Also indexed as:Larrea tridentata
Chaparral: Main Image © Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Larrea tridentata

Parts Used & Where Grown

Chaparral takes its name from the area in which it grows, the desert regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico known as the chaparral ecosystem. The leaves and stems of this ancient plant are used as medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Cold Sores
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In traditional herbal medicine, tinctures of various herbs including chaparral have been applied topically to herpes outbreaks in order to promote healing.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
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People in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico have long used chaparral tea to help calm upset stomachs.
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Chaparral is an herb that directly attack microbes.
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Chaparral has been historically used in some cultures as a way to detoxify and eliminate parasites.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Chaparral has anti-inflammatory effects and has a long history of use in treating joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis.
Wound Healing
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Chaparral has been used topically to decrease inflammation, and pain, and promote healing of minor wounds.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Chaparral has been used for thousands of years by Native Americans for a variety of purposes. It has been employed primarily in tea form to help with cramping pains, joint pains, and allergic problems, as well as to eliminate parasites.1, 2 Externally it has been applied to reduce inflammation and pain, and to promote healing of minor wounds.3

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