Caigua: helps regulate the fat metabolism reducing blood cholesterol. Recommended in the treatment of hypertension.
Because of it's hypocholesterolemic and hypolipemic effects it is an ideal complement for people with overweight and high cholesterol problems. Seeds are recommended in hypertension treatment.
Peruvians use to eat Caigua (fruit) in their normal diet. A series of clinic studies have proven it's beneficial effects on human health, so it can be catalogued as a functional food. Caigua's main benefit is to reduce blood cholesterol levels. With this respect it has a double positive effect: on one side it helps to reduce LDL cholesterol, as known as bad cholesterol, and on the other hand, it helps to increase HDL cholesterol known as good cholesterol. Because of this double effect Caigua is an ideal complement in hypercholesterolemia treatment. One of the clinic studies performed in Universidad Cayetano Heredia (unicentral, randomized, double blind) with post menopause women determined that treatment with Caigua achieved to reduce from 75% to 12,5% hypercholesterolemy prevalence. Another study in humans demonstrated that Caugia treatment normalized cholesterol levels in 82% of hypercholesterolemic people treated in this study. Additionally anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects are attributed to this fruit while hypotensive effects are attributed to its seeds. This is considered as non-toxic product.
Chancapiedra: recommended to eliminate gall-stones and kidney stones as well as to treat kidney inflammations.
It is a small erect annual wild bush growing up to 30 to 60 cm in height. Its leaves are 7 to 12 cm long. Its small fruits measure 2 to 3 mm in diameter and are inside a compressed capsule. It has a long root, as well as triangular seeds.
It is indigenous to the Amazon's rainforest and other tropical areas, including the Bahamas, India and China.
The antispasmodic activity of alkaloids in Chancapiedra was documented by Brazilian researchers in the mid 1980's. The alkaloid extract demonstrated smooth muscle relaxation specific to the urinary and biliary tract, which the researchers surmised would facilitate the expulsion of kidney or bladder calculi. The antihepatotoxic (liver protecting) activity of Chancapiedra was attributed to two compounds called phyllanthin and hypophyllanthin.
Glycosides found in Chancapiedra demonstrated Aldose reductase (AR) inhibitory activity in studies conducted by a Japanese research group in 1988 and 1989. The analgesic activity of Chancapiedra was demonstrated in 1994 and 1995 by another research group in Brazil. The diuretic, hypotensive and hypoglycemic effects of Chancapiedra were documented in a 1995 human study which showed a significant diuretic effect, a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure in non-diabetic hypertensives and blood glucose was also significantly reduced in diabetic patients taking Chancapiedra for 10 days.
Chancapiedra gained world-wide attention in the late 1980's due to the plant's antiviral activity against Hepatitis B. Preliminary clinical trials on children with infective hepatitis showed promising results on that regard.
Numerous studies aimed at demonstrating the efficiency of the antiviral activity of this species have been conducted in the last decade.
The most recent research on Chancapiedra reveals that its antiviral activity extends to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A Japanese research group discovered HIV-1 reverse transcriptase inhibition properties in 1992 with a simple water extract of the plant. Therefore, it is necessary to deepen the research on this species to be able to determine its true medicinal potential.
Therapeutic action has been acknowledged in the following pathologies: asthma, pimples and blackheads, dermatosis, eczemas, gangrene, icterus, malaria, allergic rhinitis, shigellosis, urticaria, biliary reflux, dysentery, excoriations, hydropsy, lithiasis, nephritis, salmonellosis, syphilis, ulcers, urethral secretion, amenorrhea, cancer, diabetes, whitish discharge, hemorrhages, uterine colic, pruritus, scabies, vesical tenesmus, torpid ulcers, skin diseases, urogenital infection, stomach inflammation, malarial fevers, urinary tract calculi, renal disorders, mouth and throat infections, venereal diseases, biliary calculi and hepatic diseases.
Its beneficent effect for the liver and the results in the treatment of icterus have been proved in a clinical research by Dixit and Achar (1983) and by Syamasundar et al. (1985). This verification led to studies related to its possible action against hepatitis, especially against hepatitis B.
