Herbs From Peru



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The herbs listed below were ethically wild-crafted and/or semi-cultivated. No fertilizers, pesticides nor irradiation were used. The soil is DDT negative. 

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Note: There are many sites on the world web pages describing all different usage and properties of different species or the same species with different name, from South America.
There are plenty of info and printed papers published in Europe on European sites in English as well as in French, German, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, there are also plenty of info on Far East sites in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, etc. Many curious and open minded people from around the world are researching the proprieties of Botanical Species from South America.  They believe there is more to it, than just an old tradition, or custom, or superstitions of the local Natives.
You just need to know the proper Latin Name and go search via European Search Engines.
Below
you may find some info, gathered from our Suppliers, Natives; from Peru, Mexico, Brasil, Ecuador, and Colombia, form Shamans, Curanderos, Media, Articles, Friends, Patents, etc, summarizing: from "Nature's Wisdom". 

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Below are some information about some of the species - herbs - you may select from Short List and jump to description.
Short List
1.- ABUTA   (Abutta officinalis); A. grandifolia (Mart.) Sandwith. Menispermaceae. “Abuta”,”Motelo sanango”,”Trompetero sacha”. 
2.- ACHIOTE LEAF (Bixa orellana); "ANNATTO", ”Achote”, “Achote amarillo”. 
3.- AGRACEJ (Berberis vulgaris)  Berberis sp.: Wild. Berberidaceas. ”Agracejo”, “agracillo”,  ”berbero”, ”puchka-puchka”.
4.- AJOS SACHA ( Mansoa alliacea ) (Lam) : A. Gentry. Bignoniaceae “Ajo sacha”, “Boens”, “Nia boens”, “Wild garlic”. 
5.- AJOS KIRO or AJOS CASPI (Cordia alliodora) (R.&P) : Cham. Boraginaceae.”Aņallo caspi), “Laurel”,”ajos quiro”, ”Clammy cherry”.
6- ALCANFOR SACHA BARK (Zanthoxylum caribaeum) Lamarck,: Rutaceaes. ”Alcanfor sacha”, “raya caspi”.
7.- ALGARROBO FRUIT (Prosopis pallida); P. Chilensis (Lam): Stuntz. Prosopis juliflora. Fabaceae.”Algarrobo”.
8.- ALTAMISA /MARCO or AJENJO
(Ambrosia peruviana) Willd: Asteraceae. ”Altamisa”, ”Marco”, ”Marquito”, ”Peruvian ragweed
9.- AMASISA (Erythrina fusca): Lour. Fabaceae. ”Amasisa”, ”Gallito”, ”Swamp immortelle”.
      
ANAMU see MUCURA
10.- AMOR SECO (Desmondium adscendens):  L. Asteraceae ,”Amor seco”, “Cadillo”, “Chilca”, “Isha sheta rao”, ”Pacunga”,  ”Pirco”, ”Dried love”.
11.- ASMACHILCA (Eupatorium triplinerve syn. Aristeguietia gayana,Eupatorium ayapana, Wedd. King &Rob.: Asteraceaes. ”Asmachilca”,  “asnac”.
12.- ARNICA  (Senecio pseudotites) Griseb: Asteraceaes. ”Arnica”, ”maicha”, ”ramilla”.
13.- ATADIJO (Trema micrantha) L.: Blume.Ulmaceae. ”Atadijo”.
14.- BALSAMINA (Impatiens balsamina) Momordica balsimina L.: ”Balsamina”, ”Balsam apple"
15.- BOLAINA or MUTAMBA BARK'S (Guazuma ulmifolia) Lam.: Sterculiaceae.”Bolaina” Atadijo, “West Indian elm”. 
16.- BOBINSANA o QUINILLA BLANCA LEAF Calliandra angustifolia) Spruce.: Mimosaceas. ”Bobinsana”, ”bobensane”, ”quinilla blanca”. 
17.- CAIHUA (Cyclanthera pedata) L. Schrad.: Curcubitaceae. ”Caigua”. 
18.- CALAGUALA (Polypodium pycnocarpum) P. decumanum  Wild: Polypodiaceae. ”Calaguala”, “Huayhuashi-shupa”.
19.- CARAPA (Carapa guianensis) Aublet.:Meliaceaes.”Carapa”, “andiroba”,”cedro macho”. 
20.- CARRIZO ROOTS (Arundo donax)  L.: Poaceaes. carrizo”, ”uachi”.
       CAT'S CLAW /VILCACORA see UNA DE GATO
21.- CLAVO HUASCA  (Tynnanthus panurensis) Bur. Sandw.: Bignoniaceae. ”Clavo Huasca”, “Inejkeu”, ”Clove vine”.
21a COCA LEAF
(Erythroxylon coca)
22.- COLA DE CABALLO - (Equisetum giganteum) ”Cola de caballo”, “Rabo de zorro”,”Horseīs tail”.
23.- CONDURANGO (Marsdenia condurango, M. reichenbachii) Gonobulos condurango Triana : Asclepiadaceas.”Condurango”, “Tucasillu”.
24.- COPAIBA OIL (Copaifera officinalis, paupera), Copaifera officinalis, Copaifera reticulata Ducke.: Fabaceae. ”Copaiba”, “Copal”. 
25.- CULEN (Psoralea glandulosa) Otholobium glandulosum L.: Fabeaceas. ”Culen”, ”gualgua”, ”hierba de San Agustin”.
26.- CURARE (Chondrodendron tomentosum) R&P. Menispermaceae. ”Ampihuasca”, “Curare”.
27.- CURCUMA ROOTS (Curcuma longa) L., Curcuma domestica Val.: Zingiberaceaes. ”Curcuma”, ”azafran”,”coron”. 
28.- CUTI CUTI
  (Notholaena nivea) Presl. Fern. Aspleniaceas.  “Cuti cuti”, ”raqui raqui”.
29.- CHANCAPIEDRA (Phyllanthus niruri) l.: Euphorbiaceae.”Chanca piedra”, “Sacha foster”, ”Stone breaker”.
30.- CHUCHUHUASI (Maytenus macrocarpa)  R.&P. Briq. Celastraceae. ”Chuchuhuasi”, ”Chuchasha”, ”Chuchuasi”.
31.- DRAGON'S BLOOD (Croton lechleri) Muell.-Arg.(Croton palanostigma) Euphorbiaceae.”Sangre de drago”,”Sangre de grado”,”Dragonīs blood”.
33.- ESCOBILLA /CANCHALAGUA (Schkuhria pinnata s. Scoparia dulcis) L. Scrophulariaceae. ”Escobilla”, “Ņuņo pichana”, “Piqui pichana” “Canchalagua” . ”Vasourinha” in Brazil.
34.- FLOR DE ARENA (Tiquilia paronychioides) Boraginaceaes. ”Flor de arena”, “Yerba blanca”. 
35.- FLOR DE OVERO (Cordia lutea) C. rotundifolia: Boraginaceaes. ”Flor de overo”, “overo”.. 
36.- FLOR DE MASTUERZO (Tropaeloum majus): Tropeoloaceaes. Cultivated since the pre-hispanic times.”Flor de mastuerzo”, “mastuerzo”.
 
GRAVIOLA / GUANABANA

37.- GUANABANA / GRAVIOLA LEAF (Annona muricata) L.: Annonaceae. ”Guanabana”, ”Chirimoya”,”Soursop”, "Nangka blanda", "Graviola", "Prickly custard apple", "Durian benggala", "Zuurzak"
 
38.-
GUAYABA LEAF (Psidium guayaba) L.: Myrtaceae. ”Guayabo”, ”Guayabo blanco”. “Guava”.
39.-
HERCAMPURI (Gentionella alborosea) Gil. Fabris.: Gencianaceaes. ”Hercampuri”, ”hercampure”,“ bitter tea”.

40.- HUAMAMPINTA (Chuquiragua huamampinta) C. Spinoza. R&P Don. 
Asteraceaes. ”Huamanpinta”, ”huancaspita”, ”jari-jaraj”.   

