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In 1570, Gabriel Soares de Souza, a European observer, first recorded that the Guarani Indians of Brazil were using jaborandi to treat mouth ulcers. In the 1630's two Dutch West Indian Company scientists documented other Brazilian Indians using it as a tonic or panacea for colds and flu, a remedy against gonorrhea and kidney stones and found that it was often used as an antidote to various poisons or toxins due to its ability to promote sweating, urination and salivation. The indigenous tribes prized the pronounced sweat-promoting properties of the plant particularly since they viewed sweating as a treatment in many diseases. The Indians also well knew of the plant’s ability to induce salivation; several tribes named the plant “slobber-mouth” in their own languages.

In folk medicine systems in the tropics where it grows jaborandi has been used as a natural remedy for epilepsy, convulsions, gonorrhea, fever, influenza, pneumonia, gastrointestinal inflammations, kidney disease, psoriasis, neurosis, and as an agent to promote sweating. In Brazil jaborandi has been used by herbalists for bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, diphtheria, grippe, laryngitis, renal insufficiency, hepatitis, diabetes, kidney diseases, edema and fever. An infusion or cold maceration of the leaves induces sweating within 10 minutes—as much as 9 to 15 ounces of sweat can be excreted from a single dose! Externally it is used as a hair tonic which is believed to open pores and clean hair follicles, prevent hair loss, and generally aid in the manageability of hair.