Cana do Brejo - Costus spp.
Cana do Brejo - Costus spp.

Cana do Brejo - Costus spp.

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Use Cana do Brejo tea along with STD treatment

Cana Do Brejo - Costus spp.

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Stem, Leaf


The herbaceous plant of Brazilian origin, Monkey- billed (Costus spicatus Sw., Costaceae) , appears more in the brejeiras regions and has several beneficial properties for the health of the people. Formerly the caboclos used it for aches, edema and bruises. It is also known as cane-do-brejo, cana-branca, cana-do-mato, caatinga, pacová, etc. It has an upright stem, up to 2 meters high and light green in color, its leaves are spiraled, invaginating and have flowers of various colors, in terminal spike. In natural medicine, the parts of the cane used are the stem and the leaves.

The aerial parts of the plant are rich in glycosylated flavonoids (eg tamarixetine 3- O -nene-hesperidoside, 3- O -nene-hesperidoside canniform and quercetin 3- O -hesperidoside). Other substances found in cane include: organic acids, phenolic compounds, mucilages, pectin, essential oils, resins, sapogenins, saponins, β-sitosterol, albuminoid substances and tannins. Its cultivation should be done in moist soils and rich in organic material.

Health benefits:

The Monkey cane has diuretic and depurative action and can be used in the treatment of kidney problems, inflammation and to resolve cases of cystitis. The plant is indicated for cases of venereal diseases, as is the case of syphilis, menstrual disorders, leukorrhea and gonorrhea.

Another recommendation for the use of cane brejo is in the prevention of arteriosclerosis, classified as being a degenerative disease that can have quite serious consequences. It also acts in the treatment of dropsy and gonorrhea, as well as anemia, hernias and fever.

When combined with balanced diets and the practice of physical exercise, the use of cane brejo also helps in the process of slimming, due to its diuretic action.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Amenorrhea
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Kidney stones
  • Cancer
  • Cystitis
  • Discharge
  • Contractions (use poultice)
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Venereal diseases (drink juice)
  • Back pain
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Nephritic pain (treat with the infusion)
  • Hernia (treat with poultice)
  • Hydrops
  • Swelling (treat with poultice)
  • Inflammation
  • Heart failure
  • Leukorrhea (treat with decoction)
  • Bladder problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Rheumatism
  • Syphilis
  • Urethritis
  • Ulcer
  • Certain tumors


  1. Add 2 tbsp of herb to a quart of water
  2. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes from the moment it starts to boil
  3. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes
  4. Strain and is ready for use

How to Drink:

Take 3 to 4 cups a day.


Before using the plant to aid in any treatment, it is important that the doctor is consulted. Only he has the ability to enter the consumption of the herb for clinical purposes. Excessive intake can lead to some health problems. Pregnant or lactating women should not consume cane tea unless it is prescribed by the physician.