Benefits of Carapia for health

Dorstenia brasiliensis Lam, popularly known as Carapiá , is a medicinal plant originating in South America. It has been used for hundreds of years, including by indigenous peoples, and we will talk about it below.

It is a small plant, about 20 centimeters tall. It has red flowers and a very bitter taste. As for its medicinal properties, they are found especially in its root, which is widely used to make teas.

It is commonly used to treat digestive ailments, to detoxify the body and to reduce fluid retention. Some Indians even use it to induce lucid dreams.

Next, we will talk a little more about each of the properties and benefits that its consumption can bring, how to prepare, how to consume, where to buy and what are its contraindications.


This plant is known for having the most diverse medicinal properties. They are mainly concentrated in its root, which is where many essential oils and mineral salts are found. Because of this, the most popular and efficient way to enjoy all the properties is through tea made using the root.

Some of its main properties are:

  • It helps to treat various problems of the digestive system, such as stomach pain, heartburn, burning, poor digestion, among others;
  • It helps to regulate bowel function and combat various problems, such as constipation, diarrhea, pain, cramps and bloating;
  • It helps in the treatment of oral problems, such as infections and sore throats;
  • It has a diuretic action, fighting fluid retention and reducing swelling;
  • Helps the body to detoxify.

Next, we’ll better understand how each of these properties can help the body and bring us more health and well-being. Let’s get to know all the benefits present in carapiá !


This plant is known to have many benefits. Let’s get to know the main ones below:

Fever: its root is known to have substances that help lower body temperature and control fever.

Diarrhea: the consumption of carapiá tea can be an excellent ally in combating diarrhea and dysentery. These problems, if not treated quickly, can lead to more serious ones, such as dehydration.

Constipation: as well as helping to fight dysentery, which are inflammation in the intestine, the consumption of this plant can also help to eliminate constipation, regulating bowel function and ending pain and swelling caused by the problem.

Tonsillitis and other oral problems: Another medicinal use attributed to this herb is related to oral diseases. Some people use it to treat conditions such as tonsillitis. For this, it is necessary to prepare tea and gargle at least three times a day.

Improves digestion : Carapiá can help improve digestion in general, from the moment the food is ingested until it is eliminated by the body, reducing and helping to treat problems in the digestive system.

Stomach ache: one of the problems that can be treated with the use of tea from its root is stomach pain, which many people feel after eating, especially when consuming very heavy food.

Food poisoning: this plant has the ability to improve digestion. In addition, it helps the body to eliminate all the toxins it has ingested, thus ending food poisoning.

Diuretic action: for people who have kidney problems, this plant can be a great ally. After all, it is known for its diuretic action. That is, it stimulates the body to eliminate more fluids through urine.

Decreases fluid retention: the diuretic action present in carapiá makes it excellent for those who want to reduce fluid retention, which is very uncomfortable and causes several problems such as swelling and pain.

Against insect bites: there are reports that some indigenous peoples have a very old custom of using this plant to treat insect bites, thus reducing the action of the poison on the skin.

Antidote against snake bites: In addition to insect bites, Indians also used carapiá as an antidote against snake bites. However, its effectiveness in these cases is not proven by science.

Gynecological diseases: some people report that the use of this plant can be very efficient in the treatment of some gynecological diseases. However, it is important to emphasize that there is no research or studies proving its action, and that the ideal is always seek specialized medical treatment,

Carapiá for sinusitis: there are no reports or scientific evidence that the inhalation or consumption of tea from this plant can bring any benefit to the treatment of sinusitis.


This herb is also known by some indigenous peoples as “dream herb”. This is because its use goes beyond medicinal use. They also have a tradition of using it to provoke so-called lucid dreams, a custom that has been passed down from generation to generation and which extends to the present day

Now that you know all the benefits that carapiá can bring to your health, it’s time to learn how to best consume it!


The best way to consume this plant to obtain all the benefits it can offer and better enjoy its properties is through tea, which must always be made and consumed on the same day. The drink is very easy to prepare. Let’s learn it below:



  • 2 tablespoons of carapiá root
  • 1 liter of water

preparation mode

  • Mix the root with water and bring to fire.
  • When the first bubbles appear, count for 4 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and leave covered for another 10 minutes.
  • Strain and then take.
  • If desired, you can consume the rest throughout the day.
  • If you feel the need, you can sweeten it with a little honey. However, the most recommended is always to consume completely pure herbal teas, in order to take the better advantage of their properties.


It is recommended to consume at least 2 cups a day. However, this amount can vary greatly depending on your age, gender, weight and goals. The ideal is to start with little and, if you feel the need, increase the amount, never exceeding 1 liter.


Depending on the region where you live, Carapiá may not be so easy to find in physical stores. However, through the internet, it is quite easily found in virtual stores, and most of them deliver all over Brazil.

Some types of stores where you can find it are:

  • Natural products stores;
  • Herbal stores;
  • Fairs;
  • Municipal markets;
  • Virtual stores.

If you still have trouble finding it, look in internet forums and social media discussion groups.


It is difficult to vary a single price for this plant, as it can vary a lot by city and store. However, on the internet it is possible to find a package containing 20g of the roots for around 20 reais.


Some people use this herb to mask strong smoke odors such as tobacco and cannabis. When burned, its odor is very similar to that of burnt coconut. However, its flavor is quite characteristic and bitter, which ends up causing many to give up using it.


There are no studies or research related to this. However, it is believed that smoking this herb does not bring any harm to the body.


Yes, it is quite effective at disguising strong odors. When mixed with tobacco, only its smell can be felt.


There is no research that proves any negative side effects related to the use of horse mackerel. As it is a totally natural product, it is believed that it can hardly bring any harm to health.

However, it should never be used to replace medicines recommended by the doctor or as the only treatment for any illness. The ideal is always to consult an expert.

In addition, some people report that direct contact with the plant causes certain sensitivity to the skin, causing minor irritation, burning and redness, especially under the sun. Therefore, it is recommended to always wash your hands thoroughly after handling them to avoid possible skin problems.

The carapiá is, without a doubt, an extremely beneficial plant for human health. It can help us in a number of ways, such as:

  • Improves digestive problems;
  • Decreases fluid retention;
  • Helps in the treatment of oral problems;
  • Improves bowel function;
  • Decreases smoke smell;
  • Detoxifies the body, cleaning it from the inside out.

Even though it is a little difficult to find, it is certainly an herb that is well worth looking for and always having on hand! After all, nothing like taking advantage of the treatments and riches that nature offers us to have a better and healthier life!

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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