In 1982, a group of Indian scientists led by S.P. Thyagarajan proved in vitro that the extracts of this plant deactivate the surface antigen of the hepatitis B virus. This finding was verified by Venkateswaran et al. at the Chase Cancer Center of Philadelphia, who made experiments with the marmot's hepatitis virus, because its biological behavior is very similar to human hepatitis B.
Since last century, scholars of different countries have emphasized its beneficent action as diuretic; in 1941 Van Der Woerd conducted controlled tests and had a positive results on such regard.
Its traditional use in the treatment of diabetes has been confirmed by the experimental works by Ramakrishnan et al. (1982), who used water extracts of the plant orally. They verified a clear hypoglycemic activity in rabbits.
Hercampuri: used in the treatment hepatic affections and as blood purifier. Contributer in weight loss and cholesterol treatments. It is also highly recommended to treat liver and gall bladder affections and used as a general detoxification agent.
Healers from the Inca Era already used Hercampury. Its name comes from quechua word "Hjircan Pureck", which means "the one who walks from town to town" referred to the medicians who used this herb and traveled all towns using medicinal plants. Hercampury is a great fat-metabolism regulator; hence it is used to reduce exogenous type obesity. Due to the high amount of bitter substances of the plant, Hercampury is an excellent hepatic depurative, exercising its colagogue activity. This way it reduces LDL cholesterol levels, known as bad cholesterol, transforming them into bilinary acids. The plant's colagogue action facilitates bile secretion and as coleretic helps its excretion. Hercampury is used as a general detox-agent. Several studies performed at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos confirm these properties. Studies on acute toxicity determined the plant is innocuous, that is without secondary effects.
Maca: premium level natural energizer and stress reliever that acts as nutrient, restorative and stamina enhancer hence helping to cope with mental and physical tiredness. Proven fertility enhancer. Recommended as collateral in the treatment in menstrual irregularities and menopause problems. Used as aphrodisiac.
Maca, also know as Peruvian Ginseng, is a Peruvian plant cultivated between 3500 - 4500 m.a.s.l., that already had an important role during the Inca Empire, where it was used as part of feeding ration given to the best Inca warriors, to have more energy, strength and vitality. At the present time its nutritional value has been acknowledged. For this reason NACA uses Maca within its nutritional program and also FAO includes it in its list of products to fight against nutritional problems.
Maca's nutritional value comes partly from its high protein content and the quantity of amino acids (18 amino acids including 7 of 9 essential amino acids), carbohydrates and other compounds as fatty oils (2 of 3 essentials), minerals and vitamins. Maca's therapeutic effects are due to the presence of secondary metabolites like alkaloids, glucosinolates, sterols, phenolic compounds and others, that have been analyzed in a series of studies performed in Peru and other countries.
Because of Maca's physical and mental energizing effect it is an ideal supplement for vast range of people, for sportsmen/women to students, professionals, older people and others.
Sangre de Grado (Dragon's blood): natural cicatrisation agent recommended especially in the treatment of ulcers and gastritis. It's known to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
Dradon's Blood (Sangre de Grado or Sangre de Drago) is red latex from a tree of the Peruvian Amazon, which became famous due to its high content of an alkaloid known as taspine and an oligomeric proanthosyanidine (SP-303). Dragon's blood is rich in secondary metabolites like other alkaloids, phenols, sterols, lignans and other phenoloic compounds. Wound healing and cicatrization properties as well as anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic effects in tumor cells are attributed to the alkaloid taspine. The cicatrisation process is additionally supported by the proanthosyanidines (anti-oxidant effect) and the lignans. The antimicrobial effect of the polyphenols are strengthens the cicatrisation effect of the resin. Several scientific studies of different countries have proved the cicatrisation properties of Dragon's Blood. The anti-ulcer effect has also been accounted for in scientific studies, indicating that its effect is supported by a gastric mucosa protective effect.
Further more, several studies have shown antiviral and antimicrobial activity against herpes virus, influenza, hepatitis, RSV, bacteria Gram (+), dermatophytic fungus amongst others.
Una de Gato (Cat's Claw): powerful natural anti-inflammatory recommended for the treatment of arthritic and rheumatic problems, articulation and osteomuscular pains. Anti-mutagenic. Fortifies the immune system and it is also used as a collateral in cancer/ tumor/AIDS treatments and other.
