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Guarana (Paullinia cupana)

Definition: Also known as Brazilian cocoa, guarana is a caffeine-containing herb which is used as an energy drink and natural stimulant. Guarana contains chemical compounds called xanthines which include caffeine, theobromine and theophylline.

Applications: Appetite suppressant, aphrodisiac, diarrhea, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, migraines, neuralgia and PMS.

Scientific Updates: Guarana is used for its stimulating properties and for its diuretic action. It is also considered antidiarrheic, and antifatigue. Its potential for treating migraine headaches is under current investigation.

Complementary Agents: Yerba mate, ginseng, gotu kola, kola nut and chickweed.

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