41.-
HUAMANRIPA (Senecio tephrosioides) Turcz.; Asteraceaes. ”Huamanripa”, ”huamanlipa”, ”huamanripa verdadera”. 
41a - 
HUIRA HUIRA (Culcitium canescens, Senecio canescens) "Sight Sight", "Grass of Life"
42.- HUANARPO MACHO (Jatropha macracantha) M.Arg. Euphorbiaceae. ”Huanarpo macho”.
43.- ICOJA (Unonopsis Floribunda Diels.) : Annonaceae. ”Icoja”.
44.-
IPORURO
(Alchornea castaneifolia) Willd. Juss.: Euphorbiaceae. ”Iporuro”, ”Iporoni”, ”Macochihua”.
45.-
JERGON SACHA  (Dracontium loretense) Krause: Araceae. ”Jergon sacha”, ”Hierba del jergon”, ”Fer-de-lance”.

45a -
KUDZU ROOT (
Fabaceae Pueraria lobata)

46.-
MANAYUPA (Desmodium mollicum) Sw. DC.: Fabaceae. ”Manayupa”,  “Beggar-lice”.
46 a -
MACA (Lepidium meyeneii, Cruciferae),
"Maka", "Peruvian Ginseng"
47.-
MUCURA / ANAMU (Petiveria alliacea) L.: Phytolaccaceae. ”Anamu”, Mucura”, ”Micura”, “Mucura Hembra”, ”Sacha ajo”.
48.- MULLACA LEAF  (Physalis angulata) L.: Solanaceae. ”Mullaca”,”Bolsa  mullaca”,”Capuli cimarron”.
49.- MUŅA (Minthostachys setosa) Biq.: Lamiaceaes. ”Muņa muņa”, ”Arash muņa”.
50.- OJE (Ficus insipida) Willd.var. insipida: Moraceae. ”Oje”, ”Doctor Oje”.
51.- PAICO LEAF (Chenopodium ambrosioides) L.: Amaranthaceae. ”Cashua”, ”Paico”,”Wormseed”.
52.- PAPAILLA (Momordica charantia) L.:Cucurbitaceae. ”Papailla”, ”Balsam pear”, ”Bitter Melon”.
53.- PASUCHACA (Geraniun dielsianum) Knuth: Geraniaceaes.
     
 PAU D'ARCO see TAHUAR

54.- PINCO PINCO (Ephedra andina) E. Americana H&B ex Will.: Efedraceaes. “Pinco pinco”, “sanu-sanu”.
55.- PIRI PIRI ROOTS (Cyperus spp.) C.articulatus L., C.chalaranthus  Presl.: Ciperaceaes.
56.-07 RAICES (Seven Roots blended Powder)
56 a. - RUE Leaf (Ruta graveolens peruviana)
57.- SUELDA CON SUELDA
(Phthirusa adunca) Phoradendron crassifolius (DC)
58.- SHIRIC SANANGO (Brunfelsia grandiflora);
59.- TABACO (Nicotiana tabacum)

60.-
TAHUARI or PAO DE ARCO / yellow: (Tabebuia serratifolia), "Lapacho"
, "Taheebo",          "Tahuari", "Palo De Arco", "Ipe","Roxo", "Lapacho", "Ipes", "Trumpet Brush"
                    
Tabebuia: serratifolia, chrysanta, ochracea, impetiginosa

61.- VERBENA (Verbena littoralis)
62.-
WIRA-WIRA (Gnaphalium vira-vira )
63.-
WINAY WAYNA or WINA WINA (Senecio comosus)
64.- ZARZAPARILLA or Sarsaparilla (Smilax longifolia) Richard.).
65.-
YACON (Smallanthus sonchifolius syn. Polymnia sonchifolia)

66.- UNA DE GATO / VILCACORA / CAT'S LAW (Uncaria tomentosa)

PLANTS LIST & INFORMATION             
Note: In general 2 capsules are equivalent to 1 cup of tea

1.- ABUTA  
(Abutta officinalis); A. grandifolia (Mart.) CISSAMPELOS PAREIRA L.Sandwith. Menispermaceae. “Abuta”, ”Motelo sanango”, ”Trompetero sacha”, "Pareira", "Velvet leaf", "Ice Vine", "Pareira Brava", "False Pareira", "Bofrusiri"  The decoction of the stems and roots mixed with wild bee honey is used to treat sterile women. Root decoction used for post-menstrual hemorrhages, the alcoholic maceration, for rheumatism. Macerated leaves, bark and root, mixed with rum, are used by the “Creoles” as aphrodisiac. Root decoction used as a cardio tonic, anti-anemic, anti-malarial. Tribe “Sionas” use leaf decoction for fever. The “Wayapi” use the decoction of the bark and stem as a dental analgesic. Some Ecuadorian “Ketchwas” use the leaf decoction for conjunctivitis and snakebite.  Others use the root tea for difficult delivery  and nervous or weak children with colic. 
It is considered effective against malaria, fever, hepatic ailments, gastric ulcers, diabetes, anemia, high cholesterol, menstrual cramps and pre- and post-natal pain, to ease menstrual discomfort, a treatment for infertility, dental pain killer, cerebral tonic, fever, rheumatism, typhoid, stomach ulcers, and as an aphrodisiac, pain killer, an antiseptic to the bladder, chronic inflammation of the urinary passages, good diuretic, etc       

                                                                                       

2.- ACHIOTE LEAF

(Bixa orellana); "ANNATTO", ”Achote”, “Achote amarillo”, "Lipstick Tree",
"Bija", "Urucum", "Bixaceae", Annato Family - Cultivated. Natives use it for food coloring and to decorate their bodies. There are experimental plots for the extraction of bixin.  In North part of Peru, the shoot decoction is considered anti-dysenteric, anti-septic, anti-venereal, aphrodisiac,  astringent, febrifugal. Leaves are used to treat skin problems, poultice leaves to eliminate scars, hepatitis, aphrodisiac, anti-dysenteric, anti-pyretic. Considered beneficial and healing for the digestive system, liver disease, kidney diseases, urinary problems, prostate cancer
Effective as a gargle for tonsillitis. Flowers are used in infusion as purge and to avoid phlegm in newborn babies. ”Kayapo" massage stomachs of women in labor with the leaves. ”Kayapo” use it as a body tint. It is said to be an antidote for HCN poison. Seeds believed to be expectorant, the roots, digestive, anti-tussive. Around Explorama fresh leaf stalks, devoid of blades, are inserted into a glass of water; the mucilage that forms is applied in conjunctivitis. 
The decoction made of leaves, bark, seeds or the plant is used by the indigenous tribes of Amazon to speed up healing of wounds or burns. Orally applied preparations are considered to stimulate digestion. Fresh seeds can be eaten due to their nutritional value.
For more info click here. 
                                                                                            

3.- AGRACEJO (Berberis vulgaris)  Berberis sp.: Wild. Berberidaceas. ”Agracejo”, “agracillo”,  ”berbero”, ”puchka-puchka”. Wise of the Jungle use it against gallstones to macerate 15 g of bark during one day and then drink one cup 3 times a day (between meals). As estomachal tonic to infuse the bark and drink it 3 times a day. As an anticostiveness to drink the berrues decoction. The whole plant contain alchaloids: palmatine, columbamine, berberine, ixiberberine, berbamine; tannins, resins and waxes. The fruits contain vitamin C, sugar, acids and minerals. The bark of the root is used as a stomach tonic and colagogue, for chronic dyspepsia. The alkaloid berberine acts on the uterine musculature, it is toxic in big doses. The leaf and bark must be used under the medical supervision, in excessive doses “agarcejo produces dizzies, vomits, diarrheas, nasal hemorrhages and renal irritation".

