Pareira. Pareira brava.

Synonyms—Pareira Root, Pareira Brava.

Starch, gum, tannin, and a very small quantity of an alkaloid, which was first obtained in 1838, by Wiggers. Subsequently an alkaloid has been obtained from the root which is thought to be identical with beberine of the nectandra. This has been called Pellosine.


The remedy is used in infusion; dose, from two to four drams.
The tincture of the bark and the fluid extract. The dose of the tincture is from one to ten drops.

Specific Symptomatology—This remedy is of value in the treatment of chronic diseases of the kidneys or bladder, where the urine is scanty, and contains a large quantity of the earthy salts, or urates. Where with these irritating substances there is ulceration of the kidneys or bladder.

Therapy—Irritation, frequent desire to urinate, and pain in the organs during urination are relieved by this remedy. It is thought to be useful, especially in chronic inflammations of the urinary passages.

Pyelitis, pyelonephritis, and cystitis, with large. secretion of pus and mucus are benefited by it. It should be used in mild infusion, in the treatment of phosphaturia, or the condition sometimes known as phosphatic diabetes. It is a good auxiliary remedy in the treatment of all forms of lithemia.

The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
It was scanned by Michael Moore for the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.