jatoba powder is from the inner bark from the jatoba tree in the AMAZON.
BEST ANTIFUNGAL HERB I HAVE SEEN AND TRIED.
I suggest people try jatoba before anything.
IT also takes your sugar craving away while on it and the tree does not rot when it dies from fungus like most trees do.
I take it in powder form and make tea from it.
it cost from 17 to 25 dollars a pound plus shipping.
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hope this helps people.
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Health Benefits of Amazon Rainforest Herbs: Jatoba
Article by Heidi Wiesenfelder (3,621 pts )
Published on Apr 29, 2009
Part 3 of 5 in the series: Amazon Rainforest Herbs
Jatoba is a tall Amazon rainforest tree that does not rot when it dies due to its antifungal nature. Learn about its use as one of the most potent antifungal herbs and about its other health benefits.
Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril) is also known as stinking toe, copal, Brazilian copal, and South American locust. It is a large Amazon Rainforest canopy tree whose trunk can grow up to 90 feet tall and 6 feet in diameter. It is used for timber due to its strength and hardness, and its resin and bark are used for varnish, incense, and pottery glaze.
The tree is strongly anti-fungal and does not rot when it dies and falls in the rainforest, as do most other rainforest trees. Many of its benefits are related to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The bark, resin, and leaves are used for a variety of health conditions, including candida, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, and prostatitis. Jatoba can be made into a decoction or tea, or taken as a supplement. Some users find that it has a mild stimulant effect and thus avoid consuming it at night.
Benefits of Jatoba
Jatoba's strong antifungal nature make it quite effective for dealing with topical fungal infections such as athlete's foot and nail fungus. Jatoba can be applied topically as well as taken internally for these conditions.
It can also be taken internally for urinary tract infections (including bladder infections) and both internally and as a douche for yeast infections.
According to Leslie Taylor, ND, many chronic conditions such as cystitis and prostatitis are now found to be fungal rather than bacterial, and thus do not respond well to prescription antibiotics, and can actually be worsened when the medications increase growth of yeast and fungus. These conditions do respond to jatoba's antifungal properties.
Jatoba has antiinflammatory properties which render it beneficial for dealing with inflammation of the respiratory tract, as in asthma and bronchitis. It has been found to be an inhibitor of the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase, which is involved in prostaglandin production. Prostaglandins are inflammatory agents, and one of them (leukotriene B4) is responsible for inflammation in air passages.
Other benefits of jatoba include relief from joint problems due to its anti-inflammatory action, and for treating internal parasites and stomach conditions. It has been shown to also have the ability to protect the liver. Jatoba also shows promise as a decongestant, for relieving diarrhea, and for increasing energy and strength. It has antiviral properties, and some herbalists recommend it for eye washes and for cleansing ears.
The leaves of jatoba can cause a hypoglycemic effect, so diabetics and hypoglycemics should consult a physician or herbalist for guidance.
from raintree nutrition
Synonyms: Hymenaea animifera, H. candolleana, H. multiflora, H. resinifera, H. retusa, H. stilbocarpa, Inga megacarpa
Common Names: Jatoba, jatobá, stinking toe, algarrobo, azucar huayo, jataí, copal, Brazilian copal, courbaril, nazareno, Cayenne copal, demarara copal, gomme animee, pois confiture, guapinol, guapinole, loksi, South American locust
Part Used: Bark, resin, leaves
From The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs:
HERBAL PROPERTIES AND ACTIONS
Main Actions Other Actions Standard Dosage
# kills fungi
# reduces spasms
# kills Candida
# decogests bronchials
Decoction: 1/2 - 1 cup 1-3
# kills mold
# dries secretions
# increases energy
# increases urination
Tincture: 1-3 ml twice daily
# kills bacteria
# protects liver
# stimulates digestion
# expels worms
# mildly laxative
# fights free radicals
Jatobá is a huge canopy tree, growing to 30 m in height, and is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and parts of tropical Central America. It produces bright green leaves in matched pairs, white, fragrant flowers that are pollinated by bats, and an oblong, brown, pod-like fruit with large seeds inside. The fruit is considered edible although hardly tasty; one of its common names, "stinking toe," is used to describe the smell and taste of the fruit! In the Peruvian Amazon the tree is called azucar huayo and, in Brazil, jatobá. The Hymenaea genus comprises two dozen species of tall trees distributed in tropical parts of South America, Mexico, and Cuba.
