Cipó São João - Pyrostegia venusta
Cipó São João - Pyrostegia venusta

Cipó São João - Pyrostegia venusta

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Cipó São João can be use a diarrhea treatment

Cipó São João - Pyrostegia venusta

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Stem, Leaf


The São João cipó is a climbing plant very used in the ornamentation Junina, generally found in all Brazil, produces many inflorescences, full of small elongated and orange flowers. It is an interesting plant, because it adapts to grow in any environment, being present in walls and other constructions.

Its cultivation gives itself in regular fertile soil, always to the full sun and multiplies by seeds and by cutting. Originally from South America, the plant has greater abundance in the states of Ceará and Rio Grande do Sul, which indicates some contrariness of climates, but shows that the plant is really adaptable and occurs in any climate. Of woody aspect, the plant can be easily found in roads, ravines and fences, because it prefers to develop in the heights to only later fall in clusters of flowers, that begin to develop in the month of May until September, with small variations by state. The adult plant can reach up to 4 meters in length, its leaves are composed of 3 leaflets and a tendril, are rough and opposite, in tone of dark green. In addition to the ornamental value that adds several other names to the plant such as red cipó, flor-de-são-joão.

Health benefits:

Studies have confirmed the presence of steroids, tannins and allantoin in the flowers, roots and leaves of the São João cipó.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Vitiligo
  • Weakness
  • Leukodystrophies


  1. Infuse 3 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 2 to 3 times a day.


In general, it is always good to be very careful when deciding to make use of natural medicines. However, care should be redoubled when the plant chosen is Cipó São João, as there are cases of poisoning of animals (cattle) after their ingestion. The toxicity of the plant is probably given as a function of the glycoside pyrostegine contained in its chemical composition. To avoid high risks, seek a doctor who specializes in natural treatments and ask about the possibility of using this plant to treat the problem that afflicts you. It should analyze the problem and indicate the right dosage for you.