Contribo herb, scientifically known as Aristolochia trilobata, is a perennial vine that is native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia Minor. Also found in Jamaica, our Contribo has a rough peeling bark, flowers that have an unpleasant odour, and three-lobed green leaves. The herb has been traditionally used as an energy drink as it helps fight fatigue. It can be used on its own or combined with other herbs to treat several health conditions.
Contribo herb benefits
1. Beneficial Properties
The herb has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, analgesic, wound healing, and diaphoretic properties. The roots and aerial parts of the plant can be used for medicinal purposes.
2. Increases appetite
The herb is infamous for its ability to increase appetite by making a person feel hungry. Take a handful of the vine and chop them before putting them to boil in 3 cups of water for 10 minutes. Consume a quarter cup of this concoction twice a day to increase your appetite.
3. Treats fever
Apart from increasing appetite, you can drink the above concoction to bring down your fever. An infusion of the herb also helps combat cold and flu.
4. Cure for Snakebite
Crush and add Contribo root and sarsaparilla root to a quart of water. A victim of a snake bite can drink this water in large amounts to nullify the potency of the snake venom. However, you must visit a doctor immediately if a situation like this arise.
5. Natural Healer
The infusion of the herb in water helps treat ulcers, wounds, insect bites, skin infections, and scorpion stings.
6. Works as a Contraceptive
In Indian traditional medicine, it is used for contraception. Also, you can use the fresh juice of contribo root traditionally to induce labor. It also helps treat uterine disorders and induces menstruation.
Disclaimer: We do not recommend using the herb when you’re pregnant without the knowledge of your doctor.
7. Boosts the Immune System
If you consume the herb infused with water, it will considerably boost the immune system. Soak the herb in water for 24 hours and consume half a cup every week to boost your immunity. You can even consume the infusion to get an instant flow of energy. The herb also helps in detoxifying the body.
8. Other medicinal benefits
The herb has been famous to treat other health conditions like
- kidney stones
- mucus build-up
- stomach ache
- fluid retention
- joint pain
- flatulence and
- irregular heartbeat
Ways to Include in the Diet
Dry and soak the vine in water or alcohol to relish it in the form of tea. You can also consume it with olive oil and honey. The herb is available in powder form too. The dosage is limited to 3.10g a day as a decoction and 1-2g a day as a powder.
Contribo herb should be strictly used as per the dosage advised by locals who have experience and knowledge about this herb. You should use it for short periods in small quantities. Contribo also contains aristolochic acid, which can cause kidney damage and cancer. The US FDA warns of this potential side effect in any plant product which contains this acid. Many countries across the world have banned this herb. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume Contribo.