Bissy herb is a good medicinal beverage and tonic

Bissy medicinal herb, Jamaican bizzy

Bissy (Cola acuminatais) medicinal herb is native to tropical West Africa and Nigeria.  It was introduced to Latin America and it is now grown in the Caribbean.  It is of the family, Sterculiaceae and it is an effective antidote for poisons.  This is specifically known in Jamaica because of its effectiveness against poison.  This is another excellent alternative medicine on the herbs list.

In Jamaica it is believed that it came to the country from the Guinea Coast and was cultivated very close to Guanaboa by a man whose name is Mr. Goffe.

The common names are Kola nut, Cola nut, Bissey nut, Bitchy, Bizzy, Guru nut Soudan coffee as well as Colero. The main part used as herbal medicine is the dry nut which is also referred to as the seed.  It has the same effects as caffeine and one of its primary use is as a stimulant, especially for the heart. However, it is believed that approximately two percent of caffeine as well as a minute quantity of bromine may be found in it.  The medicinal properties are stimulant, diuretic, tannic acid, starch and bromine.

Commercially it is sold in the markets and grocery stores in Jamaica for easy access to this wonderful miracle herb. It is especially loved by the elderly people who seek at all times to have it in their possessions. They love to share their experience with this herb and they feel it is a remedy for most ailments.

Health benefits of bissy herb

This herb was able to sustain me until I reached a medical doctor due to poisoning by pineapple fruit. This might really sound strange and unbelievable, but it did happen to me. This was the first time I realized that a person could be poisoned by pineapple fruit. This can happen if a person is hungry at the time of eating the fruit.  Bizzy may have completely cured me from the poisoning, but to be on the safe side my mother took me to the doctor the following morning.

In regards to its other health benefits, it is extremely effective due to its high tannic acid component. The dried bissy nut is made up of forty-six percent starch. It also contains sucrose, glucose, caffeine, fats, tannin as well as gum.

It is a good herbal remedy for menstrual cramps, headache, gout, rheumatism, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, nerve problems and indigestion. It is also useful to purify the blood, treat eye inflammation, ease headaches, fight fatigue as well as depression.

To alleviate hunger, some people just add bizzy to some country style chocolate and consumed until hunger strikes again.

Jamaicans have found it to be helpful with the treatment of Chikungunya virus which is transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito.


Preparation of this medicinal herb is very easy. The dried nut is grated, then it is boiled, strained and consumed. This may be sweetened with honey or brown sugar. There are those who love to mix it with a touch of rum. The grated nut can also be used as a poultice for cuts and bruises.

In regards to the leaves, they can be soaked in water for a few hours and then utilized the water by washing bloodshot eyes as well as other eye conditions. You may also want to read kola nut for added information.

Dosage: Use one teaspoonful of the grated bissy powder to a cup of boiling water.

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Updated July 12, 2019


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