Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) Overview, Health Benefits, Side effects

Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) Overview, Health Benefits, Side effects


Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) Overview


Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) other names : Amor-do-campo , Amor Seco , Barba de Boi , Beggar-lice , Burbur , Hard Man , Hard Stick , Manayupa , Margarita , Mundubirana , Mundurana , Pega Pega , Strong Back , Tick-clover.

Manayupa is a flowering plant belonging to the Desmodium genus, which is a member of Fabaceae family (also known as the bean family). There are several dozen plants in Desmodium genus and the delimitation of this genus has changed significantly over time.

Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) Overview, Health Benefits, Side effects
Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) plant


Manayupa (scientific name Desmodium Adscendens) has its origin in the equatorial regions, especially in Africa and South America. However, the manayupa herb is more widespread in the tropical coastal areas of Africa, where they are found growing in the wild.

Manayupa is a perennially growing weedy herb. The manayupa usually reaches a maximum height of 3 feet and bears oval leaves that appear alternately. In Suriname, manayupa is a very common, native weed found growing naturally in yards and the length of roads. The manayupa bears small green hued beans in pods measuring anything between 1 inch and 1 1/2 inches. The pods of Manayupa are muggy, while the flowers of manayupa are small and their color may vary from light purple to pink.

Some plants of this species bear large or bright flowers. While some manayupa plants can grow to become sizeable, most of them are herbs or simply small shrubs. The fruits of manayupa are loments by nature. In other words, each seed of the manayupa fruit is dispersed separately while remaining encircled in its section. This is one reason why these plants are considered obstinate. In fact, a number of species of Desmodium genus are believed to be weeds by people in several regions where the plants grow naturally. Nevertheless, these plants have various uses. The modest appearance of these plants does not usually manifest their uses.

Traditional healers in Africa use manayupa for treating a variety of liver problems, such as jaundice, or toxic or viral hepatitis. Manayupa is also used for treating damaged liver. On the other hand, people in Venezuela used Desmodium for treating epilepsy. Only the aerial parts of manayupa, such as the leaves, stems and flowers, are used for therapeutic purposes.

Manayupa plants are often found in places at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. However, these plants are mostly found growing naturally at altitudes between 3,000 meters and 4,000 meters above sea level in the mountainous regions of Peru in Latin America.


Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) Health Benefits


Manayupa has several applications in the medicine systems of the regions where the plant is native. People in those places have been traditionally using the manayupa herb for treating a variety of health conditions including asthma, allergies, malaria, inflammation, gastritis, parasites, viruses, kidney stones, and in the form of a blood purifier and also as a sedative.

In the herbal medicine of Peru people prepare a tea with manayupa leaves and drink it to purify their blood. In addition, they also use the manayupa herb to detoxify the body and eliminate all environmental chemicals and toxins, to cleanse the urinary tract, alleviate headaches, inflammation and pain as well as to ease kidney stress. The manayupa leaf tea is also employed to cure problems related to the ovary, for instance irritation and inflammation, hemorrhages and vaginal discharges.

Drinking manayupa tea in small doses or amounts may prove to be highly effective. At the same time, no adverse or toxic effect of drinking this leaf infusion tea has been reported thus far. A number of native tribes are of the belief that manayupa possesses magical powers. As a result, they often administer this herb to a lover who no longer seems to be interested in his/ her mate with a view to rekindle the old relationship.

Even in the present times, the tribal population in the tropical regions where manayupa is found growing naturally continues to use this herb in the same manner as their ancestors to treat various health conditions afflicting them. The worth of the manayupa herb as well as its therapeutic uses have remained unchanged for them. Some inhabitants of the Amazon region prepare a tea with the leaves of this herb and this infusion is used to bathe the breasts of women after childbirth with a view to augment their breast milk production. Some other tribes in the region pound the leaves and add lime juice to it to prepare a paste, which is applied directly to wounds to heal them as well as prevent the injuries from being infected. In addition, the tea prepared from manayupa leaves is also employed for curing convulsions as well as venereal sores. This tea or infusion has also been used traditionally to treat diarrhea and malaria, in addition to curing venereal diseases. It is also used in the form of a digestive tonic.

Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) Overview, Health Benefits, Side effects
Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) fruits


Currently, scientists are examining the effectiveness of manayupa in treating asthma. This is primarily owing to the fact that the shamans and herbalists have been traditionally and successfully using this herb to treat asthma since long. They claim that manayupa is highly effective in treating this respiratory problem.

Manayupa offers several therapeutic benefits and, hence, has a number of applications, especially by the native populations where the plant grows in the wild. Manayupa is said to be effective in treating all types of inflammatory conditions, as it works by enhancing the functioning of the kidneys. At the same time, Manayupa promotes urine flow and acts as a diuretic. Manayupa is also effective in getting rid of all waste deposits in the urinary tract. In addition, Manayupa is used by people in South America to treat conditions related to every kind of inflammation, primarily owing to the plant’s anti-allergic and anti-asthma properties.

In the traditional medicine of Suriname, manayupa is used for treating constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, bronchial asthma, liver dysfunctions, and malaria, problems related to the urinary system and also for curing chronic and severe hepatitis. In Belize, people prepare an infusion by soaking the whole herb in rum for a day and drink the infusion for alleviating back pain.

This herb is also beneficial for people enduring nervousness and fatigue. Manayupa also helps to regulate the liver and is used for treating several hepatic conditions. Manayupa is especially beneficial for treating hepatitis and gallbladder infections. Manayupa possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-infective properties.

It is said that manayupa also helps to speed up fat metabolism, thereby is beneficial for people undergoing weight loss treatments.


Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) Side effects


Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) Overview, Health Benefits, Side effects
Manayupa (Desmodium Adscendens) flower

Manayupa is commercially available in a variety of forms including the dry herb, tincture, capsule, extract and others. It has been established that this herb is non-toxic. However, when taken in elevated doses, Manayupa can produce laxative effect. Hence, it is advisable that you check with your therapist or herbalist before you start taking manayupa. They are the best persons to decide whether this herb is suitable for your use and also determine the correct dosage for you.