 4.- AJOS SACHA ( Mansoa alliacea ) (Lam) : A. Gentry. Bignoniaceae “Ajo sacha”, “Boens”, “Nia boens”, “Wild garlic”.  Alcoholic maceration of the stem and roots used for rheumatism; leaf infusion used in baths to relieve “manchiari” (a nervous state caused by terror or sudden shock), specially in children. Also  used as cleansing baths for bad luck. The roots are used as anti-rheumatic, stem decoction in baths - to relieve fatigue and small needle-like cramps. Some Natives use it to protect themselves against the bad spirits, others use the decoction of leaves and stems as antipyretic baths, for body aches, flu. Contains alline, allicin, allyl-disulfoxide, diallyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide, divinyl sulfide, propylallyl disulfide, and two cytotoxic naphthoquinones, 9.methoxy-alpha-lapachone and hydroxy-9methoxy-alpha-lapachone.

5.- AJOS KIRO or AJOS CASPI (Cordia alliodora) (R.&P) : Cham. Boraginaceae.”Aņallo caspi), “Laurel”,”ajos quiro”, ”Clammy cherry”. The sawn wood is used for building houses and interior decoration; the leaves and bark are used as condiment instead of Ajo herb.

6.- ALCANFOR SACHA BARK (Zanthoxylum caribaeum) Lamarck,: Rutaceaes. ”Alcanfor sacha”, “raya caspi”. Wild. It is used as a febrifugue.

7.- ALGARROBO FRUIT      

(Prosopis pallida); P. Chilensis (Lam): Stuntz. Prosopis juliflora. Fabaceae "Algarrobo”, "Algaroba", "Mesquite", Kiawe".  Unripe fruit considered astringent, lactagogue; unripe fruit applied to toothache. Seed infusion considered nutritious, tonic. Bark is uses from treatment of diabetes.
Very effective energizer, tonic for psyche and body, used by very active people, sport people, 
excellent for weak and anemic, under-nutritional, highly nutritious especially for elders and children, contains vitamins, amino acids and minerals
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8.- ALTAMISA / MARCO or  AJENJO  

(Ambrosia peruviana) Willd: Asteraceae. ”Altamisa”, "Marco", ”Marquito”, ”Peruvian ragweed”. Used with other plants in baths for magic or religious rituals. Considered astringent, anti-rheumatic, and tonic. Shoot decoction, considered antirheumatic, antispasmodic, digestive, tonic, vermifuge, for dysmenhorrhea. Juice of the plant used by the “Incas” to preserve corpses, it ids also used for rheumatism and to regulate late menstrual periods. Root decoction used for
neuralgia and hysteria. Floral infusion used as vermifuge.
This traditional Andean herb has been used for generations, a root decoction is used mainly due to its action in migraines and headaches. The decoction is said to be effective to tone up the nervous system.

9.- AMASISA (Erythrina fusca): Lour. Fabaceae. ”Amasisa”, ”Gallito”, ”Swamp immortelle”. Semicultivated. Soil conservation species, adding nitrogen to the soil, used as ornamental and living fence. Bark decoction used to wash infected wounds to treat fungal dermatoses. Effective in a skin infection called “arco”. ”Creoles” use the root decoction as a sudorofic to reduce fever caused by colds and malaria. Flowers in decoction regarded as antitussive. ”Palikur” use bark of trunk and roots mixed with the bark of Parkia pendula to purify waters. Bark put in hot water and poulticed onto migraine headaches. Hartwell mentions its use for cancer.

10.- AMOR SECO 

(Desmondium adscendens):  L. Asteraceae ,”Amor seco”, “Cadillo”, “Chilca”, “Isha sheta rao”, ”Pacunga”,  ”Pirco”, ”Dried love”, "Farmers friend", "Strong Back", "Back herb". Excellent remedy for the
Back Pain and/or Muscle Spasm  It is so named for its traditional use by Mayan healers to treat back aches, muscle spasms and such conditions that arise from muscle spasms, including headaches, pain, inflammation, kidney stress, bronchial asthma.
A plant is boiled in 3 cups of water for 3-7 minutes and 1 cup of warm tea is taken before meals for 3-5 days to relief of backache, muscle pains, kidney ailments and impotency. 

Back pains are among the most discomforting conditions people face. They're also among the least likely conditions to respond to standard medical treatment (only the steroid injections may help sometimes). At the same time when at least 30% of population of North America suffer from some kind of Back or Muscle pain, there might be a hope in the wisdom of indigenous shamans of South America. Several studies conducted, have proved Amor Seco tea to be great pain reliever if not eliminator. Problems including both acute and chronic back aches and muscle spasms, when treated with Amor Seco tea are being greatly reduced if not eliminated completely. Usage of the herb in bronchial asthma also proved to be highly effective.
Clinical study showed that a 1/2 of teaspoon of dried Amor Seco leaf powder given to asthma patients three times a day, results in improvement and remission in most patients treated.  

Chewing or gargling may help angina, sores in the mouth; infusions used as emmenagogue, anti-dysenteric, laryngitis, worms, and to alleviate chills. Decoctions mixed with lemon juice, aguardiente and/or milk for sore throat, angina, water retention, hepatitis, dropsy. In the Northern Peru, the root decoction is used for alcoholic hepatitis and worms, leaf is applied to toothache, also used for headache.  In Brazil it is used as a diuretic and to treat jaundice. In the Phillipines, flowers mixed with cooked rice are fermented to make an alcoholic beverage. In Tonga the infusion of the flowers is used to treat upset by food poison stomach. Sun-dried leaves are mix with olive oil to make poultices for sores.
Because they believe this plant has magic powers, it is given to the lover who has lost interest in his mate, to make him/her come back. 

11.- ASMACHILCA

(Eupatorium triplinerve,
Eupatorium ayapana,  Aristeguietia gayana, Eupatorium gayanum, Asteraceaes.),  ”Asmachilca”,  “asnac”. Wild. It is used as an expectorant and to treat bronchitis, asthma; drink the leaves, stems and flowers in infusion. It is said; one glass of asmachilca tea at night may highly reduce bronchitis asthma problems. It clears up the mucus, it helps breathing, the results are visible after few days of usage. 
Note:It should not be used more than one glass per day. For more info click here. 

12.- ARNICA  (Senecio pseudotites) Griseb: Asteraceaes. ”Arnica”, ”maicha”, ”ramilla”. Wild. As a diuretic in decoction. Resolutive in emplasters. Veterinary: vermifuge for animals. It is said that half a tea spoon of arnica tea will end menstrual pain.

13.- ATADIJO (Trema micrantha) L.: Blume.Ulmaceae. ”Atadijo”.Bark used  for cordage; stems used for fencing. The plant soaked in water makes an astringent liquid. Some natives use the bark as an antipyretic for infants.

14.- BALSAMINA (Impatiens balsamina) Momordica balsimina L.: ”Balsamina”, ”Balsam apple”. Fruit tincture anti-ecchymotic, descongestant, vulnerary; decoction purgative. Used for bruises.

15.- BOLAINA or MUTAMBA BARK'S (Guazuma ulmifolia) Lam.: Sterculiaceae.”Bolaina” Atadijo, “West Indian elm”. Wood and bark for construction and ropes. Ripe fruits have a strong honey scent. Some people even chew the fruit to extract the sweet juice, spitting out the remainder. The macerated fruit mixed with aguardiente is used to scent the “siricaipe” or “mapacho”. Leaf decoction used for baldness, the bark decoction for dysentery. It is regarded as astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, emollient, pectoral, refrigerant, stomachic, styptic, and sudorific; used for alopecia, asthma, bronchitis, dermatosis, diarrhea, dysentery, elephantiasis, fever, hepatitis, syphilis, leprosy, malaria, nephritis. 

16.- BOBINSANA or QUINILLA BLANCA LEAF Calliandra angustifolia) Spruce.: Mimosaceas. ”Bobinsana”, ”bobensane”, ”quinilla blanca”. Cultivated and wild. For  Rheumatism treatment, use the decoction or aquos macceration of bark and roots.  Against uterine cancer to drink the roots decoction. The whole plant is an stimulant and energizing, To depurate blood to drink the rootīs bark decoction. This plant contains several amino no proteics acids. 

