When working with Plant Spirit Healing, we focus on the energy body and on supporting the person to be all that they can be, fulfilling their own true nature. We address the source of dis-ease rather than merely treating a symptom. Symptoms are signposts to be used as guidelines but they are not the dis-ease. There may be many manifestations of illness in a person but they all come from the same source – a disruption in one’s energy body. When we are not at home with ourselves or not living according to our own true nature, the energy becomes contradictory causing mis-alignment or vulnerability.
The plant spirits can fill us full of all that is needed to live according to our own true nature, walking the path meant for us. Plant Spirit Healing is not about achieving perfection or perfect health – it is about becoming fully you. All that does not serve us as we becomes what we truly are falls away and the plants work to bring us back into balance with our complete selves.
ABUTA (Abutta officinalis); A. grandifolia (Mart.) Sandwith
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
ACHIOTE LEAF (Bixa orellana)
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. ”
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.
AJOS SACHA ( Mansoa alliacea ) (Lam) : A. Gentry. Bignoniaceae “Ajo sacha”,
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.
AJOS KIRO or AJOS CASPI (Cordia alliodora) (R.&P) : Cham. Boraginaceae
Root has substances which have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
BOLAINA or MUTAMBA BARK'S (Guazuma ulmifolia)
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.
CLAVO HUASCA (Tynnanthus panurensis)
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.
COPAIBA OIL (Copaifera pauper)
Resin used as a cicatrizant, for gonorrhea, psoriasis, sores, catarrh, syphilis, and urinary problems. 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 Eczema, fungus, 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.
CHANCAPIEDRA (Phyllanthus niruri)
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.
CHUCHUHUASI (Maytenus macrocarpa)
"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. “Chuchuhuasi” is probably the best known of all jungle remedies, in Peru used as Aphrodisiac, anti-rheumatic and muscle relaxant medicine.
DRAGON'S BLOOD ”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.
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.
GUANABANA LEAF / GRAVIOLA (Annona muricata)
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.
GUAYABA LEAF (Psidium guayaba)
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.
ICOJA (Unonopsis Floribunda Diels.)
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.
IPORURO (Alchornea castaneifolia)
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.
JERGON SACHA (Dracontium loretense)
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).
MUCURA (Petiveria alliacea)
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.
MULLACA LEAF (Physalis angulate)
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.
OJE (Ficus insipida)
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.
PAICO LEAF (Chenopodium ambrosioides)
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.
PIRI PIRI ROOTS (Cyperus spp.)
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.
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.
SUELDA CON SUELDA (Phthirusa adunca)
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.
SHIRIC SANANGO (Brunfelsia grandiflora)
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.
TAHUARI or PAO DE ARCO (Tabebuia serratifolia)
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)
ZARZAPARILLA (Smilax longifolia)
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
UNA DE GATO (Uncaria tomentosa)
Uña de gato is the most sacred herb among the Ashaninkas, Campo and some other Amazonian tribes. According to indigenous Shamans Uña 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 Uña de Gato is helping to unify the two.
They believe that greed and anger often causes cancer, fear causes Asthma, etc.
SANGRE DE GRADO
TETA DE VACA
UÑA DE GATO
YAHUAR PIRI PIRI