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Common name: Turi
Spanish common name: Cuajilote
Additional common names Mexico: Cuachilote, Chote, Guetoxiga, Kat,
Aztec name: Quauhxilotl
Scientific name: Parmentiera edulis
Botanical characteristics and
habitat: Tree of the lower deciduous forests of the Mexican states of
Morelos, Guerrero, Michoacan, Oaxaca and Puebla. It reaches
heights of 13 to 30 feet (4 to 9 meters); its stem is thick and woody with
many branches; each leaf is divided into five light green leaflets; leaves are
winged and sessile and there are two thorns at each leaf base. Its flowers are
solitary or clustered; they are greenish cream in color and grow directly from
the stem or on the tips of the branches. Fruits are 8 to 12 inches long (20 to
30 cm) and look like greenish-yellow cucumbers. The fruit is juicy and has a
Properties: Anti diabetic, hydrops,
Uses in traditional medicine: Turi has been part of the
traditional medicine pharmacopoeia of indigenous Mexican communities since
ancient times. Its Nahuatl name means "tree with corn-shaped fruit"
Its Latin scientific name comes from the military
pharmacist Parmentier, who was responsible for introducing the potato in
France. This plant is used in Mexico for kidney ailments, kidney stones,
urinary tract infections, colds, inflammation of the outer ear, cough and
The flowers may be infused with other plants and are used
for respiratory problems accompanied by cough. This plant is classified as
cold and moist.
Cuajilote Properties Favored by
Useful against Renal Diseases, Dropsy, Gastric
Indigestion, Cold's, and Inflammation of the Outer Ear that could
lead to Deafness.
Aztec Method of Use
Drink Daily the
Brew made from 50 grams of Cuajilote Leaves to 1 Liter of Water.
Ear Inflammation: Soak a Cotton ball in the mixture described above and
insert into the Ear Canal.
Precautions & Contradictions:
There are no cases of serious human toxic reactions known due to the traditional
therapeutic use of this plant. Consult your doctor.
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This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use
as a substitute for standard medical treatments.
Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently
if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion.
We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products
without prior consultation with your physician or other natural plant products professional.
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