Plants and plant products have been used for thousands of years by humans to heal diseases. Plant compounds are natural medicines with great potency. Contribo figures in the list of powerful medicinal herbs which finds mention in both western and eastern ancient herbal medicine. Bush doctors still use it in Belize as a remedy for various illnesses.

Contribo herb, scientifically known as Aristolochia trilobata, is a perennial vine that is native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia Minor. It has rough peeling bark, flowers that have an unpleasant odour, and three-lobed green leaves. The herb has been traditionally used as an energy drink as it helps fight fatigue.

It is famous by various names such as


Treffle caraibe

vine of St.James, Birthwort

Calico vine

Bejuco de Santiago

Liana couresse

Pipe vegetale


Six sixty-six and

Dutch man’s pipe

It can be used on its own or combined with other herbs to treat several health conditions.

Contribo herb benefits

1. Beneficial Properties

The herb has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, analgesic, wound healing, and diaphoretic properties. The roots and aerial parts of the plant can be used for medicinal purposes.

2. Increases appetite

The herb is infamous for its ability to increase appetite by making a person feel hungry. Take a handful of the vine and chop them before putting them to boil in 3 cups of water for 10 minutes. Consume a quarter cup of this concoction twice a day to increase your appetite.

3. Treats fever

Apart from increasing appetite, you can drink the above concoction to bring down your fever. An infusion of the herb also helps combat cold and flu.

4. Cure for Snakebite

Crush and add Contribo root and sarsaparilla root to a quart of water. A victim of a snake bite can drink this water in large amounts to nullify the potency of the snake venom. However, you must visit a doctor immediately if a situation like this arise.

5. Natural Healer

The infusion of the herb in water helps treat ulcers, wounds, insect bites, skin infections, and scorpion stings.

6. Works as a Contraceptive

In Indian traditional medicine, it is used for contraception. Also, you can use the fresh juice of contribo root traditionally to induce labor. It also helps treat uterine disorders and induces menstruation.

Disclaimer: We do not recommend using the herb when you’re pregnant without the knowledge of your doctor.

7. Boosts the Immune System

If you consume the herb infused with water, it will considerably boost the immune system. Soak the herb in water for 24 hours and consume half a cup every week to boost your immunity. You can even consume the infusion to get an instant flow of energy. The herb also helps in detoxifying the body.

8. Other medicinal benefits

The herb has been famous to treat other health conditions like


kidney stones


mucus build-up

stomach ache






fluid retention


joint pain


flatulence and

irregular heartbeat

Ways to Include in the Diet

Dry and soak the vine in water or alcohol to relish it in the form of tea. You can also consume it with olive oil and honey. The herb is available in powder form too. The dosage is limited to 3.10g a day as a decoction and 1-2g a day as a powder.