Medicinal Properties of Monkey Cane

Monkey cane is a medicinal plant, also known as Canarana, purple cane or swamp cane, used to treat menstrual or kidney problems, as it has astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and tonic properties, for example.

The scientific name of the Cana-de-Macaco isCostus spicatus and can be found in some health food stores or drugstores.

What is the cane of monkey

Cane-of-Monkey has an astringent, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, depurative, diuretic, emollient, sweat and tonic action, and can be used to assist in the treatment of various situations, such as:

  • Kidney stones;
  • Menstrual changes;
  • Sexually transmitted infections;
  • Back pain;
  • Rheumatic pain;
  • Difficulty urinating;
  • Hernia;
  • Swelling;
  • Inflammation in the urethra;
  • Ulcers;
  • Urinary infections.

In addition, cane can be used to treat muscle pain, bruising and help in the weight loss process, it is important that its use is guided by a doctor or herbalist.

Monkey Cane Tea

The leaves, barks and stems of the Monkey Cane can be used, however the tea and leaves are usually used to make the tea.


  • 20 g of leaves;
  • 20 g of stem;
  • 1 liter of boiling water.

Preparation mode

Place the leaves and stems in 1 liter of boiling water and leave for about 10 minutes. Then strain and drink the tea 4 to 5 times a day.

Side effects and contraindications

Monkey cane is not associated with side effects, however its excessive or prolonged use can result in kidney damage, since it has diuretic properties. For this reason, it is important that the consumption of the plant is done according to the guidance of the doctor or herbalist.

In addition, pregnant women and breastfeeding women should not consume tea or any other product that is made with this plant.