Cat's Claw is one of Peru's most important medicinal plants. In the First International Conference on this species, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), it was pointed out that no other rainforest has ever prompted such worldwide attention since quinine was discovered in the bark of a Peruvian tree in the 17th century.
Peruvian jungle natives, as Ashaninkas, Campas and Amueshas, have been using this plant for a long time to heal many diseases.
There are many scientific studies that confirm the effects mentioned above, as well as others described in our data sheet. Several alkaloids, quinovic acid glycosides, triterpenes, sterols and many other phytochemical compounds, generating therapeutic effects, have been identified. The anti-inflammatory effect is related to quinovic acid glycosides while the immuno-stimulant effect is more related to the plant's alkaloids. However scientific studies mainly conclude that the most interesting effect occurs when there is a combination of all active principles, since they have a synergic effect on the organism.
Cat's Claw has been even compared with some known synthetic drugs like indomethacine or ibuprofen and the studied cases indicated greater effects from Cat's Claw.
We must highlight the importance to check on the supplying source, which must assure the presence of the necessary active principles to create a beneficial health effect. In this respect, we have an exclusive know-how that identifies correctly the plants we use, guaranteeing a proved-quality product to our customers.
Calmasan (in development): natural sedative and tranquilizer. Helps to cope with nervous alterations and irritability.
Calmasan optimizes the functionality of four medicinal plants of well-known action on the nervous system, especially when insomnia is present. Each plant contributes its properties to make our product complete and the most effective one. The flowers of Chamomile (Matricaria recutita L) contains apigenin of verified ansiolitic and smooth sedative effect without causing muscular relaxation, in other words, it manages to calm the anxiety without causing any alteration to the normal activity of the person. The Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis L) leaves are from recognized sedative action, antiinsomnia, indispensable ingredient in all middle age "youth elixirs" for its relaxing action on the person that uses it. The Valerian root (Valeriana pinnnatifida L) has been a natural tranquilizer by excellence, used in several cultures for many years for its effects on the nervous system. Since 1957, 12 monoterpenes and 17 sesquiterpenes responsible for the sedative property of this pant have been isolated; between these components is valeranone, that exerts a sedative effect in addition to a blood pressure lowering activity. The leaves of Pimpinell (Sanguisorba minor Scop) are also used for this aim, as they are sedative and smooth relaxing agent because of the action of it's glycoside flavonoids, phenols, among other components.
All the species mentioned above have been used for many years for their action on the nervous system, in addition to not presenting any type of side effect or addiction in contrast to synthetic drugs used for the same goal.
Geranium Dielsianum Knuth
Uncaria Tomentosa (Wild)DC):
used in the treatment of diabetes due to its hypoglycemiant effect (reduces the blood sugar levels) and its stimulating effect on the pancreas.
Diabetisan is a blend of extracts of two Peruvian medicinal plants: Pasuchaca (Geranium Dielsianum Knuth) and Cats claw (Uncaria Tomentosa (Wild)DC. Pasuchaca is well known for its hypoglycemic effect and as a blood purifier. In vivo studies has shown that Pasuchaca is able to reduce blood sugar levels upto 30% without showing any negative side effects. This effect seems to be related to the one induced by oral hypoglycemiants of the biguanidine type. Cat's Claw has long been known anti-inflammatory and imminostimulating effects, among other beneficial properties, which have been proven in dozens of scientific studies around the world.
The combined effect of both plants is a very interesting hypoglycemic effect in humans. The result of clinical study with glucose intolerant patients treated with this product have been very encouraging and they demonstrate that the results which have been obtained in previous studies on Pasuchaca can be enhanced and applied to human beings showing even other positive side effects like a moderate reduction is cholesterol levels.
Diabetes is one of the ailments with the fastest world wide growth rates in our times. Diabetisan is the natural product that can help millions of people get a better control on their hyperglycemia problems.
Fitolax (in development): natural laxative used to cope with constipation.
Components: Senna extract, Tamarind and Magnesium sulphate.
Natuslim: recommended in the treatment of obesity. Combining the depurative and diuretic properties of its components it helps to reduce the corporal fat and liquid and to reduce the level of blood cholesterol hence reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems.
