Camu Camu

What other names is Camu Camu known by?

Araca d'agua, Araza de Agua, Cacari, Camo Camo, Camocamo, Camu-Camu, Camu-camu Negro, Guapuro Blanco, Myrciaria dubia, Myrciaria paraensis, Psidium dubium, Rumberry.

What is Camu Camu?

Camu camu is a shrub that grows in swampy or flooded areas of the Amazon rain forests of Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. The fruit and leaves are used as a medicine.

Camu camu is used for viral infections including herpes, cold sores, shingles, and the common cold. It is also used for eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma. Other uses include treatment of asthma, "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis), chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, gum disease (gingivitis), headaches, and osteoarthritis.

Some people use camu camu to increase energy and maintain healthy gums, eyes, and skin; and as an antioxidant and immune system stimulant.

People eat the fruit as food.

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of camu camu for these uses.

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