Cha De Bugre

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What other names is Cha De Bugre known by?

Bois d'ine, Brazilian Diet Pill, Bugrinho, Cafe de Bugre, Café de la Forêt, Café des Bois, Cafe do Mato, Cafezinho, Cha-de-Negro-Mina, Chá de Bugre, Cha de Frade, Claraiba, Coffee of the Woods, Coquelicot, Cordia ecalyculata, Cordia salicifolia, Grao-do-Porco, Laranjeira-do-Mato, Louro-Salgueiro, Louro-Mole, Pilule Amincissante Brésilienne, Porangaba, Rabugem.

What is Cha De Bugre?

Cha de Bugre is a tree that is native to Brazil and can also be found in the tropical forests of Paraguay and Argentina. The tree produces a red fruit that looks a lot like a coffee bean. This fruit is often roasted and brewed into a tea as a substitute for coffee. One of its names is "cafe do mato" or "coffee of the woods."

Cha de Bugre is a popular weight loss aid in Brazil and is a common ingredient in "Brazilian diet pills" that are also becoming popular in North America. Some of these "Brazilian diet pills" are also thought to contain prescription amphetamines and tranquilizers.

Cha de Bugre is also used to treat cellulite, cough, fluid retention (edema), gout, cancer, herpes, viral infections, fever, and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It is also used as a general tonic to improve blood circulation and heart function.

Some people apply Cha de Bugre directly to the skin for wound healing.

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Cha de Bugre for these uses.

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How does Cha De Bugre work?

Some people think Cha de Bugre decreases appetite, but there is no scientific evidence that this is true. There is not enough known about Cha de Bugre to know how it might work for any medical use.

Are there safety concerns?

There is not enough known about Cha de Bugre to know if there are any safety concerns or if it is safe to take.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Cha de Bugre during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Lithium
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Cha de Bugre might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking Cha de Bugre might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing considerations for Cha De Bugre.

The appropriate dose of Cha de Bugre depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Cha de Bugre. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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