Synonyms: Tynnathus panurensis, Clove vine
A large vine that grows high into the canopy of the Amazon rainfor- est, clavo huasca gets its name (“clove vine” in Spanish) from the clove smell given off by the trunk, leaves, and tiny white owers that sprout from the plant. Clavo Huasca is a very popular herbal remedy throughout South America and the world, known princi- pally for being an aphrodisiac for both men and women, and a folk remedy for men’s impotence. One famous concoction involving the root is known as “Rompe Calzon”, which translates roughly in Spanish to “Bust Your Britches”.
Clavo huasca is known to be effective in several other applica- tions, as well. Given its analgesic properties, a tincture made from the vine is commonly used to relieve pain from rheumatism and arthritis, muscle aches, and even fever. The sap from the plant’s root can be used to sooth toothaches. It is sometimes included
as part of the traditional ayahuasca brew, due to its ability to sooth the stomach and regulate the digestive properties. Since aya- huasca is known to induce strong vomiting, diarrhea, and over- whelming nausea, clavo huasca can be employed to counteract or soften these effects.