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Guinea Hen Weed – Anamu Benefits

By | October 25th, 2014 | Modified - July 17th, 2017
Guinea Hen Weed - Anamu Benefits
Guinea Hen Weed – Anamu Benefits

Guinea Hen Weed – Anamu Benefits

Guinea hen weed is a herb commonly used in Jamaica, and in South America its common name is anamu. The botanical name for the plant is petiveria alliacea and it grows commonly in Florida, Texas, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, and has been introduced to Africa.

Guinea hen weed has been used in traditional or herbal medicine for hundreds of years in these countries and its popularity has led to it being called by a wide variety of names including: apacin, apazote de zorro, congo root, garlic weed, guinea hen leaf, and gully root.

Guninea hen weed grows to about 3ft, has small green flowers, and the roots and leaves have a strong garlic smell, which is why it is also called garlic weed.

Guninea hen weed is used as a insect repellent because of its strong garlic smell, and its wide range of phytonutrients have led to it being used in traditional medicine to treat many ailments.

Guinea hen weed’s roots and leaves are used traditionally to make a tea, but the primary disease fighting compounds of found more in the root. The root’s primary disease fighting compounds are benzaldehyde, dibenzyl disulfide, dibenzyl trisulfide, and cis- and trans-stilbene. Other phytonutrients found in the plant include benzoic acid (root), benzyl 2-hydroxyethyl trisulphide (leaf), coumarin (root), isoarborinol, isoarborinol acetate, isoarborinol cinnamate, isothiocyanates (seed), polyphenols (leaf), senfol (leaf), tannins (leaf), and trithiolaniacine (root). [1]

Guinea Hen Weed Properties

The roots contain cysteine sulfoxide derivatives that serve as precursors of several thiosulfinates that exhibit antimicrobial activity.[2] Dibenzyl trisulfide has been found to kill cancer cells [3][4] and inhibit the reverse transcriptase enzyme of HIV-1.

Traditionally guinea hen weed or anamu has been used to fight colds, cough, pain, rheumatic pain, sinusitis, spasms, and anxiety. Guinea hen weed also kills bacteria, cancer cells, fungi, leukemia cells, viruses, and candida. It also expels worms, reduces fever, lowers blood sugar, reduces free radicals, and stimulates the immune system.

Women who are pregnant are recommended against using guinea hen weed because it can induce abortion. Women in Central America do use guinea hen weed to relieve birthing pains and facilitate easy childbirth.

Learn more about guinea hen weed and other herbs used in Dr. Sebi’s methodology and how to use them in my book Alkaline Herbal Medicine.

Learn About Foods That Support Health and Vitality on the Dr. Sebi Nutritional Guide »

1. “Petiveria alliacea”. Medicinal Plants for Livestock. Cornell University Department of Animal Science
2. Antibacterial and antifungal activity of sulfur-containing compounds from Petiveria alliacea”. Journal of Ethnopharmacology
3. A critical review of the therapeutic potential of dibenzyl trisulphide isolated from Petiveria alliacea L (guinea hen weed, anamu)
4. Jamaican Scientist Lands Blow In Cancer Fight
5. Guinea Hen Weed: A Powerful Jamaican Herb

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Aqiyl Aniys is the author of the books Alkaline Herbal Medicine, Alkaline Plant Based Diet and the children's book, Faith and Justice eat an Alkaline Plant Based Diet." He received a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and studied social work. He enjoys boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and his alkaline plant-based diet supports all that he does. Learn more about transitioning to an alkaline vegan diet using the Dr. Sebi nutritional guide.

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