The bark from this massive canopy tree can be used either for a decoction or a tincture, and has been used by many indigenous Amazon tribes for hundreds of years. It can be found growing canopy-height in rainforest regions of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
Chuchuhuasi can be used in two ways: it can be combined as a synergist with other medicinal plants, or it can be used on its own to treat a variety of illnesses. It is considered to be an excellent remedy for rheumatism and arthritis, and can be used to relieve all manner of general aches and pains, from muscle soreness to menstrual pain. When the chuchuhuasi bark is combined with sugarcane rum, it is also often sold as a popular jungle drink.