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Carqueja (Baccharis spp.)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Asteraceae (family), Baccharis genistelloides, Baccharis trimera, Bolivian plant extracts, clerodane diterpene, Compositae (family), echinocystic acid, rutin, quimsa-kuchu (Bolivia), quina-de-condamiana, quinsu, saponins.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Carqueja (Baccharis trimera) is a shrub-like perennial plant that is native to South America. In Brazil carqueja has been popularly used to treat liver diseases, rheumatism, and diabetes. Preliminary animal studies show that certain extracts of carqueja may reduce high levels of serum glucose (1;2). However, there is insufficient available evidence in humans to support the use of carqueja for any indication.

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References

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