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The Medicinal Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

We wish you peace and health!


Scientific Names


  • Piper angustifolium L.

Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Matico is a tall shrub; dried matico leaves are available from herb dealers.
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Where Found

Found in Peru
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, diuretic, stimulant, styptic, tonic
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Matico leaves are used internally for diarrhea and for respiratory complaints. Externally, the powdered leaves used for wounds and cuts to stop bleeding; also as a mouthwash. Peruvians have faith in matico as an aphrodisiac.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: use 1 tsp. leaves with 1 cup water. Take 1 to 2 cups per day.
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How Sold

Dried matico leaves are available from herb dealers.
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Buy It! American Folk Medicine, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

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