17.- CAIHUA  

(Cyclanthera pedata) L. Schrad.: Curcubitaceae. ”Caigua”, "Wild cucumber". Cultivated. Fruit edible. It has various medicinal usages. The tea of the seeds is well known for controlling high blood pressure. De Feo suggests that the decoction of the epicarps is also anti-diabetic. It has been said it is
the most natural and the most potent fat absorber. Caihua  taken together with Chuchuhuasi rejuvenates & reduces Cellulites. For more info click here. 

18.- CALAGUALA (Polypodium pycnocarpum) P. decumanum  Wild: Polypodiaceae. ”Calaguala”, “Huayhuashi-shupa”. Rhizome maceration used for fever, whooping cough (grated or in infusion), and renal problems. From the leaves the “Boras” prepare a drink for coughs. Rhizome used to treat the pancreas. ”Creoles” use the decoction in ritual baths for infants. In Latin America, “calaguala”, “llanten” and “ matico” are among the first mentioned when the subject is medicinal plants, specially cancer. Calaguala Fern - Ancient Mayan treatment for psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions, it is very soothing.
   
19.- CARAPA (Carapa guianensis) Aublet.:Meliaceaes.”Carapa”, “andiroba”,”cedro macho”. Wild. As an astringent to drink the bark decoction. As febrifuge and anti-helmintic to drink the bark tea; vulnerary, and herpes, to wash wounds with the bark decoction.

20.- CARRIZO ROOTS (Arundo donax)  L.: Poaceaes. carrizo”, ”uachi”. Wild and cultivated. Diuretic and analgesic to use the rhizomes/tubers. 

21.- CLAVO HUASCA 

(Tynnanthus panurensis) Bur. Sandw.: Bignoniaceae. ”Clavo Huasca”, “Inejkeu”, ”Clove vine”. The pieces of roots and stems are macerated in aguardiente to make a stimulant liqueur used for rheumatism. Resin used for fevers. It is used , effectively, for  toothache, being as effective as clove oil, aphrodisiac
mainly for women, but excellent for male as well. For more info click here. 

21a
COCA LEAF
(Erythoxylon coca). Leaves are the best natural energizer, and pain suppressant known to man, and has been used by South American Tribes for generations. It is highly priced for its social, magical and health benefits than any other herb. It is considered to be Sacred Herb in South America. The chemical composition of coca leaves is high in calories, minerals (potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium, etc), fiber, proteins, vitamins (B1, C, A, E). Some researchers claim than coca contains almost 1% more proteins than meat, and more calcium than milk. Chewing coca leaves
induce healthy mood, it can eliminate tooth pain, joint pain, tea helps osteoporosis and arthritis pains, it is mood stabilizer, good anti-depressant, etc.
The purpose of the use of coca, in a magical sense, is to protect the individual against witchcraft, curses, change bad luck and predict the future.

Shamans from some traditional Indian tribes smoke fresh coca leaves for magical purposes. Inhaling the sacred vapors induces a trance-like state. Coca leave smoke, enables a shaman "to cross 'the bridge of smoke", to enter the world of spirits, and activate his magical powers. Alas fresh leaves don't travel well; and this ancient usage is uncommon in the urban industrial West.

22.- COLA DE CABALLO - (Equisetum giganteum) ”Cola de caballo”, “Rabo de zorro”,  ”Horseīs tail”. Valuable for forage and paper production; also used in making mats and brooms. Roots used as diuretic and sudorific. Brazilians use the rhizomes as tourniquetes around snakebites. It is a great source of natural silica; for skin, nail and hair grow. Used for beriberi,   hepatitis, mineral deficiency, nerves tonic. 

23.- CONDURANGO

(Marsdenia condurango, M. reichenbachii) Gonobulos condurango Triana : Asclepiadaceas. ”Condurango”, “Tucasillu”.  Wild climber bush. The decoction of stem and bark as an analgesic, carminative and tonic. Hemostatic and against ulcer, hemorrhages when drinking the bark decoction. Anti-Snakebites. The stem decoction as a gastralgic. In dyspepsia cases to drink the stem decoction. It is also used against
chronic anemia. The bark and stem infusion against cancer (stomach), indigestion, appetite loss, as a colagogue.
Active principles: conduranguine alfa, conduranguine beta, tannic acid. 
Condurango improves digestion by stimulating the production of saliva and digestive juices. It has also shown an ability to kill tumors in animals.
 It has been also used by Natives for Appetite loss and Indigestion.
The part of Condurango that is used in remedies is the dried bark of branches and the trunk of the tree.
How to Prepare:
Condurango can be made into a tea. Add 1.5 grams (about one-quarter teaspoon) of crushed Condurango to cold water and bring to a boil. Cool the tea, then strain.

Condurango also can be made into a medicinal wine. Add 50 to 100 grams (between one-quarter and one-half cup) of crushed Condurango to each liter of wine.

Take 1 cup of Condurango tea or 1 liquor glass of condurango wine with each meal

24.- COPAIBA OIL
(Copaifera paupera, syn.Copaifera officinalis, Copaifera reticulata Ducke.: Fabaceae. ”Copaiba”, “Copal”, "Copaiba Balsam", "Copaiba Resin". On Rio Solimoes, resin used as a cicatrizant, for gonorrhea, psoriasis, sores, catarrh, syphilis, and urinary problems. Plotkin (1993) notes that the resin (copal) is used to coat tubules exposed by the dentist drill. Copaiba Oil is used for skin disorders and as an anti-inflammatory agent that can be rubbed directly on sore joints. Internally, locals suggest its usage for gastric ulcers, as a diuretic and expectorant. The oil is also used in art restoration, restoring color to old paintings. 
It contains essential oil and resin acids, the oil contains also turpentine.
Copaiba Resin some call it Copaiba Balsam – it is said to be excellent to treat
Eczemafungus, Dermatitis, and any kind of skin disorder including Dandruff, athlete’s foot, fungi, and skin and stomach cancer. It has been used to; eliminate inflammation and yeast infection of genital and urinary mucous membranes, to treat Syphilis, Hemorrhoids, ear ache, Gonorrhea.
It has been used to treat Bronchitis, and Stomach ulcers. The Shamans of Amazon say that there is nothing better to expel mucus from the lungs, and for any kind of respiratory problems.
They apply it on wound fresh and infected , on cuts to heal and to eliminate scars.

               
Internal use: 5 – 10 drops in a bit of tea or water 2 – 3 times per day
                External use: spread on affected skin area (dandruff, eczema, etc),
                      apply as compress over night, etc
For more info click here.

25.- CULEN (Psoralea glandulosa) Otholobium glandulosum L.: Fabeaceas. ”Culen”, ”gualgua”, ”hierba de San Agustin”. Cultivated and wild. The infusion against indigestion, anti-helmintic, to clean wounds. The decoction of shoots against diabetes. To drink the leaves and shoots decoction to normalize menstruation. The decoction of whole plant is used in baths for hemorrhoids . Culen contains essential oils, tannins, gums, resins, bakuchiol, psoraleno, angelicine, drupanine metil ester. 

26.- CURARE (Chondrodendron tomentosum) R&P. Menispermaceae. ”Ampihuasca”, “Curare”. Some natives, crush and cook the roots and stems, adding other plants and venomous animals, mixing until it becomes a light syrup; they call this decoction “ampi”, or “curare”, which they use on the tip of their arrows and darts. The active ingredient in “curare” is D-tubocurarine, actually used in medicine. Brazilians consider the root diuretic, emmenagogue,  febrifuge, internally used it for madness and dropsy, externally for bruises. Used for edema, fever, kidney stones.

