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Alternative Names

Bacanta, Caclia Doce, Cacalia Amara, Cacalia-Amargosa, Cacalia-Amarga, Carqueja Amara, Cacliadoce, Carqueja-Do-Mato, Carqueja-Amargosa, Carquejinha, Carquejilla, Chirca Melosa, Chinchimani, Cuchi-Cuchi and Condamina, Quinsu-Cucho , Quina-De-Condamiana, Quimsa-Kuchu, Tres-Espigas, Tiririca-De-Balaio, Vassoura

Scientific Name

Baccharis Gaudichaudiana

Why Do People Use Carqueja?

Oral - The oral preparations of Baccharis gaudichaudiana (Carqueja), like carqueja powder, are utilized for the cure of a number ailments that include as an anthelmintic, as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, laxative, antacid, antiviral, antioxidant, diuretic and aphrodisiac. Further oral purposes of carqueja powder are to prevent ulcers, protect the liver, aid digestion, purify the blood, induce abortion reduce fever, diabetes, to treat angina, renal disease, obesity and to cure poor blood circulation. Topical - Some topical uses of carqueja are to treatment of wounds and skin ulceration.

Is It Safe To Use?

The safety of Baccharis gaudichaudiana can’t be determined with absolute certainty since there is lack of relevant information in this regard. For Lactating and Pregnant Women - Such women should avoid the use of carqueja as there is no clinical data available in this regard.

How Effective Is Carqueja?

There is lack of authentic information to rate the effectiveness of carqueja powder for aforementioned purposes.

How Carqueja Works?

The most effective parts of Baccharis gaudichaudiana are its aerial parts. Carqueja powder consists of several active ingredients like terpenes rutin, saponins and flavonoid. According to some initial researches, carqueja extract has analgesic and antiarthritic effects. Carqueja seems to inhibit production of cyclooxygenase (COX). It may also have hepatoprotective effects and antioxidant activities. Other clinical experiments suggest that carqueja powder may have triglyceride-lowering and hypoglycemic effects. Carqueja extract also appears to have vasorelaxant impacts likely through blocking activity of calcium channel. Researches also propose that a diterpenoid concentrate of carqueja may have anti-venom activity and may be useful in the treatment of snakebite. According to some preliminary clinical trials, carqueja powder may have antiviral and antibacterial action.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Carqueja?

Side effect due to usage of carqueja are yet not reported. However, Baccharis gaudichaudiana may be responsible for allergic reactions in those people who are sensitive to the plants belonging to the Compositae/ Asteraceae family. The plant members of this family include chrysanthemums, daisies, ragweed, marigolds, feverfew and many other plants.

How Carqueja Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Supplements & Herbs with Hypoglycemic Potential Carqueja may lower level of blood glucose in human body and may have additive impacts when utilized with different supplements and herbs that possess hypoglycemic impacts. This may enhance the danger of hypoglycemia in some cases. Some supplements and herbs with hypoglycemic impacts include bitter melon, alpha-lipoic acid, devil's claw, chromium, garlic, fenugreek, Siberian ginseng, horse chestnut, guar gum, psyllium, Panax ginseng and others herbs.

How Carqueja Interacts With Drugs?

Antidiabetes Drugs - Interaction rating of antidiabetic drugs and carqueja powder is moderate so be careful of this combination. Baccharis gaudichaudiana, when interacts with antidiabetic drugs, may show additive effects in some patients. Level of blood glucose should also be monitored carefully for those patients who are at the increased risk of developing hypoglycemia. Some of the antidiabetic drugs include glyburide (Micronase), glimepiride (Amaryl), metformin (Glucophage), insulin, rosiglitazone (Avandia), pioglitazone (Actos) and others drugs also.

How Carqueja Interacts With Foods?

There are no known interactions of carqueja powder with food items.

How Carqueja Interacts With Lab Tests?

Blood Glucose - Baccharis gaudichaudiana may be responsible for the lowering level of blood glucose and test results in those patients who are suffering from type two diabetes.

How Carqueja Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Cross-Allergenicity - In some cases allergic reactions have been reported due to carqueja powder particularly in some patients who are sensitive to the members of Compositae / Asteraceae family of plants. This plant family include members like hrysanthemums, ragweed, daisies, marigolds, feverfew and others. Diabetes - Carqueja powder may be responsible for lowering level of glucose, especially when it is utilized along with antidiabetes drugs. Concomitant use of carqueja and antidiabetic drugs may show additive effects in susceptible individuals. This may also enhance the potential risks of hypoglycemia. Surgery - Carqueja powder may decrease the level of blood glucose and may alter the control of blood glucose after and during surgical procedures. So, such patient are advised to stop using carqueja minimum two weeks before their elective surgical procedures.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Carqueja?

No specific dose.



General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet is a copy of COA less the batch or lot number. Specification sheet presented or this product can be out dated and should only be considered as a guide to common information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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