Maytenus laevis (Chuchuhuasi)
Maytenus laevis or Chuchuhuasi is a tree native to western Amazonia. The roots, leaves and bark are traditionally used by various ethnic groups as a muscle relaxant, sexual stimulant, analgesic, insect repellent and immune-stimulant.
Chuchuhuasi tinture may also be used as a remedy for menstrual cycle imbalances and adrenal fatigue as well as a treatment for backaches, arthritis and rheumatism.
Chuchuhuasi is known to break up and disperses lactic acid and has antioxidant properties. In addition, it enhances the immunological system, revitalizes the nervous tissue and is good for rheumatics and arthritis as it has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Chuchuhuasi is an enormous canopy tree of the Amazon rainforest that grows to 30 m high. It has large leaves (10-30 cm), small, white flowers, and extremely tough, heavy, reddish-brown bark. Several botanical names have been given to this species of tree. It is referenced as Maytenus krukovii, M. ebenifolia, M. laevis, and M. macrocarpa; all botanical names refer to the same tree. Chuchuhausi is indigenous to the tropical rainforests of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.