Cancer Herb (Hierba del Cancer)

Cancer Herb (Hierba del Cancer)


Family: Euphorbiaccae
Genus: Acalypha, copperleaf
Species: Acalypha aryensis
Common Names: Hierba del gusano, Field copperleaf, gusanillo, gusanito, kill-worm, landslide, kitten, espinosilla, grass of the worm
Parts Used: leaves, entire plant



Documented Properties & Actions:

Teas and poltices are used as remedy for chronic skin conditions such as rashes, blisters, skin cancer, peeling skin, deep sores, ulcers, funguses, ringworm, inflamation, itching and burning of the labia in women.

An erect plant, up to 4 feet high; root stock tuberous; stem sub-woody at the base; Leaves ; flowers are oval shaped fuzzy pods. In Guatemala the plant blooms and fructifies all year.

This shrub, Cancer Herb (Hierba del Cancer) grows wild in open areas, roadsides in tropical areas.


Central Mexico: Mexico – Oaxaca, Veracruz

SOUTHERN AMERICA Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico – Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco; Nicaragua; Panama Caribbean: Dominica; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Trinidad and Tobago Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela Brazil: Brazil Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador – Los Rios, Napo, Sucumbios; Peru – Loreto, San Martin

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage:

Boil one entire plant Cancer Herb (Hierba del Cancer) in one quart of water for ten minutes,; strain and wash area with very hot infused water three times a day, Leaves may be fried and toasted then passed through a ccreen to make a powder to sprinkle on sores, skin infections, or boils. For stomach complaints or urinary infections, boil one entire plant in three cups of water for five minutes; drink three cups of warm decoction three times a day (1 cup before each meal), a poltice can also be made with dried powder and applied to skin leisions and open sores.




Dry powdered leaves applied to boils, dermatosis, infections and sores.
Boiled plant for blisters, infection, inflammation, ringworm, sores, and wounds.
Tea is used for stomach and urinary disorders


Funguses, dermatosis, bugbites, snake bites and venereal sores,rashes, infection, skin ulcers, burns, blisters, peeling skin, deep sores



Quoted References

United States Department of Agriculture; Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area; Germplasm Resources Information Network

Duke’s Handbook of Medicinal Plants of Latin America By James A. Duke

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, Rainforest Remedies ISBN-13: 9780914955139

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