaves is used as a fortifier, anti-inflammatory, for the treatment of gastritis, sinusitis and flu.
1 tablespoon is taken on an empty stomach for 3 to 9 days in a row and can be accompanied by some sweet liquid (honey, sugar water) that hides the characteristic taste.
Paico is capable of activating labor, but in high doses it can cause abortion.