Best Peruvian Herbal Remedies
A partial list of the most popular peruvian herbal remedies and properties
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Here you will a partial list of the most popular peruvian herbal remedies whose the people attribute curative properties some of there have been subject of serious research and testing at several university research centers around the world as Mayo Clinic in others.
Peruvian Herbal Remedies
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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1.- ABUTA (Abutta officinalis); A. grandifolia (Mart.) Sandwith. Menispermaceae. Abuta,Motelo sanango,Trompetero sacha.
2.- ACHIOTE LEAF (Bixa orellana); "ANNATTO", Achote”, Achote amarillo. Commonly used for bening prostate problems helps to reduce prostate.
3.- AGRACEJO (Berberis vulgaris) Berberis sp.: Wild. Berberidaceas. Agracejo, agracillo,berbero, puchka-puchka.
18.- Camu Camu. It is the best anti aging natural herbs because their high content of none acid vitamin C contains powerful immune booster, actually used for cancer treatments as for colds and for skin anti aging creams
19.- CARAPA (Carapa guianensis) Aublet.:Meliaceaes.”Carapa”, “andiroba”,”cedro macho”.
33.- ESCOBILLA (Schkuhria pinnata s. Scoparia dulcis) L. Scrophulariaceae. ”Escobilla”, “Ñuño pichana”, “Piqui pichana” “Canchalagua” . ”Vasourinha” in Brazil.
34.- FLOR DE ARENA (Tiquilia paronychioides) Boraginaceaes. ”Flor de arena”, “Yerba blanca”.
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”.
52.- PAPAILLA (Momordica charantia) L.:Cucurbitaceae. ”Papailla”, ”Balsam pear”, ”Bitter Melon”.
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.
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.
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.”Añallo 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,
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.
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.- Dry Love 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.
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.
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.
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 root´s 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.
22.- COLA DE CABALLO ( Tail horse) - (Equisetum giganteum) ”Cola de caballo”, “Rabo de zorro”, ”Horse´s 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 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 wine with each meal
24.- COPAIBA OIL (Copaifera paupera, syn.Copaifera officinalis, Copaifera reticulata Ducke.: Fabaceae. ”Copaiba”, “Copal”. 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.
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.
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 elevate significantly the symptoms of diabetes. Highly priced in Europe.
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.- CHUCHIWASI (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,
”Sangre de Drago”, Sangre de Grado”, ”Dragon´s 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.
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”, “Ñuño 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).
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
42.-. HUANARPO MACHO "Wild Huanarpo" (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. 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).
Maca. ( Lepidium meyenii ) Lepidium Meyenii. Euforbiaceas Fam.46 a - MACA (Lepidium meyeneii, Cruciferae), "Maka", "Peruvian Ginseng" A powerful root to increase energy also used for erectyle problems and impotense. Menopause natural treatments and anti aging too. Maca it is a root that was found at the Meseta of Bom Bom close to the Junin lake.. Maca plants have different size and shape that looks triangular, flattened circular. Maca hypocotyls may be yellow color, red, black, Each is considered a "genetically unique variety", as seeds of the parent plants grow to have roots of the same color.
Black Maca. He´s name it is due to the darker roots due that ic contain significant amounts of natural iodine. Black maca is it is maybe at the present the most powerful due to their stamina-promoting properties, being both sweet and slightly bitter in taste.
Red Maca. Recently a Researchers from the Cayetano Heredia University together with the International Potato Center in Peru found another variety with strong properties to aleviate the prostate problems due to his high content of
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. 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. It is also used as a contraceptive. Some natives wash the breast of dry mothers with the leaf tea.
47.- MUCURA (Petiveria alliacea) L.: Phytolaccaceae. female "Anamu", "Mucura”, ”Micura”, “Mucura Hembra”, ”Sacha ajo”, "Tipi".
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.
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.- MUÑA (Minthostachys setosa) Biq.: Lamiaceaes. ”Muña”, ”Arash muña”. 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,
51.- PAICO LEAF (Chenopodium ambrosioides) L.: Amaranthaceae. ”Cashua”, ”Paico”, ”Wormseed”. Cultivated.
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. 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.- Seven Roots(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
Sacha Inchi The Inca Peanut Plukeneteiavolubilis. it isa plant that grows at the tropical rainforest of Peru.
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.
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 anti-asthmatic, cancer, tumor, bronchitis, strong antibiotic, acts as steroidal, etc.
63- WINA 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.
66.- Cat´s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa), "Vilcacora", "Cat's claw" - Rubiaceae family
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
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)
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