Common names:

Bidens,  Bidens pilosa, Picato Preto, Carrapicho, Spanish needles, Beggarticks, Demon spike grass, Needle grass.

Traditional uses of Bidens pilosa:

Bidens pilosa has the following properties:

  • antibacterial with a broad spectrum of activity, both against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including action against Bartonella, Chlamydia pneumoniae and Mycoplasma,
  • antiprotozoal, including against Babesia,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • protective against oxidative damage to erythrocytes (red blood cells),
  • immunomodulatory – increases immunity in case of weakened immune system function and reduces in case of autoimmune disorders,
  • hepatoprotective
  • neuroprotective,
  • protective against mucous membranes
  • anticoagulants.



Bidens pilosa cannot be used by pregnant women and during lactation.Bidens pilosa can enhance the effects of tetracycline. It should not be used together with diabetes medications and anticoagulants.

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