Natuslim is a mixture of four medicinal plants: Caigua, Seaweed, Hercampuri and Garlic . The combination of their depurative, lipolytic and diuretic properties allows Naturslim to diminish corporal liquids and fats, to reduce the bad cholesterol level, helping to control the overweight and other metabolic alterations, contributing this way to reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems. Each component has a specific action within the complex:
Caigua: regulates metabolism of fats and sugar in blood, diminishing cholesterol.
Seaweed: the seaweed contain mucilaginous compounds that improve the detoxifying and eliminatory functions of the digestive system, absorbing toxins from the intestine and providing volume to the nutritional skittle, giving a sensation of fullness. Additionally it helps to regulate the thyroid metabolism due to itsiodine content.
Hercampury: acts as hypocholesterolemic and its bitter compounds improve the digestive juice and enzymes production, particularly bile, constituting a biliary litiastic and also an excellent diuretic and purifier.
Garlic: it reduces cholesterol, increases the circulation and reinforces the immunological system; it promotes the sweating and the production of digestive juice.
Prostasana: recommended as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of problems related to the uro-genital system, especially in prostate inflammations. Duiretic and cicatrisation agent.
Prostasana is a blend if extracts of two medicinal plants: Cat's Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa (Willd) DC) and Annato (Bixa orellana L.) Cat's Claw has long been known for it's anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating and antimutagenic effects among other beneficial properties, which have been proven in dozen of scientific studies around the world. Also Annato is better known as a source of natural colour, its therapeutic effects have also been shown in scientific studies in animals and humans. A study made on women with cervicocolpitis demonstrates the antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antifungal and also anti-inflammatory effects of this plant.
Nevertheless, the combined effect of both plants on the genitourinary tract, especially on prostate are immensely remarkable. The results of the study made with 80 men suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia BPH treated with this product had excellent results. 65% of treated patients radically improved their condition while 40% of treated patients went out of the treatment without any symptoms, which clearly shows efficacy if this combination.
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Achiote: genitourinary and anti-inflammatory especially prostate problems, cicatrisation agent, anti-hypertensive (the detailed product description is available on request)
Other Names: Annatto, Lipstick Tree - Country of Origin: Tropical America
The Taínos called it bija or bixa. The name Achiote is by origin Aztec (achiotl) and the southern indigenous people named it pumacua or chacuanguarica.
Description: A small tree with a round head, generally grown as an ornamental because of its lovely flowers of various colors. The seeds of the flower have a reddish powder which is used as a vegetable tint for soaps, rice, margarine, cheese and many other products. It is believed to come from Brazil but was carried throughout Central and South America by the Indians, who used the coloring as body paint, and by women, who used it as lipstick. The dye contains Vitamin C. Annatto Properties Favored by Aztec's for sunstroke, jaundice, tonsillitis, oral excoriations, burns, leprosy, asthma, pleuresia (inflammation of the membrane that covers the lungs), sleep apnea, rectal disorders and headaches.
For tonsillitis and oral excoriations
For burns and leprosy
For Pleurisies and Apnea
For neurological in nature headaches
Attributed Medicinal Properties Annatto was once used to control fevers, dysentery and kidney diseases.
Asmachilca: cough, bronchitis, expectorant, anti-infectious
Synonyms: Eupatorium triplinerve, Eupatorium ayapana, Aristeguietia gayana, Eupatorium gayanum, Asteraceaes., "asnac".
Asmachilca (Aristigueitia ballii) is used to treat respiratory system disorders like allergies, bronchial asthma, and common colds. It is said that one glass of Asmachilca tea made from leaves, stems, and flowers at night may greatly reduce bronchitis and asthma problems. It clears up mucus, eases breathing, and the results are visible after few days of usage.
Asmachilca contains: eupatorinosid glycoside, tannins, mucilages and pectoral substances. It is used as a broncho-dilating plant which is administered during inter-crisis periods or when the asthmatic crisis is starting. Biological tests and experimental studies provide references on its hypotensor and hypothermal action. The mechanisms responsible for its beneficial effects are not known but may be related to relaxation to flat muscles, which would as well explain its broncho-dilating action. Its traditional use is by oral intake.
