MAQUI (Aristotelia chilensis (Molina) Stuntz)

Description

Aristotelia chilensis, known as maqui or Chilean wineberry, a member of the family Elaeocarpaceae family, is a plant native to South America in the Valdivian temperate rainforests of Chile and adjacent regions of southern Argentina.

Maqui is a small dioecious tree, which reaches a height of 4-5 m, always green, with a divided trunk that has a smooth detachable bark in its intimate parts. Its branches are abundant, thin and flexible. Its leaves are simple, opposite, hanging, oval-lanceolate, naked and coriaceous, with serrated edges.

When A. chilensis flowers at the end of spring, the white flowers are unisexual and small. The small berries that form are approximately 4 to 6 millimeters in diameter and have two or three seeds per berry.

Part used

Maqui berries and leaves have long been used in the traditional native herbal medicine by Mapuche Indians to treat different ailments. In addition, maqui berry juice is now used as an ingredient in many healthy drinks.

Indications

Leaves

> Burns and wound healing.

> Throat diseases.

> Diarrhea.

> Analgesic properties.

Berries

> Astringent effect.

> Antioxidant properties.

> Enhances immune system.

> Improves the quality of eye and the quality of tears.

> Fights inflammation.

> Aids blood sugar control.

> Promotes a healthy gut.

> Helps digestions.


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