27.- CURCUMA ROOTS (Curcuma longa) L., Curcuma domestica Val.: Zingiberaceaes. ”Curcuma”, ”azafran”, ”coron”, "turmeric". Cultivated. Infectious hepatitis, to drink the rhizome juice or rhizomes decoction. As a liver protector and detoxifier - drink the rhizomes decoction with salt, it is used to regulate high cholesterol, fat breaker, obesity, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, helps dogestion. Cicatrizant - eliminates free radicals. Wound healer - apply the crushed rhizomes on wounds. Herpes, to apply the rhizomes cut and sifted as emplaster. Malaria and paludism, to drink by teaspoons the juice of 1 Kg roots. 
Curcuma contains: atlantones, borneol, bisdesmetoxicurcumine, cariofilene, alcoholes sesquiterpernics, borasic acid, volatil oil, cineol, curcumine, seccondary curcumines, dehydroturmerona, desmetoxicurcumina, felandreno, linalol, oxalato de calcio, oleoresines, pelipomen, a-pinene,  protein, resins. 

28.- CUTI CUTI 
(Notholaena nivea) Presl. Fern. Aspleniaceas.  “Cuti cuti”, ”raqui raqui”. Wild. It is used as an anti-
diabetic. It regulates blood sugar level, it helps to restore insuline secretion. It is plays an important part in treatment of pancreas. Taken in two weeks intervals with Pasuchaca can reduce significantly the symptoms of diabetes. Highly priced in Europe. 
Incan word "cuti" is defined as "to overturn". For more info click here. 

29.- CHANCAPIEDRA
(Phyllanthus niruri) l.: Euphorbiaceae.”Chanca piedra”, “Sacha foster”, ”
Stone breaker”. Like other species, quite effective in eliminating kidney stones and gallstones. Considered anodyne, aperitif, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge, used also for blennorrhagia, colic, diabetes, dropsy, dysentery, dyspepsi, fever, flu, gonorrhea, itch, jaundice, kidney problems, malaria, proctitis, tumors, vaginitis, stomachache, it is believed to be; anti-hepatotoxic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, diuretic, febrifugal. 
For more info click here.
 

30.- CHUCHUHUASI 

(Maytenus macrocarpa)  R.&P. Briq. Celastraceae. ”Chuchuhuasi”, ”Chuchasha”, ”Chuchuasi”, "Trembling Back". Bark maceration considered anti-diarrheic,
anti-arthritic,  anti-tumor, menstrual regulator, for upset stomach. Its main use is in a cordial or liquor. Bark decoction used for dysentery.  A shot of chuchuhuasi with aguardiente and honey was given many eco-tourists on departure from the Iquitos airport in 1991. Aril of a Brazilian species contained 8,500 ppm caffeine. Boiled stems for arthritis and rheumatism, under M. Laevis). Under the name M. Ebenifolia, Maxwell mentions the “chuchuhuasi” as an effective insect repellent. “Chuchuhuasi” is probably the best known of all jungle remedies, in Colombia as well as in Peru used as Aphrodisiac, anti-rheumatic and muscle relaxant medicine. For more info click here. 

31.- DRAGON'S BLOOD 
(Croton lechleri) - Euphorbiaceae family
31.1.- (Croton lechleri) Latex, 
31.2.- (Croton palanostigma) Latex 
32.3.- Bark's Powder 

Sangre de Drago”,  Sangre de Grado”,  ”Dragonīs blood”. The latex/sap is used to heal wounds, cuts, injuries, for vaginal baths before childbirth. It is also recommended for throat, mouth,
intestinal and stomach ulcers. It is an excellent instant bandage for children and adults, good for leucorrhea, piles, cuts, etc. The alkaloid taspine hydrochloride has been found to be the main cicatrizant, wound healing principle, anticancer agent. 
Sangre de Grado
has been known and used as:
anti-tumor, cicatrizant/anti-cancer, anti-diarrheal, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal,  wound healing.  It demonstrated potent antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, genital herpes lesions, excellent healing agent for wounds, blisters, burns, etc. 
It is an effective and  quick acting natural medication for
diarrhea and it's effects may be felt in within hours.
Taspine is the alkaloid compound present in Sangre de Drago.
The Dragon's Blood we offer is the top quality:
Latex/Sap liquid     taspine 2,5 - 4%
Latex/Sap dried powder  taspine 20%
Bark powder          taspine 0.28%

Dosage: 7 - 15 drops of 100% Pure Latex/Sap in a bit of pure water or in Una de Gato tea 3 x day. For more info click here.

33.- ESCOBILLA, CANCHALAGUA, VASSOURINHA

(Schkuhria pinnata s. Scoparia dulcis) L. Scrophulariaceae. ”Escobilla”, “Ņuņo pichana”, “Piqui pichana”, “Canchalagua” , ”Vassourinha”, "Sweet Broomweed", "Anisillo", "Cancharagua", "Vacourinha"
, "Piqu pichana", "Mastuerzo", "Hierba De Dolor", "Saang-kabay". Leaf infusion used for; bronchitis, cough, diarrhea, fevers, kidney diseases, hemorrhoids, wounds, fever, etc. It is considered to be; anti-diarrhea, anti-emetic. Antiseptic leaf decoction used for wounds, fever, leaf decoction mixed with maternal milk as an anti-emetic for infants. Leaf decoction in antipyretic baths and in poultices for migraine headaches, tea for pain and swelling,   Brazilians add the root to bath when “cleaning their blood”. They apply strained leaf juice for eye ailments, to infected wounds (erysipelas).
Topically it has been used as skin tonic, for blackheads, pimples, earache, eye wash, wounds wash, insects bites, swellings, tooth-ache, etc.
Internally: Blood cleanser, Kidney tonic, Leprosy, Swelling, Respiratory problems, Bronchitis, Fever, Throat problems, Aphrodisiac, Menstrual problems, Stomach problems, Headache,
Strong Anti-spasmodic, Excellent for Hypertension and Nervousness, Diarrhea, Venereal Disease, Diuretic, Diabetes, etc. 

34.- FLOR DE ARENA 

(Tiquilia paronychioides) Boraginaceaes. ”Flor de arena”, “Yerba blanca”. Flower. Wild. This is used as diuretic and mainly to treat the venereal disease: gonorrhea. Flor de Arena has been used as general
very effective internal cleanser, restoring body functions. For more info click here. 

35.- FLOR DE OVERO (Cordia lutea) C. rotundifolia: Boraginaceaes. ”Flor de overo”, “overo”. Wild and cultivated. The leaves decoction are used to treat jaundice. The leaves infusion for flu. The flowers is excellent treatment of  liver.

36.- FLOR DE MASTUERZO (Tropaeloum majus): Tropeoloaceaes. Cultivated since the pre-hispanic times.”Flor de mastuerzo”, “mastuerzo”. It is used to treat skin diseases such as fungus, wounds and sores, the juice of leaves and stem; Anti-scorbutic, eat the fresh plant; Analgesic; aphtae, to rub with the leaves; respiratory affections, to eat the leaves or drink the leaves infusion; somniferous, to eat the leaves before going to bed; skin spots, to rub with leaves and flowers; bucal inflammations, do gargles with juice or infusion. This plant contains glicosides (glucotrapeolina), that hidrolizes in antibiotic and anti-micotic compounds, besides high levels of vitamin C in flowers and leaves. The leaves and flowers contain a natural antibiotic which do not interfere in the intestinal flora and that is effective against some micro-organisms which have developed resistance to the common antibiotics. 

37.- GUANABANA LEAF / GRAVIOLA 

(Annona muricata) L.: Annonaceae. ”Guanabana”, ”Chirimoya”,”Soursop”, "Nangka blanda", "Prickly custard apple", "Durian benggala", "Zuurzak". Cultivated. Fruit edible fresh or in ice creams. Leaf decoction used for catarrh, crushed seed to kill parasites. Colonist from Risaralda use the plant for rachitic children. Bark, roots and leaves are used in teas for diabetes; as a sedative, heart tonic.  Some natives use the leaf tea to cleanse and support their liver.  Elsewhere used for chills, colds, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, fever, flu, gallbladder attacks, hypertension, insomnia, kidneys, nervousness, palpitations, pediculosis, ringworm, sores, internal ulcers. It is also used against cough, diarrhea, fever, flue, rheumatism, malaria, skin disease, dysentery, diabetes, heart problems, etc.
Cancer fighter; breast, prostate, colon, pancreatic.  