Canchalagua: metabolism regulator and blood purifier, dermatologic
Other Names: Schkuhria pinnata s. Scoparia dulcis L. Scrophulariaceae. Escobilla, Ñuño pichana, Piqui pichana, Vassourinha, Sweet Broomweed, Anisillo, Cancharagua, 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.
Cartilago de Tiburon (Shark Cartilage): anti-inflammatory, immunnestimulant, suggested to be anti-tumor by several scientists. Supports the Immune System. Nutritional Support for Joint Health
The shark is one of the most remarkable creatures on the face of the earth. Existing
virtually unchanged for 250 million years, shark's are unique in that they have a natural immunity to almost every disease known to man. When a shark is wounded, it heals quickly. The shark is the only animal with a skeleton comprised entirely of cartilage which accounts for between six to eight percent of its body weight.
Shark cartilage is a pure source of an important family of carbohydrates called mucopolysaccharides.
Shark cartilage is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and wound healing substance. It also boosts the human immune system, which makes it effective against bacteria, virus and fungal infections.
Shark cartilage has also been proven effective in treating osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, colitis, ulcers, eczema, acne, hemorrhoids, spinal disorders or sciatica, shingles, and variety of other debilitating diseases.
Chuchuhuasi: anti-inflammatory, immunestimulant, pain reliever, muscular relaxation, aphrodisiatic, respiratory problems
Other Names: Maytenus Macrocarpa, Celastraceae, Chuchasha, Chuchuasi etc.
Considered as 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. Boiled stems are useful for arthritis and rheumatism. Chuchuhuasi is also well known 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.
Clavo Huasca: potent aphrodisiac especially for women, analgesic used to relieve aching muscles and arthritis pains, also employed to reduce fever and as digestive aid (the detailed product description is available on request).
Product description: Clavo Huasca is an aromatic vine that is often found climbing to the forest canopy in Amazonian Peru whose tincture, a rather pleasant and warming liquor, is highly regarded as an impotency remedy, for weak erections, and as an effective libido booster especially for women by the Shipibo-Conibo (Peru), Kayapo and Assurini (Brazil) Indian tribes in the Amazon rainforest who kept it well secret amongst their folks for centuries. The name means "clove vine" and refers to the rich clove-like scent of the trunk and leaves.
Clavo Huasca is an important ingredient in two famous herbal formulas for impotency and frigidity which are sold widely in the herbal markets and stores in Peru as aphrodisiacs and for sexual potency, one of which is called Siete Raices (Seven Roots) and the other is Rompe Calzon (Bust your Britches). In addition, this vine tincture is also employed for fever, aching muscles and arthritis pain in Peruvian herbal medicine.
Among its constituents the chemical substance eugenol hes been reported which acts as a topical pain-reliever and is responsible for its clove-like enchanting aroma, being able to be used also in the aromatherapy. As an aphrodisiac, Clavo Huasca is traditionally prepared by macerating the vine bark and wood in alcohol, or most commonly, the local sugar cane rum called aguardiente.
For this extract the manufacturer uses new and proprietary extraction methods to concentrate and preserve the active ingredients found in this amazing rainforest vine. It is highly concentrated and is rich in active and beneficial phytochemicals which occur mainly in this plant.
Flor de Arena: anti-inflammatory for liver and kidney, elimination of uric acid.
The Andean plant, Flor de Arena is one of the most frequently recommended in the herbal therapies. The material used in the phytotherapy is the not crumbled inflorescence of the plant whose name in Latin is Tiquilia paronychioides . Its leaves are ovate in shape, flowers are gathered in racemes. Small shoots and leaves are covered with fine hairs. The raw material is grey, without a scent. The plant is harvested in the wild.
The raw material is characterized by high content of calcium and iron. The analysis of the aqueous extract presents the transmission capability of these elements into the solution, which is used in the form of infusion.
Short characteristics of the discussed raw material and its influence on human health is presented below:
The rosmarinic acid has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant properties.
The caffeic acid reveals bacteriostatic, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective activity.
The presence of the quercetin with similar properties enhances this activity - mainly the properties such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, as well as modestly hypoglycaemic, anti-aggregative and it also alleviates the radiotherapy effects.
The rutoside is a valuable plant constituent due to its antioxidant and blood vessel protective properties.
