Carrapicho - Desmodium adscendens
Carrapicho - Desmodium adscendens

Carrapicho - Desmodium adscendens

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Potent Natural Muscle Relaxant and liver detox with Carrapicho tea

Carrapicho - Desmodium adscendens

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Stem, Leaf


Also known as picão and picão preto, the tortoise is an herb very well known in Brazil, whose scientific name is Desmodium adscendens. In 2009, this plant was recognized as beneficial and of use in phytotherapy by the Ministry of Health of Brazil.

It also has some similar species and belongs to the leguminosae family. The plant, small and creeping, is perennial and stoloniferous, and has branches that can reach 50 cm in length. Its flowers are pink in color and are small, and its fruit is shaped like pods that are known as burr or sticks because they stick easily to the clothes and hair of those who pass by.

Health benefits:

It can be used in the treatment of scurvy and to improve elevated levels of liver enzymes. It also acts in the fight against allergies and helps clear the airways by treating persistent coughs after influenza and aiding in the treatment of snoring. It is a powerful muscle relaxant and is very indicated, therefore, for the treatment of back pain. It works better than analgesics because it has no side effects.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibiotic, anti-bacterial and astringent action. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Abscesses
  • Colic
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Worms
  • Indigestion
  • Hypertension
  • Wounds
  • Acts as cicatrizing
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Dysentery
  • Tonsillitis
  • Canker sores
  • Cutaneous affections
  • Toothaches
  • Headaches
  • Diabetes


  1. Infuse 2 tablespoon of herb in a liter of boiling water
  2. Turn off the heat and set aside for 10 minutes
  3. Strain and drink

How to drink:

Take 3 to 4 times a day.


Although contraindications and precautions of use have not been found, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before consuming any medicine, even if natural.