Chaparral is prepared from the leaves of the evergreen desert shrub known as creosote bush (Larrea divaricata, subspecies tridentata), which is found in the southwestern United States and Mexico.
Native Americans for have used this herb for centuries to treat various conditions such as respiratory illness, chickenpox, snakebite and arthritis pain.
Chaparral extracts have multiple active ingredients, the most prominent being nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), which has potent antioxidant properties.
Chaparral has been prepared as a botanical in pill forms as well as in salves for topical application and concentrated extracts to be brewed into tea.
As a botanical extract, chaparral has claims to have multiple beneficial effects as a free radical scavenger and useful for weight loss, liver wellness, cleansing of blood, improving immunity (cancer, HIV infection) and treating skin disorders. Chaparral is also claimed to delay aging and aid in wellbeing.
This herb is not intended, to diagnose, treat or cure
Pregnancy and breast-feeding while using Chaparral is UNSAFE. It can cause serious liver and kidney problems. Don’t use products containing chaparral. Liver disease: Chaparral may make liver disease worse.