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Polypodium leucotomos, Calahuala

What is Calaguala?

Calaguala is a medicinal plant used to treat skin diseases and digestive disorders.

South America contains many plant species known for millennia, including the Incas, for their health properties.

This is the case of calaguala, an epiphytic medicinal plant that is especially known for its beneficial action on skin diseases (such as acne or psoriasis) and digestive disorders.


The origins and characteristics of the calaguala

Calaguala (Polypodium leucotomos) is a plant of the family Polydiaceae. Its name comes from the Quechua dialect, an ancestral Peruvian language that has existed since the Inca era. It is also found under the name Calahuala or Kallawala.

The calaguala is a plant known as an epiphyte, meaning that it does not grow directly on the ground but uses other plants as a support. However, it is not a parasitic plant because it does not live at the expense of the rocks, plants, branches or bark on which it grows. It is mainly found in tropical and semi-tropical America, especially in El Salvador, a Central American republic.
The calaguala likes hot climates. It grows mainly in forests and mountains, especially in rocky areas and on oak trees in this region of the world, in a wild way. It can be found between 500 and 1800 meters above sea level. The calaguala is also found in the Peruvian Andes at more than 3,000 meters above sea level.

The calaguala is mainly used for its medicinal functions especially in Central America, between Mexico and South America. It is the extract of the plant, also called calaguala, that is used therapeutically. Its many health benefits have made it the ideal ally to treat various types of ailments particularly:
– Psoriasis
– Eczema

– Vitiligo
– Bronchitis
– Colds
– Breathing problems
– Intestinal problems
– Skin problems.

Calaguala strengthens your immune system and allows you to be more resistant to certain pathologies. It is mainly its functions on the skin and the digestive system that we are interested in here.

Skin disorders

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Vitiligo
  • Dermatitis
  • Skin problems
  • Skin ageing due to sun exposure

Therapeutic Properties also for

  • Colds
  • Respiratory problems
  • Intestinal problems
  • Digestive problems
Antioxidant properties
detoxifying properties
active principle : adenosine

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Treating skin diseases with calaguala

Calaguala is a medicinal plant that will wage war on all your skin problems, from shingles to acne and psoriasis.

Many people suffer from a variety of skin diseases that ruin their lives. Unsightly, sometimes painful, even contagious, skin diseases actually refer to many pathologies such as acne, psoriasis or eczema.

Used for thousands of years, the Incas used to use the stems and roots of calaguala to rebalance the skin. It would then calm the attacks, reduce itching and especially prevent the appearance of new outbreaks. Calaguala was generally used as an infusion or poultice to treat these ailments.

It is therefore a very interesting product today to treat dermal disorders or help to space out attacks.

Calaguala for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic type of skin disease characterized by the appearance of thick, dry, red patches of skin in several areas of the body. These plaques appear in flare-ups: they appear and disappear spontaneously. It is a begenin pathology but very disabling for those who suffer from it: the skin is itchy and the red patches are particularly unsightly.

The appearance of psoriasis is linked to excessive proliferation of skin cells: the epidermal cells reproduce too quickly. Although the causes of its appearance are still poorly documented, often the genetic terrain is favoured.

Other more serious forms exist such as guttate psoriasis or reverse psoriasis.

Calaguala for Eczema

Eczema is one of the most common skin diseases. It can be allergic, acute or chronic. The disease progresses in flare-ups. It is characterized by red patches, sometimes very painful itching, crusting, blistering and dry skin. Often, the allergic terrain goes hand in hand with eczema.

While eczema starts at a very young age, some people develop it later, especially in the case of contact eczema, which can occur, as its name suggests, when they come into contact with certain substances such as household products, detergents, certain metals or cosmetics.

Here again, medicinal treatments, in particular dermatological creams based on cortisones, are prescribed in the event of an attack. However, these only treat the inflammation and do not prevent new attacks from occurring. Also, we realize that some patients will become accustomed to these treatments, which then become less and less effective when the attacks appear.

This is why calaguala can be a natural alternative to all these ailments.

Calaguala for Acne

Acne is a skin disease that mainly affects teenagers, although some adults and children may also show signs of it.

Acne is an inflammation of the pilosebaceous follicle. The sebaceous gland at the base of each hair secretes sebum naturally. Sometimes the pilosebaceous follicle can become blocked because too much or too thick sebum is produced, which is what causes acne. Once blocked, an easily recognizable white pimple forms. Acne can affect several areas of the body: the face, of course, but also the back, arms or chest. There are many causes of acne.

There are several types of acne:
– retentional acne: the skin tends to shine, the pores dilate, white pimples called microcysts as well as blackheads (or blackheads) are visible on the surface of the skin.
– Inflammatory acne: due to microbial proliferation in white pimples and blackheads.
– Cystic acne: it causes inflammatory lesions that can eventually lead to scarring.

To treat acne, several treatments are possible, combined with a healthy lifestyle and skin hygiene. Dermatologists often prescribe local treatment, but antibiotics or hormones can also be prescribed in the most serious cases.

However, these treatments are not without consequences for your health. Many scandals about acne treatments have been exposed, so today it is important to prefer natural treatments that will rebalance your skin and fight blemishes naturally.

Calaguala is one of its natural solutions effective against acne.

Improve your digestion with calaguala

The phenomenon of digestion is a natural process that allows the food we eat to be divided into several small molecules of nutrients to be absorbed by our body to provide it with the energy it needs for its daily activities.

However, while this phenomenon is completely natural and spontaneous, many people today suffer from occasional or frequent digestive problems. These problems may be linked to parasites, a weak intestinal flora, insufficient fibre intake, a poorly or unbalanced diet or even the lazy bowel syndrome.

These pathologies can be expressed in different ways: bloating, gas, stomach bitterness, constipation or diarrhoea, etc. These symptoms are mostly not serious, but they do have an impact on the daily life of the people concerned. Also, if they are not treated, they can lead to more serious pathologies.

Of course, medical treatments exist. However, they sometimes do much more harm than good, disrupting the intestinal flora. Also, no treatment will be effective in the long run if it is not coupled with a change in diet and a better lifestyle.

Everybody encounters digestive problems in the course of his or her life. Preventing them with a natural remedy is now possible. Calaguala will help you to improve your digestion and soothe your stomach.

Its properties on the stomach have been known for thousands of years in Central America and especially by the Incas. Calaguala was used as an infusion or decoction to treat diarrhea, stomach aches, constipation or gastritis.

Calaguala has a detoxifying function on the stomach. It will help to eliminate toxins, cleaning the colon. Thanks to its depurative functions, you will feel healthier. Your body is cleansed from the inside.

Calaguala is also a natural anti-inflammatory. Thus it soothes your stomach.

Calaguala also has many other functions. It helps to treat respiratory problems (asthma, cough etc.), heart problems, rheumatism, diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, kidney problems (e.g. stones) or venereal diseases. It purifies the blood and strengthens the immune system.

Calaguala is therefore the ally of your health.

How to use Calaguala


Calaguala is often presented as a dietary supplement in the form of a liquid extract.
Do not exceed the daily dose of 15 milliliters.

It is also available in capsules with different dosages. Please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Take care to respect the recommended dosages.

Calaguala Contraindication and advice

Avoid taking if you suffer from serious stomach-related conditions. When in doubt and before taking, always seek the advice of your doctor.

Also avoid taking if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.