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Guarana - N.F. V.; B.P.C.

Brazilian Cocoa.
Dried paste consisting chiefly of crushed seeds of Paulinia Cupana, Kunth (P. sorbilis, Martius), Sapindaceae, contains not less than 4% caffeine. N.F.
Habitat: Brazil
Constituents: Caffeine (25%- 5%, B.P.C.); tannin; resin; volat. oil; saponin; starch; fat.
Action: Antineuralgic; Astringent; Stimulant; Tonic; Nervine
Uses: Headache, chronic diarrhea & nervous affections.

- p. 252, Merck's Index: Fourth Edition (1930)

The use of guarana- which the Indians regard as a gift from the gods- is said to have been discovered by the Amazonian Sateré-Mawé tribe and to have a tradition dating back thousand of years. A drink made of water and the ground fruits of the guarana vine was originally consumed by shamans so that they could acquire secret knowledge. Many Indians use guarana drinks, which they call "elixir of eternal youth," as a hunting drug. The Amazonian Indians have known of the plant and its stimulating products for centuries...

Many Indians of the Amazon esteem guarana as an aphrodisiac. In the region of the Peruvian Amazon, the subspecies- sorbillis - especially is regarded as an aphrodisiac. Apart from this, the plant is used primarily as a remedy fo intestinal diseases. Guarana also finds use in folk medicine for treating menstrual pains, difficulties with digestion, conditions of weakness, diarrhea and fever.

In phytotherapy and alternative medicine, guarana has been found to be effective primarily as an antidepressant, to treat "coffee addition", for migraines, and for chronic fatigue syndrome...

Guarana is the strongest of all caffeine drugs. It is some three times stronger than coffee and eight times as potent as maté.

- pp. 418- 420, The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Enthopharmacy and Its Applications by Christian Rätsch (1998)

Look up Guarana in Merck's Index: Fourth Edition (1930)

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