The anamú is a natural plant from tropical America, specifically from the Amazon rainforest and the tropical areas of Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa. It has a strong smell of garlic, especially in the roots.
Called mucura, in the Peruvian Amazon, it has been used as a component of herb baths against sorcery. The natives of the place also use it to treat blood and vascular diseases.
This plant contains many active ingredients (triterpenes, beta-sitosterol, coumarin, etc.), the most interesting being the sulfur derivatives: benzyl-hydroxy-ethyl-trisulfite, dibenzyl-trisulfide, tritiolaniacin and D-pinitol (3-O-methyl) -chiroinositol) that exerts similar effects to insulin, decreasing glucose levels, acting via post-insulin receptor.
The plant is antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and vermifuge. The root is considered more powerful than the leaves and has anesthetic and analgesic properties.
Similarly, the anamu is an excellent stimulant of the immune system. It is also used for problems of menstruation, memory and as a local or anti-inflammatory analgesic in various skin conditions. In several studies it has shown to have properties that fight tumors.
It is recommended in cases of aphonia, cancer, inflammation, cystitis, rheumatism and parasitosis. It dissolves tumors, boils and abscesses. To relieve gums and avoid cavities, it is recommended to swish with this plant.
Due to its ability to stimulate uterine contractions it should not be used during pregnancy. Nor can people who take anticoagulants use it without professional supervision, this is because it contains a small amount of coumarin. People treated with insulin or with oral hypoglycaemic agents should consume this plant with caution, as it can potentiate hypoglycemia.