This member of the pokeweed family is native to Florida and theLower Rio Grande Valley of Texas — plus many points south of theUS-Mexico border all the way into the Amazon rainforest. Commonlycalled garlic root, owing to the acrid odor of its leaves androots, anamu adds a garlicky taste to the milk of those animalsthat graze upon it.
The range of conditions that anamu is used to treat isastounding in its breadth and depth. the University of Illinoisexamined 1,400 plant extracts and identified anamu as one of only34 plants containing active properties against cancer. the herb’sleaf boosts the immune system, and it also reduces pain, fever,anxiety and spasms. Anamu kills fungi, viruses, Candida, bacteria,cancer cells and leukemia cells. Brazilian natives use the greenmedicine to treat arrow poisoning and snakebites. This botanicalalso increases urination (diuretic) and perspiration while loweringblood sugar. In the non-medical sphere, anamu has been employedwith good effect as a bat and insect repellant.
Deeply rooted, this perennial shrub reaches three feet inheight. Small greenish-white flowers appear on thin spikes thatrise above the dark green, leathery leaves. Although native to thetropical portions of the Western hemisphere, anamu has beensuccessfully transplanted to the African countries of Benin andNigeria, as well as to India.
Anamu is commercially available in the form of capsules andtinctures. Follow the recommended directions to enjoy thehealth-supporting benefits of this small but potent plant. As aword of caution, pregnant women should avoid this herb owing to itsuterus-stimulating potential.
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