Guava (Phytolacca decandra)

branches of the Phytolacca decandra branch with black fruits

Did you know there is a plant that in North America grows on the side of the roads and what is widely used as a remedy against different types of disorders and ailments?

This is the Phytolacca decandra, which in addition to being very beautiful to have as an ornamental plant in our garden, thanks to its beautiful colors, it can also be beneficial for your health, if you use it properly.

Features Phytolacca decandra

fruits that come out of the branches of the Phytolacca decandra

La Phytolacca decandra is a plant that comes from the family of Phytolaccaceae and has its origin in North America, where it usually grows in places that are abandoned, in addition to on the side of the roads and in places that show a certain level of humidity.

This is a plant that can reach approximately 3 meters in height and it is characterized by its perennial root in an important size. Among the characteristics of the plant, it can be said that it is fleshy in style and has a large number of small roots and roots.

In the same way its stem is presented, which you will see that it is leafy branched and hollow inside. Its leaves are very large on the plant, reaching about 10 centimeters long by 5cm wide and appear alternately, with an oval-lanceloated shape.

On the back, of un tone somewhat lighter than on the front, you can see the ribs well marked. Its flowers are what gives it a very particular ornamental appearance, which is why they are usually planted in gardens for this purpose.

These They are present in large numbers and their shades vary between white and pink., grouping in clusters that are in opposite position to the leaves. These flowers have sepals instead of petals and have a lighter green color.

The fruits can be confused with those of blackberries, since it is a berry very similar to this aforementioned fruit, with a red color also very similar, which will change color during its maturation process, to become increasingly dark until it reaches black and that is where the seeds are contained.


One of the most important factors, which causes that there are different crops of this plant beyond the ornamental reason, is that This has been shown to be effective for different types of homeopathic treatments.

Among the properties that can be listed it is known that its consumption can be very good as a metabolism accelerator, but it also has properties that can be very beneficial for bone pain of all kinds that are part of chronic rheumatism and for pharyngotonsillitis, among others.


Among an infinity of treatments in which this plant is used, we can list the following:

Gynecological-type disorders

Women often have very painful menstrual periods and this can have to do with many factors. It is known that the remedies made with guava, relieve all kinds of premenstrual syndromes and their conditions, among which are nervousness, headache and breast swelling.

Rheumatic diseases

By containing anti-inflammatory properties, it is used as an effective treatment method for the reduction of all kinds of diseases rheumatic. But of course, containing this property, it will also be used to treat other types of pain, such as chronic muscle pain and some other diseases that can arise in our bones.

For children

bunch of fruits of the Phytolacca decandra

The painful teething processes in children can be treated with guava, as well as treating fever and reducing it. For their part, the mothers of these children, in times of breastfeeding, in the event that they lack milk, this plant will be of great help.

If you did not know the Phytolacca decandra or it went unnoticed on the side of the roads, now you know it has many properties that make it a powerful and healthy plant to treat different problems.

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