The hyperoside besides having the anti-inflammatory effect has diuretic properties (which supports cleansing of the body).
The present in Flor de Arena sterols also enhance the anti-inflammatory properties of the raw material as well as they have the anti-fever properties and support healing of the prostate inflammatory conditions. Fatty acids influence positively the skin condition, protect blood vessel walls and support lipid management.
Extremely valuable unsaturated fatty acids , such as a-linolenic acid , partake in forming of the anti-inflammatory mediators in human body. The benefits of iron and calcium for the human health are obvious, and their presence in Flor de Arena is significant. All the compound groups contained in the raw material of Flor de Arena possess documented and well known, diversified biological activity. Due to their properties, they can have beneficial impact on the "body cleansing" process, or detoxification.
Graviola: due to its anti-timorous property it is recommended as complement in the anti-neoplastic chemotherapy and especially in therapies related to colon tumors. In addition to this Graviola has antispasmodic, blood pressure lowering and relaxing properties.
Product description: for more then half a century research on Graviola's different parts have been made with the purpose to corroborate the abundant pharmacologic properties that have been traditionally given by indigenous communities. Nowadays not only many of the beneficial effects described in ethno botanic reports, which settlers of these communities take advantage of, have been confirmed but also a new field of unsuspected dimensions has opened in cancer treatment, for which more effective drugs and with less toxic effects on the patient are urgent. The biological properties from this tree are mainly based on the annonaceous acetogennins these waxy compounds are only found in these plants family. A study demonstrated a celective cytotoxic activity 10,000 times greater from an acetogenin of Graviola in comparison to the activity from a pharmaceutical drug used in chemotherapy for a certain tumor cell type.
Hercampury: hypocolesterolemic, colagogue, coleretic, blood depurative, liver infections.
Hercampury recommended as a complement in treatments for weight and cholesterol reduction. It is also used to treat hepatic affections and as blood purifier. Hercampury has also diuretic effects (please see the detailed information in "Monoplant" section above).
Iporuro: arthritis, osetoarthritis, antirheumatic, muscular pains (the detailed product description is available on request)
For centuries the people of South America have used the bark and leaves of Iporuro for many different purposes and prepared it in many different ways. Alchornea Floribunda (Iporuro, Nando) is used in Gabonese religions where the root has a reputation as an intoxicant and aphrodisiac. The plant commonly is used with other plants during shamanistic training and, sometimes, is an ingredient in ayahuasca (a hallucinogenic, multi-herb decoction used by South American shamans). Throughout the Amazon the bark or leaves are tinctured (generally with the local rum, called aguardiente) as a local remedy for arthritis and muscle pains. It is well known to the indigenous peoples of Peru for relieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis, and in aiding flexibility and range of motion. The pain-relieving properties of Iporuro appear in topical treatments; crushed leaves are rubbed on painful joints and are beaten into a paste to apply to painful stingray wounds. The leaves of Iporuro tree, found in the Amazonian Rainforest, are used to increase female fertility, and is also highly regarded as a remedy for impotency.
Iporuro has been gaining popularity among North American athletes and health practitioners recently; reports indicate that Iporuro provides nutritional support to muscle and joint structures. It is also showing great promise in balancing sugar levels in diabetics.
Maca: premium level natural energizer and stress reliever that acts as nutrient, restorative and stamina enhancer hence helping to cope with mental and physical tiredness. Proven fertility enhancer. Recommended as collateral in the treatment for menstrual irregularities and menopause problems. Used as aphrodisiac (please find more information in "Monoplant" section above)
Functions: anti-anaphylactic, antiasthmatic, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, bronchiodilator, depurative, diuretic, laxative, vulnerary.
It is a multi branched weedy perennial herb which grows 50 cm tall and produces numerous light purple flowers and small green fruits/bean in 3 cm long pods. It is indigenous to many tropical countries, found growing in open forests, pastures, yards and roadsides.
