Sunday, January 18, 2009
Gully root or anamu, it has been identified to reduce pain, kills bacteria, fungi, viruses and cancer cells, prevents tumours, lowers blood sugar and expels worms. The standard dosage in capsule form is 1-3g daily.
The root is thought to be more potent than the leaves. The Caribs in Guatemala crush the root and inhale it for sinusitis. In an in vitro study by Italian researchers in 1990, water extracts revealed that it retarded the growth of leukaemia and lymphoma cancer cells. A study published in 2001 indicated that anamu retarded the growth of brain cancer cells and liver cancer.
The standard dose for adults is the whole herb infused in a half cup of boiling water and taken two to three times daily.