Several species of Hymenaea, including jatobá, produce usable copal resins. At the base of the jatobá tree an orange, sticky, resinous gum collects, usually underground (however, the bark also produces smaller amounts of resin when wounded). The resin of Hymenaea trees converts to amber through a remarkable chemical process requiring millions of years. During this process, volatile plant chemicals leach out of the resin and other non-volatile chemicals bond together. This forms a hard polymer that is resistant to natural decay processes and the ravages of time. As portrayed in the Jurassic Park movies, amber of million-year-old Hymenaea trees have provided scientists with many clues to its prehistoric presence on earth as well as to the insects and other plants encased in it.
TRIBAL AND HERBAL MEDICINE USES
In the Amazon, jatobá's aromatic copal resin is dug up from the base of the tree and burned as incense, used in the manufacture of varnishes, used as a glaze for pottery, and is employed medicinally. Indians in the Amazon have long used the resin in magic rituals, love potions and in wedding ceremonies. Although the name Hymenaea is derived from Hymen, the Greek God of marriage, it refers to the green leaflets that always occur in matching pairs, rather than the Indian's use of it in marriage ceremonies. Jatobá's bark and leaves also have an ancient history of use with the indigenous tribes of the rainforest. The bark of the tree is macerated by the Karaja Indians in Peru and Creole people in Guyana to treat diarrhea. In Ka'apor ethnobotany, jatobá bark is taken orally to stop excessive menstrual discharge, applied to wounded or sore eyes, and used to expel intestinal worms and parasites. The bark is used in the Peruvian Amazon for cystitis, hepatitis, prostatitis, and coughs. In the Brazilian Amazon, the resin is used for coughs and bronchitis, and a bark tea is used for stomach problems as well as foot and nail fungus.
With its long history of indigenous use, it would follow that jatobá has a long history of use in herbal medicine systems throughout South America. It was first recorded in Brazilian herbal medicine in 1930. The bark was described by Dr. J. Monteiro Silva who recommended it for diarrhea, dysentery, general fatigue, intestinal gas, dyspepsia, hematuria, bladder problems, and hemoptysis (coughing blood from the lungs). The resin was recommended for all types of upper respiratory and cardiopulmonary problems. In the mid-1960s an alcohol bark extract called Vinho de Jatobá was widely sold throughout Brazil as a tonic and fortificant, for energy, and for numerous other disorders.
In traditional medicine in Panama, the fruit is used to treat mouth ulcers and the leaves and wood are used for diabetes. In the United States, jatobá is used as a natural energy tonic, for such respiratory ailments as asthma, laryngitis, and bronchitis, as a douche for yeast infections and it is taken internally as a decongestant and for systemic candida in the stomach and intestines. It is also used in the treatment of hemorrhages, bursitis, bladder infections, arthritis, prostatitis, yeast and fungal infections, cystitis, and is applied topically for skin and nail fungus. At present, none of the research has indicated that jatobá has any toxicity. One study highlighted the mild allergic effect that jatobá resin may have when used externally.
Chemical analysis of jatobá shows that it is rich in biologically active compounds including diterpenes, sesquiterpenes, flavonoids, and oligosaccharides. The phytochemical makeup of jatobá is very similar to another resin-producing rainforest tree, copaiba, which is also featured in this book. Some of these same chemicals occuring in both plants (such as copalic acid, delta-cadinene, caryophyllene and alpha-humulene) have shown to exhibit significant anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antitumor activities in clinical studies. In other research, another of jatobá's phytochemicals, astilbin, was shown in a 1997 clinical study to provide antioxidant and liver protective properties.
Jatobá also contains terpene and phenolic chemicals which are responsible for protecting the tree from fungi in the rainforest. In fact, the jatobá tree is one of the few trees in the rainforest that sports a completely clean trunk bark, without any of the usual mold and fungus found on many other trees in this wet and humid environment. These antifungal terpenes and phenolics have been documented in several studies over the years and the antifungal activity of jatobá is attributed to these chemicals.
The main chemicals found in jatobá include: Alpha-copaene, alpha-cubebene, alpha-himachalene, alpha-humulene, alpha-muurolene, alpha-selinene, astilibin, beta-bisabolene, beta-bourbonene, beta-copaene, betacubebene, beta-gurjunene, beta-humulene, beta-selinene, beta-sitosterol, calarene, carboxylic acids, caryophyllene, catechins, clerodane diterpenes, communic acids, copacamphene, copalic acid, cubebene, cyclosativene, cyperene, delta-cadinene, gamma-muurolene, gamma-cadinene, halimadienoic acids, heptasaccharides, kovalenic acid, labdadiene acids, octasaccharides, oligosaccharides, ozic acids, polysaccharides, selinenes, and taxifolin.
BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES AND CLINICAL RESEARCH
In addition to its antifungal properties, jatobá also has been documented to have anti-yeast activity against a wide range of organisms including Candida. Other clinical studies have been performed on jatobá since the early 1970s which have shown that it has antimicrobial, molluscicidal (kills/controls snails & slugs), and antibacterial activities, including in vitro actions against such organisms as E. coli, Psuedomonas, Staphylococcus and Bacillus. In addition, a water extract of jatobá leaves has demonstrated significant hypoglycemic activity, producing a significant reduction in blood sugar levels (which validates another traditional use).
CURRENT PRACTICAL USES
Practitioners have long reported that jatobá bark has shown dramatic results with acute and chronic cystitis and prostatitis. Many practitioners today are discovering that these chronic conditions oftentimes can be fungal in nature rather than bacterial. The widespread use of antibiotics to treat these conditions can actually kill off friendly bacteria which live off fungi - and increase the chances of a fungal problem or encourage fungal growth - even to the point of making the condition chronic. When these types of chronic prostatitis and cystitis cases react so quickly and dramatically to jatobá supplements, is it probably from jatobá's antifungal and anti-yeast properties at work, not its antibacterial properties.
Natural health practitioners in the United States are learning of jatobá's many uses and employing it as a natural remedy for prostatitis and cystitis, as a healthful tonic for added energy (without any caffeine or harmful stimulants), and for many fungal and yeast problems such as candida, athlete's foot, yeast infections and stubborn nail fungus. It is a wonderful, helpful natural remedy from an important and ancient rainforest resource.
Jatobá Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: tincture or decoction
Main Actions (in order):
anticandidal, antifungal, antibacterial, stimulant, cough suppressant
1. for Candida and yeast infections
2. for fungal infections (athlete's foot, nail fungus, etc)
3. for prostatitis
4. for cystitis and urinary tract infections
5. as a natural stimulant and energy tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions)
Properties/Actions Documented by Research:
anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anticandidal, antifungal, hepatoprotective (liver protector), molluscicidal (kills snails)
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:
antidysenteric, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative (expels gas), cough suppressant, digestive stimulant, diuretic, purgative (strong laxative), stimulant, tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions), vermifuge (expels worms), wound healer
Cautions: It has a natural stimulant effect; take before 6 PM to avoid insomnia
Traditional Preparation: One-half to one cup bark decoction 1-3 times daily or 1-3 ml of a 4:1 tincture is taken twice daily. A strong bark decoction or standard tincture diluted with water and a small amount of cider vinegar is used topically for skin or nail fungi or employed as a douche for yeast infections.
Contraindications: Jatobá leaves have been documented to have a hypoglycemic effect and, as such, should be used under practitioner supervision by diabetics.
Drug Interactions: None reported.
WORLDWIDE ETHNOMEDICAL USES
Amazonia for eye problems, fatigue, fungal infections, menstrual discharge, worms
Brazil for aches, anemia, arthritis, asthma, athlete's foot, bladder problems, bronchitis, bursitis, candida, catarrh, colic, cough, cystitis, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, energy, fever, fungal infections, gastric sluggishnes, hemorrhages, hematuria, hemoptysis, hepatitis, intestinal gas, laryngitis, lung problems, pains, prostatitis, skin disorders, stomachache, tuberculosis, urethritis, urine retention, urinary insufficiency, worms, wounds, yeast infections, and as a astringent, decongestant, digestive stimulant, and expectorant
Guatemala for fever, mouth ulcers, rheumatism, and to promote sweating and urination
Haiti for arthritis, asthma, bruises, catarrh, constipation, diarrhea, emphysema, headache, intestinal problems, kidney problems, respiratory problems, rheumatism, sores, spasms, stomachaches and as an antiseptic
Mexico for asthma, catarrh, rheumatism, sores, venereal diseases and as a bowel stimulant
Panama for asthma, diabetes, diarrhea, hypoglycemia, mouth ulcers, stomach problems
Peru coughs, cystitis, diarrhea, hepatitis, prostatitis
Venezuela for fractures, lung problems, worms
Elsewhere for asthma, beri-beri, bronchitis, cystitis, dyspepsia, indigestion, inflammation, laryngitis, malaria, pain (testicles/prostate), prostatitis, rheumatism, and as an digestion stimulant and expectorant
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