Tribes in the Amazon Rainforest use Manayupa medicinally today as much as they had for many years. The plant is infused in water and given to people who suffer from nervousness and used in baths to treat vaginal infections. Some tribes believe the plant has magic powers and it is given to the lover who has lost interest in his mate to make him/her. Rio Pastaza natives in the Amazon brew a leaf tea and wash the breast of dry mothers with it to promote lactation. Other Amazon tribes use it as a contraceptive. Additional indigenous tribal uses include using leaf decoction for consumption, pounded leaves are applied with lime juice to wounds, and a leaf infusion is used for convulsions and venereal sores. A ethnobotanical survey interviewing over 8,000 natives in various parts of Brazil showed that a decoction of the dried roots of Manayupa is a popular tribal remedy for malaria. The Garifuna indigenous tribe in Nicaragua use a leaf decoction of Manayupa internally for diarrhea, venereal disease and a digestive aid.
Muna: digestive, antispasmodic.
Common names: Arash, Muña - Muña
Botanical Name: Minthostachys setosa
Used by digestive infusion to regulate menstruation, nervous trembling, and heart beating, colic, flatulence, amenorrhea.
The decoction is used against muscular and rheumatic pain. Fights breathing infections produced by bacteria. It is recommended against pulmonary infections. It is a guaranteed organic antibiotic, works effectively against fungus.
Botanical name: Geranium Delsianum
Properties: Hypoglycemic action upon several kind of diabetes reducing glucose level and performing protective/curative effect - it enhances the pancreatic function. It has also been considered very strong astringent; it has been used to fight chronic diarrheas, cholera, hemorrhages, throat and mouth inflammations and ulcer.
In homeopathic medicine it is recommended, besides the mentioned cases, for blennorrhagia, hemoptysis, menorrhagia, breast ulcer, stomach atony and laryngitis.
Sacha Jergon: immunestimulant, antiviral.
Species: longipes, loretense, peruviuanum
Common Names: Jergón Sacha, Sacha Jergon, Heirba del Jergon
Part Used: Root
Sacha Jergon (Dracontium peruvianum) has long been used by indigenous tribes to treat snakebites in the Amazon region, especially bites from the genus Bothrops. The mottled appearance of the plant looks similar to these types of snakes. To treat these bites, a cold-brewed tea is made from chopped up roots and is consumed. As well, chopped root is placed against the bite and changed periodically. A similar treatment is used by some tribes to treat spider bites, stingray wounds, and wounds from poison arrows whose tips infused with poisons taken from animals like frogs.
In Peruvian natural herbal medicine, it is used as a natural remedy for gastrointestinal problems, hand tremors, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and to enhance general immune strength.
The effects of Sacha Jergon on snakebite and the claims made in its use to treat a variety of diseases and to increase immune function could possibly be due to the presence of protease inhibitors in the plant. Protease inhibitors prevent certain enzymes from functioning properly, and these enzymes are often active components in biological processes, including key roles in diseases such as HIV as well as venom in snakes.
No clinical studies exist on Sacha Jergon. Limited research has been performed by a doctor in Iquitos , Peru on the use of Sacha Jergon to treat AIDS in combination with cat's claw. His dissemination of positive results has led to widespread use of Sacha Jergon in South America and Europe.
Adverse Reactions: none reported.
Sangre De Grado (Dragon's blood): natural cicatrisation agent recommended especially in the treatment of ulcers and gastritis. It's known to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties (see the description in Monoplant section above).
Tahuari: antitumoral (lapachol content), bronchial affections, flu, leishmaniasis, diabetes.
Other names: Pau D'Arco, Taheebo, Palo De Arco, Ipe Roxo, Lapacho, Ipes
Parts used: Inner Bark
Properties/Action: antibiotic, immune-stimulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti- tumors, HIV, very potent antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-parasiticidal, anti-cancer.
Indians use the inner bark of the Lapacho tree found only in the uncontaminated, ozone-pure air high in the Andes of South America. It is a powerful herb purple in color. The highly advanced Inca Indians named it the "Giver of Life" and used it for centuries as their primary medicine.
John Heinerman, a medical anthropologist who specializes in the study of herbal medicines, says, "It sounds too good to be true, but it seems to have earned for itself considerable merit in the successful treatment of most forms of cancer, diabetes, and certain other debilitating diseases..." .
Clinical studies showed that Tahuari has no contraindications, no incompatibilities, and has been proven to be non-toxic. However, the most innocuous of agents could finally become toxic if taken in large enough amounts.
