Picrasma Excelsa | Jamaican Bitter Wood
Bitter Wood has got quite a number of medicinal uses. One of the notable medicinal uses of Picrasma Excelsa is in the strengthening of the digestive systems. While the herb can be used to strengthen the digestive system as a precautionary measure, it is commonly used to strengthen weak digestive systems. Besides strengthening of the system, it also helps in treating quite a number of illnesses of the digestive system. Bitter wood does this by boosting the bile flow in the system and increasing the secretion of salivary juices and stomach acids which are crucial in combating a variety of illnesses of the gut.
Still on the digestive system, Picrasma Excelsa is also used to treat or control and correct abnormal feeding habits such as anorexia and poor appetite. The herb can also be used to remedy convalescent debility. Using the herb has been observed to help in boosting digestion as well as the appetite of an individual.
Research done on the Bitter Wood have also revealed that the herb can also be used in the treatment of malaria. The studies attribute its potency for this to its bitterness. The bitterness is said to be effective in treatment of other fevers as well.
Some sources indicate that Bitter Wood is a powerful deworming agent that can be used to get rid of various worms. It has been proven that nematode worms are among the worms that can be gotten rid of from the body using the herb. It is fast and effective in doing this and will clear the body of nematode worms in a considerably short period of time. It also works effectively against thread worm among a plethora of other parasites.
How to Use Picrasma Excelsa (Bitter Wood)
For digestive system strengthening and other internal medicinal purposes, prepare a brew of the plant’s bark and ensure that it is taken regularly.
Place two cups of water in pot, then put one piece of bitter wood in the pot. Let water come to a complete boil, then leave bitter wood in boiling water for about 7 minutes. Drink bitter wood tea hot or let bitters completely cool down then drink. Bitter wood tea can be placed in the fridge over night up to two weeks. If water tastes sour please discard.
Bitter wood is also known as Jamaican Quassia
Quassia is a plant. The wood is used as medicine. Quassia is used for treating an eating disorder called anorexia, indigestion, constipation, and fever. It is also used to rid the intestines of various kinds of worms; as a tonic or purgative; and as a mouthwash. Some people apply quassia directly to the scalp for lice. Rectally, quassia is used for treating worm infestations. Manufacturing, quassia is used to flavor foods, beverages, lozenges, and laxatives. The bark and wood have been used as an insecticide.
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