Botanical Bust Enhancement: Research, Guide

Chuchuhuasi; Gnikélé

Picture of Maytenus obtusifolia flowers on branch

Chuchuhuasi, Chuchuhuasha, Chuchuaso and Gnikélé are common names within the genus of Maytenus used in traditional medicine. Studies have shown Maytenus' medicinal values for soothing nerve responses and for menstruation, as consistent with traditional use.

Etymology

Picture of Maytenus senegalensis (Gnikélé) flowers on branch

Chuchuhuasi describes the species of Maytenus macrocarpa and possibly other species of Maytenus from the Amazon rainforest. Chuchuhuasha or Chuchuaso is the common name of Maytenus laevis. Gnikélé is the name of Maytenus senegalensis which is from the African continent.

The genus of Maytenus (Maytenus Spp.) was formerly recognized as Gymnosporia (Spp.).

Anti-cancer property

Research has shown that the chemical pristimern from species of Maytenus slows the spread of breast cancer.

Use for menstrual cramps

Picture of Maytenus rothiana flowers on branch Picture of Maytenus distichophylla tree trunk

Maytenus has anti-inflamatory, anti-spasm and pain relieving properties that assist with menstrual cramp pain (dysmenorrhea). This effect was shown in Gnikélé (Maytenus senegalensis) for its pain-relieving and anti-inflamatory effects. Maytenus rigida specifically demonstrated an anti-spasm effect. These effects seem common generally amongst species of Maytenus, as of how its use is described throughout traditional medicine.

The parts of Maytenus plants that are used are its bark and root.

Alternatives for menstrual cramps

Also useful for reducing menstrual cramps are of the Viburnum genus: Cramp Bark (V. opulus) and Black Haw (V. prunifolium).

While Maytenus (Chuchuhuasi) and Viburnum species alleviate symptoms of menstrual cramps, there are other herbs that typically lower heavy menstruation. Such herbs usually have prolactin or progesterone qualities and they include hops, asparagus (Shatavari) and kudzu (Pueraria).

Precautions

Herbal concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in dry form. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 2 drops at a time diluted in a carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil) or water.

For more, see precautions.

More

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