Medicinal Uses of Stevia in Different Countries

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Stevia rebaudiana, called stevia is one plant of the Stevia family. There is said to be about 150 plants in the family, however, Stevia rebaudiana is most sought after due to its comparatively higher level of sweetness.

While the focus is on using stevia as a sweetener, it was, and still is also used by local people (in areas where it grows naturally) as a medicinal plant. The table below is a summary of some of those uses.

Ethnomedicinal uses of stevia in different countries
BrazilUsually used for cavities, depression, diabetes, fatigue, heart support, hypertension, hyperglycemia, infections, obesity, sweet cravings, tonic, urinary insufficiency, wounds
South AmericaDiabetes, hypertension, infections, obesity
United StatesCandida, diabetes, hypertension, hyperglycemia, infections, and as a vasodilator



Nutritional and therapeutic values of Stevia rebaudiana: A reviewEna Gupta, Shalini Purwar, Shanthy Sundaram and G. K. Rai

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