The wereque or wereke is a plant species of the cucurbitaceae family, originating in the Mexican state of Sonora. This plant grows like a vine with small yellow flowers and red fruits when ripe. It develops by climbing around trees, reaching around three meters.The root or tuber part of the wereque is used as a medicinal remedy. It has the measurements of a jicama or a beet, and is characterized by its concentrated and bitter taste, grayish coloration and size from regular to large. There is a long tradition that comes from pre-Hispanic civilizations and preserves it as a medicinal plant.Currently the wereque has become relevant, because it has hypoglycemic properties. The chemical activity that defines them is not fully known, so this plant continues to be analyzed.

What is the wereque for?

The wereque serves to:

  • Light analgesic effects, reducing the discomfort of gastritis
  • Antidiabetic or hypoglycemic effects, having a reactivity similar to that of sulfonylureas
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Treatments for heart problems
  • Treatments for rheumatism
  • Treatments against skin problems

How is the wereque used?

The traditional way to take advantage of it is to dry the root, then pulverize it and combine it in solution with water or alcohol. Only a few drops of this liquid mixture are taken , as the flavor of the wereque is very bitter.

Another way to assimilate the properties of this tuber is by eating it fresh in small pieces ; however, few people tolerate the experience of its taste.

In recent times, the most common way to take wereque is already processed, purified, and powdered into capsules, tablets, or syrup. Its commercial presentations take it pure or in combination with other herbs, among which are:

  • Bitter gourd
  • Cinnamon
  • Dandelion
  • Fenugreek
  • Nopal
  • Tronadora

The purpose of the studies and analyzes carried out in the wereque is to isolate its most relevant components , to produce them synthetically as drugs, and to reach people who cannot have contact with the plant in its natural state. In addition, this species is protected from overexploitation.

Wereque contraindications

Bulb of the wereque, widely used in capsules to control diabetes.

Due to its content of alkaloids and other potentially aggressive chemicals, wereque is not recommended for people like:

  • Pregnant women: for being an abortifacient and harmful plant for the mother.
  • Patients with stomach sensitivity: accidental excess of wereque is purgative and causes diarrhea.
  • Patients with hypoglycemia: the glucose levels in the blood of these people are low, so care must be taken when resorting to this plant, in case the undesirable effect of decompensation arises.
  • Young children: although the toxicity of wereque is minimal, a pediatrician should first be consulted for a diagnosis of the infant’s condition, and suggest a medication.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Patients: Studies suggest that the hypoglycemic properties of wereque do not fully work in patients with type 1 diabetes, as it requires a minimal amount of insulin to work.

This article is for informational purposes and is not a substitute for visiting the doctor.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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