38.-GUAYABA LEAF

(Psidium guayaba) L.: Myrtaceae. ”Guayabo”, ”Guayabo blanco”. “Guava”. Cultivated. Fruit is edible. Wood used to for tool handles, and for the “tramojo” (an implement put on pigs so they cannot walk easily). The infusion of foliar buds is used for diarrhea, for dentition, and
swellings of gout, emotional shock, vertigo, and vomiting, some use the floral infusion to regulate menstrual periods

39.- HERCAMPURI

(Gentionella alborosea) Gil. Fabris.: Gencianaceaes. ”Hercampuri”, ”hercampure”,“ bitter tea”. Wild.
Liver herb, weight control - take the infusion or decoction of the plant; blood depurative in swollen livers; bile secretion stimulant, cholesterol problem, hepatic depurative, colagogue, to take the plant decoction; hepatic affections; diabetes; anti-infectious. The plant contains eritaurine, alkaloids, heterosides, saponines, tannins, resins and minerals (aluminum, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, chlorine) For more info click here. 

40.- HUAMAMPINTA (Chuquiragua huamampinta) C. Spinoza. R&P Don. Asteraceaes. ”Huamanpinta”, ”huancaspita”, ”jari-jaraj”. Wild. Diuretic and anti-blennorrhagic, to take the plant infusion.

41.- HUAMANRIPA

(Senecio canescens Sin. Culcitium canescens Sin. Senecio tephrosioides) Turcz.; Asteraceaes. ”Huamanripa”, ”huamanlipa”, ”huamanripa verdadera”. This herb is a reputed pectoral, leaves in infusion. It is also taken with aguardiente and it is called “chinguirito”, used to warm body, for chills.

41. a - HUIRA HUIRA

(Culcitium canescens, Seneco canescens) " Grass of Life", "Sight Sight", Fatigue, breathlessness, fever, diaphoretic, effective expectorant, etc

42.-. HUANARPO MACHO (Jatropha macracantha) M.Arg. Euphorbiaceae. ”Huanarpo macho”. Decoction or tincture of young male branches is said to be powerful aphrodisiac. 

43.- ICOJA (Unonopsis Floribunda Diels.) : Annonaceae. ”Icoja”.  Alcoholic maceration used for arthritis, rheumatism, and diarrhea. There is another species: U. Spectabilis also commonly called “icoja” and its bark is used for arthritis, bronchitis, diarrhea, lung disorders, malaria and rheumatism. 

44.- IPORURO

(Alchornea castaneifolia) Willd. Juss.: Euphorbiaceae. ”Iporuro”, ”Iporoni”, ”Macochihua”. Alcoholic bark maceration used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, colds and muscle pains after a long fishing day. The “Candochi-shapra” and the “Shipibos” used the bark and roots to treat rheumatism. some native herbalists recommend it for
rheumatism, cough, others take one tablespoon bark decoction before meals for diarrhea. The leaves are used to increase fertility for impotent male, it is considered to be powerful aphrodisiac and geriatric for males. Sometimes found in the famous “Rompe calzon” aphrodisiac.

45.- JERGON SACHA  
(Dracontium loretense) Krause: Araceae. ”Jergon sacha”, ”Hierba del jergon”, ”Fer-de-lance”. Root has been used to help snakebites. Local people use branches to repel snakes, just by whipping their feet and legs with the branches. The corms/roots are used
to control and steady the shaking hands (Parkinson). Very powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial herb - especially useful in fighting AIDS and Cancers (taken together with Cat's Claw and /or Pau D'Arco - tabebuia serratifolia or impetiginosa).  

45a
KUDZU ROOT  (Fabaceae Pueraria lobata) Ko-Ken, Mealy Kudzu, Kuyu, Pueraria Root, Ge-Gen, Yege, Geh Gen

Alcohol Craving Suppressant -
Eliminates cravings for ALCOHOL

Despite the many important uses of this plant, it is often considered a noxious weed, yet continues to be imported from South & North America & Asia to be sold as both food and medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, Kudzu Root is used in prescriptions for the treatment of "wei", or “superficial” syndrome (a disease that manifests just under the surface - mild, but with fever), thirst, headache, and stiff neck with pain due to high blood pressure. It was also recommended for allergies, migraine headaches, measles eruptions in children, and diarrhea. It was also used as a treatment for angina pectoris.  The primary chemical constituents of Kudzu include starch, isoflavonoids, puerarin, daidzein, and phytoestrogens. Kudzu Root is high in isoflavones, such as daidzein, as well as isoflavone glycosides, such as daidzin and puerarin. Depending on its growing conditions, the total isoflavone content varies from 2-12%, with puerarin in the highest concentration, followed by daidzin and daidzein. It has some demulcent properties, making it useful for thirst and dryness.  When Kudzu is roasted in a dry pan, it makes an excellent tonic for the spleen, and helps treat diarrhea. For more info click here

46.- MANAYUPA
(Desmodium mollicum) Sw. DC.: Fabaceae. ”Manayupa”, “Beggar-lice”. Excellent Blood Detoxifier, has been used for Hemorrhage, Inflammation, Ovaries  problems, Urinary problems, Vaginitis, Convulsion, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dysentery, etc.  The plant infusion is given to people who suffer from nervousness. It is also used in baths to treat vaginal infections.  Some natives wash the breast of dry mothers with the leaf tea. 
 
For more info click here.

47.- MUCURA 

(Petiveria alliacea) L.: Phytolaccaceae. female "Anamu", "Mucura”, ”Micura”, “Mucura Hembra”, ”Sacha ajo”, "Tipi". 
The plant is considered to be strong immune system enhancer, and strong pain killer, it contains the benzaldehyde and coumarin, both of which have anticancer properties. It is said to be;  anti-spasmodic, anti-pyretic; analgesic, abortifacient, vermifuge, analgesic, memory enhancer, mental stimulant, used also as anti- rheumatic, emmenagogue, sudorific, diuretic, abortive, contraceptive, - pregnant women should be aware of its ability to induce abortions.

The plant is used in magic rituals call “limpias” (“cleansing”). Natives bathe the patients in the liquid left from the infusion to cleanse them from “salt” (bad luck); other people bathe with it on the first hour of the New Year. Chewing the plant puts a coat on teeth and protect them against cavities. Also used in ritual amulets and talismans. It said to have depressive effects on the central nervous system, with anti-convulsive effects. Some use it to get rid of bad spirits;  the leaf decoction, sudorific and cough suppressant. It is used as a bath to protect children against bad luck, and in baths for the vitamin deficiency called “coqueluche”, it is a custom in some parts to bathe feverish patients in the leaf infusion and wash headache with decoction. For bronchitis and pneumonia, a drop of kerosene and lemon juice is added to a teaspoon of macerated leaves. It is also used to help in;
beriberi, cramps, nerves, paralysis, it is said to be excellent remedies for hip and knee osteo-arthritis, and/or severe arthritis, anti-inflammatory (gastritis, gout). It has been used to stimulate growth in children and teen-agers who are not too tall, it is known as the herb for THYMUS GLAND. It is an excellent immune system supporter and builder - it has anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties, good for veins and blood circulation, for vascular diseases as well as leukemia.
In the Amazon, the herb is also in herbal bath and for amulets to protect against witchcraft., against bad spirits, against bad wishes, etc. To bring GOOD LUCK (especially for students - we had reports that it is great because the marks are starting to go up) ..., etc. 
Shamans are stating that Mucura Helps to Balance Communication Center & the Heart Center. 

