Sucupira - Bowdichia Virgilioides
Sucupira - Bowdichia Virgilioides
Sucupira - Bowdichia Virgilioides

Sucupira - Bowdichia Virgilioides

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Sucupira Anti Inflammatory Tea

Sucupira - Bowdichia Virgilioides

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Seeds


The white sucupira is also known as Fava de Santo Inácio, supupira-do-campo, sucupira-branca, cutiúba, faveiro, sebipira, paracarana, fava-de-sucupira, sebepira, sapupira and macanaíba. Its scientific name is Pterodon emarginatus.

In Brazil, this plant is most widely found in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and Goiás. The plant does well on drier, sandy terrains and supports the sun well. Its flowering takes place between September and October and its fruits around June and July. It is widely used in event decorations and in the forestation of squares and streets. But it is not only the flowers that are used, their seeds are also quite exploited by the cosmetics industry and herbal medicine.

Indigenous people used to use the plant through teas or drinking, and currently the tea consumption of this plant is becoming popular every day and scientific studies have already proven the benefits that sucupira-branca extract provides to health. The plant has medicinal properties that help in the treatment of arthrosis and rheumatism, alleviating the pain caused by these diseases.

Health benefits:

Studies indicate that the oil of sucupira seeds has antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, tonic, stimulant, antirheumatic and anticarcinogenic properties. According to published studies, the presence of flavonoids and certain proteins in the sucupira seed composition has positive effects on reducing pain, especially in cases of arthritis and rheumatism.

In addition, these studies also point to the presence of antioxidants, which fight free radicals, and the bronchodilator action of the tree. It is also investigated the action of the sucupira seed in the treatment of cases of parasitic diseases, such as Chagas disease. Sucupira seed extract is indicated for people who suffer from cases of bone pain, such as spine problems (disc herniations), parrot beaks, arthritis, rheumatism and joint pain in general.

Some researchers also recommend the use of white sucupira for people with prostate tumor. This is due to the presence of flavonoids, saponins, coumarins, steroids and triterpenes in their composition. The seed also has beta-caryophyllene considered useful to relieve inflammation and with antibiotic, antioxidant and anesthetic action.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Excess uric acid
  • Gonorrhea
  • Tonsillitis
  • Diabetes
  • Hemorrhages
  • Worms
  • Dermatoses
  • Inflammations
  • Sore throat
  • Rheumatism
  • Syphilis
  • Cysts in the ovaries and uterus


  1. Wash the seeds well and break them
  2. Use 6 seeds for a liter and a half of water
  3. Boil for 10 minutes
  4. After cooling, store in refrigerator

How to Drink:

Drink as water

Sucupira tea should be drunk throughout the day, ideally up to a pint and a half, drunk gradually, every three hours and ingesting water at intervals.


Sucupira is contraindicated for pregnant women, infants and children under 12 years of age, and should be used sparingly by people with kidney or liver problems.