Dr. Norman Farnsworth of the University of Illinois confirms the claims that Tahuari contains a substance that is highly effective against cancers. While many herbs are credited with properties that stop cell growth, Tahuari contains compounds, which seem to attack the cause of the disease.
Dr. James Duke of the National Institute of Health (NIH) agrees that Tahuari undoubtedly contains a substance found to be highly effective against cancers.
Analysis of the bark indicates that a derivative known as lapachol has antibiotic, anti-fungal, immune-stimulant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Research shows it to be effective against Candida and other annoying fungal infections, that it lowers blood sugar levels, and promotes good digestion. Many traditional herbalists believe that it strengthens and balances the immune system. Using Tahuari tea may combat infection, give greater vitality, strengthen cellular structure, and help to eliminate pain and inflammations. Clinical studies show it has no contraindications, no incompatibilities, and has proven to be non-toxic. It has been used to treat almost every disease.
Una de Gato (Cat's Claw): powerful natural anti-inflammatory recommended for the treatment of arthritic and rheumatic problems, articulation and osteomuscular pains. Anti-mutagenic. Fortifies the immune system and it is also used as a collateral in cancer and tumor treatments (see the description in Monoplant section above).
Yacon: Peruvain Yacón (Llacon) grows at altitudes under 9,300 feet high, in climates that are warmer and more humid than those in which other tubers usually grow. Yacón usually grows in small farm orchards in mountains valleys. The area of the crop has not expanded much in recent decades. In some Andean valleys, Yacón is sold at market fairs
Yacon - the root of a tall, leafy plant with tiny yellow sunflowers that Inca "chasquis," or messengers, pulled from the path side to slake their thirst - is thought to have originated in an Andean region of Peru.
Varieties: this root has little variability. It mainly has white or yellowish transparent flesh. Peru has the greatest number of varieties, and is the world's biggest producer with an estimated 1,480 acres under cultivation.
Yacon is the ideal product for diabetics. The fructose in the Yacon root consist of 35% free and 25% bonded fructose. Thus carbohydrates can be supplied even when the concentration of blood sugar is low. That prevents diabetics from hyperglycemia (over-activity).
That means Yacon is naturally low-calorie - a jar of Yacon syrup contains half the calories as a same-sized jar of honey - and its sugar does not raise blood glucose levels.
In addition, oligofructose promotes beneficial bacteria in the colon. Certain modern health products, such as so-called bio-yogurts, have oligofructose added to achieve the same effect, but Yacon already has that quality naturally." It's a diet food and a diabetic food," said Yacon expert Michael Hermann, Research Project leader of the Andean roots and tubers.
Yacon's oligofructose properties were discovered by ancient Peruvians, but the modern medicine found out that if the leaves are used in tea, it has the effect of avoiding the peaks that you have when eating sugary or starchy food, when your blood sugar level goes up violently, one of the biggest problems of a diabetics person, who have high blood sugar levels and whose bodies do not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that would normally be released to process food.
Benefits: Dr. H Brams said Yacon roots themselves had not been proven to have the same palliative effect as the leaves. Even so, Yacon is now popularly associated in Peru with diabetes, though other benefits such as its laxative quality and ability to help prevent colon cancer and osteoporosis are less well known.
Contents: several carbohydrates: fructose, glucose, sucrose, low polymerization degree (DP) oligosaccharides (DP 3 to 10 fructans), and traces of starch. Oligofructans with a lower DP (average 4.3) may account for up to 67% of the dry matter content at harvest. Oligosaccharides purified from Yacon have been identified as beta-(2 1)-fructooligosaccharides with terminal sucrose (inulin type oligofructans). The root contains 86-90% water and only traces of protein and lipids. It is high in oligofructose (also called fructo-oligosaccharide), a dietary sugar, which the human body does not metabolize, hence its potential use for diabetics and in body weight control. Moreover, increased intake of oligofructose has been associated with improved gut health because of the stimulation of (beneficial) bifidus bacteria in the colon.
Yacon is a tender perennial, meaning that it lives for many years but needs to be protected from frost. Other tender perennials are potatoes
(which, along with Yacon, originate from the high Andes) and Dahlias.