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Seasonal Cure: 6 Reasons to Use Manayupa

by Naturopathes de La Boite à Grains 05 Jun 2024
Cure Saisonnière : 6 Raisons d’Utiliser la Manayupa - La Boite à Grains

The equinox has given way to the change of season. We're now in the shoulder season, the right time of year for a detox cure. Every spring and autumn, the body is more receptive to this kind of cure. And this time, we suggest using manayupa tea for a simple, gentle yet highly effective cure.  

Importance of the seasonal cure

The body, with its great wisdom and absolute perfection, has a system of self-regulation at all levels. This self-regulation preserves homeostasis, the balance of the internal system, which ensures that the body's normal functions are maintained. However, despite this capacity for self-regulation, the body may need a helping hand to eliminate excess waste and metabolic toxins that can clog up the organs of elimination.

Certain organs assist in the body's detoxification process. These are the emunctories, organs which act as outlets, assisting waste to flow out of the body.

The emunctory organs include :

  • Liver: detoxifies with bile;
  • Intestines: expel waste via stool;
  • Kidneys: excrete toxins and metabolites via urine;
  • Skin: secretes metabolites via perspiration;
  • The lungs: which expel toxins in gaseous form. 1,2

More than ever, it's essential to support the body's natural emunctories in their functions. Modern life, equipped with a panoply of toxic agents that were non-existent until recently, encumbers the organs of expulsion, which struggle to perform at peak efficiency.

Exposure to numerous pollutants, synthetic chemical compounds, the presence of heavy metals and the consumption of processed foods all negatively affect our natural detoxification systems, clogging them up. That's why seasonal cleansing, particularly in spring and autumn, revitalizes the body's emunctories and promotes homeostasis, the natural, optimal balance.

6 reasons to use manayupa for your seasonal cure

Visit manayupacalled Desmodium in Africa and Latin America, has been used for hundreds of years in traditional medicine. Its functions on the emunctories are astonishingThis is why it is used in detoxification cures. Here's why you too should use it for your next detox.

  1. Manayupa has impressive properties for the liver. Clinical studies have shown that manayupa supports liver health thanks to saponosides and alkaloids that act on hepatic function. Manayupa assists liver detoxification and stimulates the formation of new liver cells. So, in addition to detoxifying this important emunctory, manayupa ensures the maintenance and integrity of liver tissue, even in the presence of trauma to the liver, such as that caused by substance abuse, chemotherapy or hepatitis. 3
  1. Manayupa promotes good respiratory health. One of the greatest benefits of manayupa is its ability to support the body's respiratory functions. In fact, manayupa clears secretions and promotes emptying of the respiratory tract, especially the bronchi and sinuses. 4
  1. Manayupa is a perfect kidney tonic. Its diuretic properties are ideal for purifying the body and blood through the urinary tract. Manayupa also reduces kidney inflammation. This process accelerates the elimination of metabolic waste products, including uric acid, which is expelled via the urine.
  1. Manayupa cleanses the intestines for optimal digestive health. In West Africa, manayupa is used to promote a healthy intestinal tract, ensuring elimination and detoxification of the body via the stool. This effect is probably due to manayupa's stimulating impact on bile, which in turn promotes better intestinal transit.
  1. Manayupa is an excellent anti-inflammatory. The antiphlogistic properties of manayupa help restore homeostasis by combating inflammation. Chronic inflammation depletes the body's reserves and acidifies the organism, harming overall well-being. Any detoxification cure must include an anti-inflammatory component to bring the body back into homeostatic balance.
  1. Manayupa offers a safe, effective and pleasant cure. The benefits of manayupa have been proven in numerous clinical studies, and its safe consumption has few or no side effects. However, as a precautionary measure, pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid it, as it is an abortifacient plant. Unlike many bitter herbal cures, which are unpleasant to consume, the manayupa cure is simple to perform. Manayupa is generally taken as an herbal tea or decoction (see chart below). The cure thus takes the form of a daily ritual that regenerates not only the body via its therapeutic properties, but also the mind by offering a moment of calm and relaxation around a medicinal herbal tea. Three infusions a day for 6 weeks will help you derive maximum benefit from manayupa. Refer to this chart for recommended dosage. 5,6

 Manayupa infusion

Pour boiling water over the dried parts of the plant and let the infusion stand for ten minutes before drinking.

 Manayupa decoction

Place 10 grams of dried plant in a liter of boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes, filter and drink the same day.

Thanks to manayupayour seasonal cure is almost complete. All that remains is to complete the manayupa cure with long baths in the Epsom salt with a skin scrubto stimulate this last emunctory.

We wish you good health!

About the author

Naturopaths of La Boite à Grains

Team of licensed and certified naturopaths (ND) in Gatineau, Outaouais.

Original article written by Véronique Cousineau, Naturopath


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