GUINEA HEN weed, also known to South Americans as anamu, is a herb that is indigenous to tropical climate areas of the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. This amazing plant is also used to induce abortion in the Amazon rain forest. Its botanical/scientific name is Petiveria alliacea. In Jamaica, it has several names – guinea hen weed, guinea hen leaf, garlic weed, stink bush or gully root.

Anamu has a long history of use in all the countries where it grows and widely known by older folk. Herbalists have traditionally used anamu for a wide variety of ailments including arthritis, digestive disorders,  diabetes, cancer, pain relief and even to induce abortions for unwanted pregnancies.
Over the past quarter of a century, however, modern scientific researchers who studied anamu intensively have found that many biologically active compounds have been discovered in the plant. These include flavanoids, triterpenes, steroids, and sulfur compounds. The research published on anamu now validates many of the historical uses of this herb.Interestingly, the researchers found that of the 20 compounds isolated from the plant – several of which had never been identified in nature before – some were similar to compounds found in garlic, a plant known to have medicinal properties.Anamu disorganizes cancer cells – Laboratory investigations show that anamu retards the growth of several strains of cancer and leukemia cells.

In a plant screening program performed at the University of Illinois at Chicago, more than 1,400 plant extracts were evaluated for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Anamu was one of only 34 plants identified with active properties specifically against cancerous conditions.

How does anamu work against a cancerous condition?

Several phytochemicals in anamu like astilbin and dibenzyl trisulphide have been documented to directly disorganizes cancer cells. Research showed further that the compounds in anamu were able to differentiate between normal cells and cancer cells, transforming only the cancerous cells. In addition, other substances in the herb stimulate the body’s natural defenses as described below. Anamu supports the immune system as it has also been verified to have immuno-activation properties. It activates the immune system to increase its production of lymphocytes and natural killer cells – powerful disease-destroying cells. At the same time, it increases the production of interferon and interleukins – substances naturally produced by the immune system in dealing with dietary and metabolic acids that are at the root cause of ALL cancerous conditions and out-fections.Anamu buffers acids that cause out-fections – It demonstrates broad spectrum antimicrobial properties against numerous bacteria, fungi and yeast.

Health Benefits of Guinea Hen Weed       Guinea Hen Order Button

Reduces pain

Reduces spasms

Whole herb

Kills bacteria

Reduces anxiety

Kills cancer cells

Reduces fever

Kills fungi

Lowers blood sugar

Reduces inflammation

Kills insects

Kills leukemia cells


Promotes menstruation


Prevents tumors

Increases perspiration

Kills viruses

Expels worms

Kills Candida

Increases urination

Enhances immunity

Kills cancer cells

Stimulates the immune system

Combats infections


Relieves pain

Shrinks Prostate

Proven to lose weight

Reduces free radicals

Intelligent enough to not attack healthy cells!

Compounds in anamu directly disorganizes and/or inhibits the development or transformation of healthy cells into bacterial or fungal cells. Interestingly, many alternative medicine practitioners believe that so-called infection or better said, outfictions play a major role in many cancerous conditions. Anamu is widely used in folk medicine for buffering the acids that are the cause of all so-called infections. Anamu relieves pain by reducing dietary and/or metabolic acid – Its traditional use as a remedy for arthritis and rheumatism has been validated by clinical research that confirms its acid/pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effect. Researchers in Sweden demonstrated its COX-1 inhibitory properties (cyclooxogenase-1 inhibitors are a new class of popular and profitable arthritis drugs).

Anamu extracts have been found to relieve acid/pain and inflammation even when applied topically to the skin. The plant is proven to lower the acids in the blood called glucose/sugar. While anamu has not been widely researched for diabetes, it had been documented to lower blood sugar acid levels by more than 60 per cent in laboratory animals. This reflects herbal medical practice in Cuba where anamu has been used as an aid for diabetes for many years.

Contradictions to anamu

Anamu has been found to cause contractions of the uterus that can lead to abortions and miscarriages. As such, it should not be used by pregnant women or women who may become pregnant. Anamu contains a low concentration of a blood thinner called coumadin. People with any bleeding disorder like hemophilia or who are on blood thinning medication should consult their health-care provider before using anamu.

Directions for use

We recommend using organically grown anamu herb, free of insecticides, herbicides and other pollution.

One heaping tablespoon-ful of the whole powdered anamu plant is diffused in one litre of hot water. The resulting tea is drunk preferably on an empty stomach. An average dosage is four ounces (about half a cup) twice daily.

Reminder and Warning

Many persons are desperately looking for a quick fix – a magic bullet that will miraculously cure their acidic illnesses. The reality is that there is no quick fix. Like so many useful herbs, anamu will give best results when combined with optimal base nutrition, alkalizing nutritional supplements, exercise, acid detoxification, stress management and adequate restful sleep. It must be only a part of the pH Miracle healthy lifestyles and diet. It can also be used along with conventional medicines without disturbing their effects. If you have a serious medical condition, do not self medicate without the assistance and guidance of a qualified health practitioner.

Remember! Your Health Is Your Wealth!

Relevant Links
Jamaica Gleaner – Guinea Hen Weed – A Powerful Jamaican Herb
Jamaica Gleaner Article – Guinea Hen Weed Herb Hero
Cancer Treatment Complex Derived From Jamaican Guinea Hen Weed
Guinea Hen Flowers
Guinea Hen Weed Opinion Post (Older Article)
New Way to Fight Cancer – Guinea Hen Weed
Guinea Hen Herb – Basic Information
Two More Jamaican Herbs that Fights Cancer
The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs


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