IMPORTANT: The information provided is for information only. The medical claims or advice are not endorsed. Never take any medicines without first consulting a qualified practitioner.Guinea hen weed, also known as Anamu, is a well-known Jamaican remedy for headaches, fever and colds. There are several ways of using it, for example grating the root and steeping it in rum before rubbing the mixture over the head, or simply tying leaves to your head.
Plant-screening tests have also shown that it contains chemicals active against some types of cancer cells, including forms of leukaemia and breast cancer, although the effect varies. Other studies claim it is active against many strains of bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast.
GUINEA HEN WEED (ANAMU) PLANT SUMMARY
Main Preparation Method: capsulesor infusion
Main Actions (in order):
anticancerous, antiviral, anticandidal, antibacterial, immune stimulant
Documented by Traditional
anti-anxiety, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic (promotes sweating), diuretic, febrifuge (reduces fever), insecticide, menstrual stimulant, sedative, vermifuge (expels worms)
Cautions: Abortive and Hypoglycemic effects.
Anamu has been found to cause
contractions of the uterus
that can lead to abortions and
miscarriages. As such, it
should not be used by pregnant
Anamu contains a low concentration of a blood thinner called coumadin. People with any bleeding disorder like hemophilia or who are on blood thinning medication should consult their health-care provider before using anamu.