What is Macafem?
Macafem (Lepidium meyenii) is a plant that originates from the Andean mountains in Perú and has been used for centuries because of its nutritional and medicinal benefits. Native Peruvians have long believed that Macafem herb can restore hormone balance, as well as boost energy, strength and libido.
Today this herb is popular in South America, North America, and Europe, and is used by women to treat the various symptoms of menopause. Macafem is also considered a safe alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
More information about Macafem´s history can be found below.
Background and History of Macafem
Macafem is an annual plant that has been harvested for centuries by Perú´s ancient civilizations for both food and medicine. Peruvians have long believed that Macafem can help increase energy and stamina, reduce stress, restore hormone balance, and act as a sexual stimulant for both men and women. It´s reported that Incan warriors used to eat Macafem before battles in order to gain energy and power.
The Macafem herb remains part of the staple diet of many Peruvians and is prepared and eaten in various ways, but traditionally it is cooked. Today this herb is also commonly used as supplements such as a liquid, tablet or powder. Keep reading to find out where the name Macafem comes from.
Macafem Etymology (Name Origins)
Macafem (Lepidium meyenii) belongs to the Brassicaceae plant family. While there is limited information about its name origins, Pulgar Vidal claims that it is derived from the Chibcha language: MA meaning ´origin from heights´ and CA meaning ´food that strengthens the body´.
Macafem is also commonly known as Lepidium meyenii, it´s Latin name. Botanists often use the name "peruvianum" and consider this a more accurate description of the plant species. The Macafem herb has numerous names and synonyms, which are explained in more detail below.
Different Names of Macafem (Synonyms)
Macafem is known by various names and many of these are derived from its Spanish and Quechua origins. Macafem´s different names include:
. Ayak chichira
. Ayak willku, Ayuk willku
. Peruvian ginseng
. Lepidium peruvianum
How Does Macafem Grow?
The Macafem herb grows in altitudes of approximately 4,500 meters and can survive extreme weather conditions such as frost, unlike many other plants. It is typically grown in soil that is rich in essential amino and fatty acids, and minerals, which might explain its multiple health benefits.
Macafem is related to the radish and turnip and grows in the same way. Native Peruvians continue to grow Macafem in the traditional manner, that is, without chemicals or pesticides. In the right conditions, Macafem seeds can sprout within five days. Planting is typically carried out from April to July and harvesting takes place around nine months later. Read on to find out what the Macafem herb looks like.
What Does Macafem Look Like?
In Perú, the Macafem root is classed as a fruit because part of it grows above the ground. Macafem has ruffled leaves that form a rosette shape on top of the soil. Its flowers are an off-white color and are self-fertile. The Macafem plant does not sprout flowers or fruits in its first year.
Macafem has an inverted pear-shaped body and its root comes in many different shapes including triangular, circular, spherical and rectangular. Its color varies between white, yellow, red, grey, and purple. Cream colored roots are the most commonly grown and are popular in Perú because of their size and sweetness. Black Macafem is believed to be particularly beneficial in providing energy and it has both a sweet and bitter taste.
Conclusions about Macafem
The Macafem herb works as an adaptogen, meaning it adapts to the needs of the person taking it, according to their age or sex. With its vast health benefits Macafem supplements can boost energy, strength and libido, and it can also restore hormone balance.
Macafem is considered a risk-free alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) because it helps the body to produce hormones naturally. Macafem & phytoestrogenic herbs differ because Macafem has no side effects and does not introduce external hormones into the body like phytoestrogenic herbs do. No risks from this herb have been reported.
Now that Macafem has been explained, please read the next section to better understand how Macafem works.
Which herb should women try?
Today women are looking for relief from their menopause symptoms with herbs. Phytoestrogenic herbs and non-estrogenic herbs are good in relieving menopause symptoms, but recent studies show that non-estrogenic herbs have no side effects because they help the body to produce its own hormones instead of introducing hormones like the phytoestrogenic ones. Learn more about non-estrogenic herbs