Mucura Heals emotions and soul; Wise say that every illness starts with long negative emotions such as: sadness, stress, trauma, fear, hate, greed, etc, every emotion is emanated by diferent body part, blocking the flow of energy, eventually damaging it. Negatyw emotions are hurting the soul.

48.- MULLACA LEAF 

(Physalis angulata) L.: Solanaceae. ”Mullaca”,”Bolsa  mullaca”,”Capuli cimarron”, Japanese name: SENNARI HOUZUKI, Chinese: ALKENKENJE. Fruits edible; leaf infusion diuretic. Leaves and fruits used as narcotic, the decoction of leaf as anti-inflammatory, and disinfectant for skin diseases. Leaf juice used for worms. Also used for earache, liver, malaria, and rheumatism. Some drink the leaf infusion for asthma. Root infusion has been used for hepatitis. Boiled roots with Bixa and Euterpe for jaundice. The herb has been tested by number of laboratories in Far East and in Europe, some studies indicate that it stimulate production of T and B type lymphocyte.  MULLACA has a properties to fight against few types of
cancer cells: melanoma, leukemia, lung and colon cancer. The findings also include positive action against HIV and Polio Virus, as well as; leukemia, lung, colon, cervix and melanomas. Other research groups in Japan have been focusing on Mullaca's antiviral actions and preliminary studies show that it is active in vitro against Polio Virus I, as well as HIV I; demonstrating reverse transcriptase inhibitory effects. In addition to these actions, Mullaca has demonstrated good antibacterial properties in vitro against numerous types of bacteria.

49.- MUŅA-MUŅA 

(Minthostachys setosa) Biq.: Lamiaceaes. ”Muņa”, ”Arash muņa”. Anti-inflammatory; carminative, to drink the infusion of leaves and stem; antiseptic, analgesic, renal infections and respiratory diseases. It is well know herb among the Natives in Peru and used to stimulate the
respiratory system, and problems in urinary systems. For more info click here. 

50.- OJE

(Ficus insipida) Willd.var. insipida: Moraceae. ”Oje”, ”Doctor Oje”. Locals take latex as vermifuge, drinking one cup fresh mixed with orange juice, or with sugar cane juice. Those who take this purge must avoid greasy and salty foods for a week; they can not receive direct sun, and must avoid being seen by strangers to the family. Those not following this diet become (“overo”) with white skin pigmentation. It is also used to rub the latex onto rheumatic inflammations, 
Against parasite: "mix latex one tablespoon with one liter of water, drink one glass of this mixture every other day and you will get rid of intestinal parasites (worms, amoebas, bacteria, etc
)" - Wise Shaman said. Leaf decoction is also used for anemia, tertian fever.  It contains lavandul, phyllosanthine, eloxanthine, beta amyrin,  phyllanthol. For more info click here.

51.- PAICO LEAF (Chenopodium ambrosioides) L.: Amaranthaceae. ”Cashua”, ”Paico”, ”Wormseed”. Cultivated. 
 Plant infusions used for stomachache, cholera, tumors, maceration is applied topically for arthritis. Some use it as a vermifuge for children, for upset stomach, internal hemorrhages, infant dermatitis, colds, fever, flu, laryngitis, internal hemorrhages caused by injury (falls). 
Leaf decoction; purgative, vermifuge. Some Native woman take root and leaf decoction each month during menstruation as contraceptive. A capful of leaf decoction is taken to induce labor, the leaf decoction believed to be; depurative, carminative, decongestant, insecticide, and vermifugue; it is used  for cramps, gout, hemorrhoids, it is helpful in hysteria and panic attacks. Against tuberculosis, "try beating the leaf juice with the yolk of an egg. ”Good for the lungs in general and cures tuberculosis” - Shaman said.

52.- PAPAILLA (Momordica charantia) L.:Cucurbitaceae. ”Papailla”, ”Balsam pear”, ”Bitter Melon”. Fruit edible cooked. Plant decoction used for colic, and worms; infusion of fruit and flowers used for hepatitis. Seed pulp mixed with lard as a suppurative. Considered vermicide, stomachic, emmenagogue, and very powerful in the expulsion of Trichocephalos. Fruit decoction used as febrifuge and emetic. Leaf decoction used for measles, as well as for diabetes, in Brazil it is also used against: fever, itch, sores. The seeds are ude to induce vomiting and diarrhea.  "The proteins in Bitter Melon - (alpha and beta-momocharin protein and MAP-30) deactivate the ribosome function in HIV-infected cells, stop protein synthesis and kill cells that are infected." [Chaitow, Leon, ND, DO, Strohecker, James. You Don't Have to Die—Unraveling the AIDS Myth. Puyallup, WA: Future Medicine Publishing, Inc., 1994]   

53.- PASUCHACA 
(Geraniun dielsianum) Knuth: Geraniaceaes. ”Pasuchaca”, ”pasochaca”. Wild.  Against
diabetes, to drink the plant decoction. Pasuchaca has been used to regenerate pancreas functions.  For more info click here. 

54.- PINCO PINCO (Ephedra andina) E. Americana H&B ex Will.: Efedraceaes. “Pinco pinco”, “sanu-sanu”. Wild. The plant infusion is used as an anti-flatulent, diuretic, anticongestive, depurative, bladder affections. The decoction of the plant to treat pyorrhea and gum inflammations and as a buccal washing. The infusion or decoction of the plant as anti-tumoral.

55.- PIRI PIRI ROOTS (Cyperus spp.) C.articulatus L., C.chalaranthus  Presl.: Ciperaceaes. ”Piripiri”,”zacoo”, “puru piri”. Wild and cultivated. Flu, febrifuge,  hemostatic and vulnerary. Snake bites; abortifacient. As an astringent , to decoct the rhizomes powdered; Flu, rhizomes decoction; Hemorrhages, rhizomes powder decoction. The people from the jungle attribute magical powers to piri piri, they drink the leaves and flower infusion to awake the love feelings of a desired/loved person.

56.-  07 RAICES (Seven Roots blended Powder) : This is a very famous mixture of  herbs in  the  Traditional Medicine of Peru. The ingredients are 7 herbs, altough it is called “7 roots”, actually the ingredients can be barks, stems or leaves besides of roots. The ingredients can vary betwen the different regions of the jungle and from the highlands regions too. The herbs mixed can be:  chuchuhuasi, clavohuasca, chiric sanango, iporuro, cascarilla, piri piri. They are boiled and then macerated in liquor “aguardiente”. It is used as an anti-rheumatic and as an aphrodisiac.

56 a.- RUE 
(ruta graveolens peruviana) Herb of Grace, Rue has been known and used for generations in Europe as well as in South America. Some say the most potent Rue is from Peru. It has been said it is anti-spasmodic, stimulant, it is useful in hysterical affections, in coughs, colic, flatulence, macerated leaves used as compresses are very effective
against pain of sciatica, rheumatism, against headache, against chronic bronchitis, bruises, inflammation, pain of gout,  etc. Decoction in small portion has been used against menopause discomfort, poor digestion, nervous disorder, heart palpitations, epilepsy, to expel worms, etc. It is uterine and menstrual stimulant; may cause premature contractions, it is not advisable during pregnency. 
Rue has been known and used for generations as the best protection against witchcraft, and spells.

SANGRE DE DRAGO see DRAGON'S BLOOD

56. b. - SHARK CARTILAGE 

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57.- SUELDA CON SUELDA (Phthirusa adunca) Phoradendron crassifolius (DC) Eichl:Loranthaceae. ”Suelda con suelda”, ”Pishco isma”, ”Mistletoe”. Depending on the host, this parasite cures fast or slow. If parasitic on lime, it is used for fractures, dislocations, and cuts. Mashed leaves are applied over the affected area. To hasten healing, they drink a cup of the decoction a day. They mix a leaf with foliar buds of Psidium guayaba and bark of Spondias mombin for a mother after childbirth, two cups a day, morning and afternoon. This helps her heal faster, better able to meet her marital duties, sooner than normally expected.

