Abuta (Cissampelos pareira) is an herb, the root, bark, and other parts that grow above the ground are used as medicine. Abuta is a woody, climbing rainforest vine with leaves up to 30 cm long. It produces inedible, dark, grape-sized berries. Abuta is found throughout the Amazon in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia, and it is cultivated by many to beautify their gardens. The vine or root of abuta is used in tropical countries to prevent a threatened miscarriage and to stop uterine haemorrhages after childbirth.
Midwives in the Amazon still carry abuta with them for menstrual cramps and pre- and postnatal pain, excessive menstrual bleeding, and uterine haemorrhaging. Abuta is also believed to aid poor digestion, drowsiness after meals, and constipation, an herb that can be found in the form of capsules or liquid extract.
No wonder it is known as a “midwife’s herb” in South America because it is used to treat a variety of women’s complaints. In some parts of the world, abuta is also used to reduce fever, inflammation, and pain. Abuta contains the tetrandine and phytochemicals which sooth down and relax the muscles. Due to diuretic properties Abuta increase the flow and frequency of urine which in turn remove the excess water, uric acid and other waste products from the kidneys. It is also helpful in the treatment of water retention. Abuta improves heart health. It helps to regulate the heart beats and tone up the heart muscles. It also lowers the blood pressure and as such is an effective herb for hypertensive patients.
Abuta tea is also popularly used for its health benefits. Simply boil the dried roots of the Abuta plant for about 20-25 minutes and allow the mix to steep for 5 minutes. It fights against the kidney stones and other gall bladder infections. Abuta tea should be consumed with care, so it is best to consult with your doctor or naturopath to ensure that this infusion is right for you.