58.- SHIRIC SANANGO (Brunfelsia grandiflora); D. Don ssp. schultessi Plowman.: “Chiric sanango”, ”shiric sanango”, ”moca pari”. Sometimes cultivated as an ornamental or medicinal plant. Around Pucallpa, the leaf decoction is used internally for arthritis and rheumatism. Root infusion with aguardiente for rheumatism, venereal diseases, chills. Plant is regarded as; diaphoretic, diuretic, for fever, yellow fever, rheumatism, snakebite, syphilis, It contains: scopoletin, quinic acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid.

59.- TABACO (Nicotiana tabacum) :Solaneceae.”Tabaco”,”Tobacco”.
Cultivated. The black tobacco “mapacho or siricaipe”, is smoked during the ayahuasca, witchcraft, healing and cleansing rituals; the pitch left from the smoke is picked up on a piece of paper and applied on the skin to kill worms. Powdered tobacco is mixed with aguardiente and given to dogs to make them better hunters. ”Creoles” mixed the dried leaves with Scoparia dulcis leaves, while the “Wayapi” use the pitch, to suffocate the larvae of the worm “macao”,  Dermatobia hominis (Euterebrides), parasites which live in the skin of human and dogs. ”Palikur” poultice in onto migraine headaches; it is also used as acholagogue to treat liver diseases. One drop of tobacco juice makes a strong collyrium. ”Bora” and “Witoto” poultice it onto boils and infected wounds. ”Jivaro” take tobacco juice for chills, indisposition and snakebite. ”Tukanoan” rub the leaf decoction onto bruise, sprains
. Many Natives use it for lung ailments. In Piura the leaf decoction is applied externally for parasites and rheumatism.

60.- TAHUARI or PAO DE ARCO / yellow:
(Tabebuia serratifolia): Bignoniaceae.”Tahuari”, “Surinam greenheart”, "Lapacho", "Ipes", "Taheebo". Wood and bark used as T. chrysantha. Parts used: Inner bark, flowers, leaves ”Creoles” use the flower decoction mixed with sugar, as a pectoral syrup for colds, cough, and flu. use bark to poultice onto leishmaniasis sores, use the bark for fever. There is other species very similar called Tabebuia chrysanta. Nichols. Bignoniaceae. ”Tahuari negro”, ”Paliperro”. Wood for lumbers, posts, poles, handicrafts, parquets. ”Yaguas” use the trunk to make jungle drums. Over-exported to the US as “tahebo”, "taheebo" or “pao-dīarco”, bark tea marketed for candidacies,
diabetes, fever, leishmaniasis sores, cancer, malignant tumors, leukemia, etc. Very useful in supporting and restoring pancreas proper functioning (taken together with Cuti Cuti and Pasuchaca). For more info click here.

61.- VERBENA (Verbena littoralis) H.B.K.: Verbenaceae. ”Verbena”, ”Yapo”. Considered abortifacient around Napo, also anti-tussive, emetic, febrifuge and vermifuge. Leaves used in antitussive febrifuges.

62.- WIRA-WIRA
(Gnaphalium vira-vira ) Mol.. Asteraceaes. ”Huira-huira”, “Vira-vira”, “Huira-huayo”. Wild. Leaves infusion as tonic and febrifuge. Respiratory system Herb. To drink the whole plant infusion as an a
nti-asthmatic, cancer, tumor, bronchitis, strong antibiotic, acts as steroidal, etc.

63- WINAY WAYNA or WINA WINA 

(Senecio camosus s. sencio nivalis)"hierba luisa macho", "hujchor", "hila-huila", "semaro-­huamash". bark forever young). "Huanarpo macho" Peruvian curanderos have been using bark of this tree for generations to regenerate nervous system as well as the whole body. Adds energy and vitality. t is said that one who drinks the tea made of the bark of huge Wina Wayna Tree, will stay young forever. It is also said among South American Natives, that it is excellent for stamina, aphrodisiac, as wells as anti-rheumatism. It is a source of youth and energy.

64.- ZARZAPARILLA (Smilax longifolia) Richard. Esmilacaceaes. ”Zarzaparilla”, „Sarsaparilla”, ”Zarza”. Wild. Anti-syphilitic. It is also used in cases of pruritus and erythema (redness of skin). There is an Smilax regelii also commonly called zarzaparilla which roots are mainly used in decoctions and infusions as anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, flue and anti-syphilitic. Alterative, Aphrodisiac, Antibiotic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-rheumatic, Antiseptic, Anti-syphilis, Carminative, Depurative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Hepatic-protective, Hormonal, Steroidal, Stimulant, Stomachic, Tonic

65.- YACON
(Smallanthus sonchifolius syn. Polymnia sonchifolia). Yacon tuberous roots have a sweet flavour and are crunchy to eat, like traditional fruit. They are eaten raw, usually after being dried in the sun, which increases their sweetness, by partly hydrolyzing oligofructans, producing fructose, glucose and sucrose. Drying wrinkles the skin, which is peeled before eating. The roots can also be stewed or can be grated and squeezed through a cloth to produce a drink. Consumption of yacon in some areas is linked to particular cultural or religious festivals. Yacon roots contain fructose, glucose, sucrose, traces of starch and insulin. Yacon is more productive as an insulin source than the most likely industrial competitor, topinambur (Helianthus tuberosus, Jerusalem artichoke). Yacon root carbohydrates can be readily metabolized by ruminants but the palatability of the leaves is believed to be low. Stems have been reported to contain 11% protein by dry weight and the leaves 17% protein. Yacon has been used for diabetics, digestive problems, dried yacon leaves used as a tea have hypoglycemic properties and as such are commercially sold in Brazil and other parts of America. There had been studies conducted on rats: "Hypoglycemic properties have been demonstrated in diabetic rats". It is also said that leaves contain trace of unidentified toxin,  which when injected in rat causes problems, therefore caution is needed.
Yacon is also well known as APPETITE SUPPRESSANT. Take 1/2 teaspoon of dried root or 1 capsule -  20 minutes before meals (3 x day), after one months it is noticeable appetite decrease and reduced weight.  See Herbal Tips

66.-
UNA DE GATO 
(Uncaria tomentosa), "Vilcacora", "Cat's claw"
 - Rubiaceae family
Parts used: Inner bark

Uņa de gato is the most sacred herb among the Ashaninkas, Campo and some other Amazonian tribes. According to indigenous Shamans Uņa de Gato serves as a bridge and balancer between the two worlds "physical and spiritual"; they believe in spiritual causes of ill health, they believe that firstly soul becomes ill then the body, the sacred balance/unity is broken, therefore Uņa de Gato is helping to unify the two. 
They believe that greed and anger often causes cancer, fear causes Asthma, etc.
Klaus Keplinger (Austrian scientist) started analysis of Cat's Claw properties in 1974. 

Properties/Action/Usage in: cancer, HIV, AIDS, urinary track infection & inflammations, arthritis, rheumatism, sciatic nerve spasm, ulcers, tumors, very potent immune system booster
 
Studies indicate that cat's claw has the ability to protect cancer cells from maturing.
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Note: It is advisable to clean out toxins and parasites to make herb usage more effective (see Fiber Buddy and Knock Out). 

Six weeks Cleansing Program (Cancer Prevention)
Manayupa - take 1 glass 3 times per day for two weeks 
Flor de Arena - take 1 glass 3 times per day for two weeks,
Hercampuri  - take 1 glass 3 times per day for two weeks

How to prepare tea:
3.50 grams (one tablespoon) of dried herbs, cover with 3 glasses or 1 liter of boiling, non chlorine, water (distilled preferred), let it boil on the low heat for 3-7 minutes with a lid on. Pour everything into a thermos and leave it overnight - lid on. Strain in the morning and drink 1 glass 3 times per day between meals (one hour before or after meal).  

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