medicinal plants amazon

MEDICINAL PLANTS in amazon rainforest

We will learn about medicinal and ancestral uses such as Ajo-Sacha, Uña De Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, Ayahuasca and many others.

Near our Amazon Refuge, you will discover how the jungle contributes to local healing. Plants play a fundamental role for indigenous peoples as food, medicine, clothing and building materials.

In the Peruvian jungle, people have used plants for medicinal purposes long before official scientific treatments were developed. In fact, here in Tambopata, many indigenous people still visit the local shaman, a traditional healer. With the shaman, they can receive treatment for anything from insomnia to cancer. As you hike the trail, we will teach you about these plants and their ingenious uses.

Exploring traditional shamanic culture: Long before European and American scientists realized the medicinal potential of Amazonian plants, rainforest cultures had accumulated an extensive knowledge base. By learning about the traditional uses of Amazonian plants, we can begin to understand and respect native cultures.

Here are the miracles of the Amazon: there are thousands of plant species in the Amazon, many of which have incredible uses. These plants developed compounds to defend themselves from animals that ate their leaves and dug tunnels in their trunks. As a result, native populations have studied and used these natural chemicals for thousands of years.

There is no doubt that the use of medicinal plants has had great positive results for the organism and that our country is blessed with 1,109 medicinal plants, of which 980 species come from the Amazon.


  • Leaves: Skin infections: soak 9 to 12 leaves in a liter of water overnight and then apply to the wound.
  • Overnight and then apply to the lesion.
  • Vaginal antiseptic and healing: soak 9-12 leaves in a liter of water overnight
  • overnight in one liter of water. The liquid is used as a vaginal wash.
  • Hepatitis: make a decoction of the leaf buds .
  • Vomiting: infusion, put three leaves per cup, take one cup three times a day.
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  • Applications


Fever: decoction of 10 g of fresh leaves in 250 ml for 5 minutes.

minutes. Take twice a day until the fever disappears.

Urinary infections, gas: infusion: 10 g of fresh leaves in 200 ml of water.

Leave to infuse for five minutes. Take a cup before

before meals.

Aperitif: as above.

Cardiovascular, antispasmodic: take a cup of infusion of fresh leaves.

fresh leaves.

Rheumatism, dry cough and headache: infusion of a tablespoon of chopped leaves in a glass of water.

of crushed leaves in a glass of water. Take a glass three times a day.



It has a stimulant action due to theobromine, an alkaloid related to caffeine.

related to caffeine. Air-dried beans contain

1.2% of this substance in air-dried beans, 2.3% in cocoa powder.

  • Uses.


Dried cough: boil the seed husk to make a thick chocolate; take one cup three times a day.

Drink one cup three times a day.



  • Uses


Hepatitis: 15-20 roots, well cleaned, to be boiled in two liters of water for 30 minutes.

for 30 minutes. It can be taken with other sweet infusions until the yellow color of the skin (jaundice) disappears.

The yellow color of the skin (jaundice) disappears.



  • Uses


Rheumatism: in alcoholic maceration: put 250 g of dried roots,

especially those that come out of the ground, crumble, after removing the superficial part.

remove the superficial part. Put in a bottle with brandy.

Drink every morning on an empty stomach.

This preparation can also be mixed with honey, in equal parts.

in equal parts. Drink a glass in the morning and at night for a month.


Rheumatism: the bark in decoction. Take a small glass on an empty stomach.

Colds and bronchitis: scrape 200 g of bark and boil in two liters of water for one hour.

liters of water for one hour. Filter the resulting liquid and put it in a bottle.

Put it in a bottle and add a quarter liter of brandy. Take and leave to macerate for 10 days.

Leave to macerate for 10 days. Take a spoonful in the morning for 15 days.

15 days.

Antidiarrheal: boil the bark with a little water; take a spoonful every three hours.

Take a spoonful every three hours.

Hemorrhoids: use the decoction of the bark for steam baths.

sitz baths.

Sinus conditions: one cup of bark, grated or in pieces,

is boiled in 3 cups of water.



  • Uses


Common cold: take a cup of the root infusion before going to bed.

before going to bed.


Headaches, fevers, colic, anti-inflammatory: crush the leaves to obtain a phlegmy juice.

obtaining a phlegmy juice; it is diluted in a glass with water

adding a few drops of lemon. It is given to the patient to drink four

four times a day.

Burns: crush the leaves and apply to the affected area in the form of compresses or soaked leaves.

as compresses or soaked leaves.

Skin infections: same as above.

Cough: infusion of the leaves.


Inflamed and irritated eyes: cook 30 g of flowers and leaves in a liter of water.

liter of water; the liquid is used for external washing.

Constipation: crushed flowers and leaves are left to “serenade”,

diluted in water; take as time water.



  • Uses


Urinary infections: drink a cup every eight hours of a decoction of 10-15 grams in a liter of water.

a decoction of 10-15 grams in a liter of water.

Odontalgias: mouthwashes with the infusion of the bark.

Leaves Rheumatism, catarrh, hoarseness and asthma: an infusion of 100 g of leaves in a liter of water.

leaves in a liter of water.

Tonic, anemia: the infusion of 40 g of fresh leaves or 10 g of dried leaves are reputed as a tonic.

dried have a reputation as a tonic.

Fruit Seed Burns: apply the pulp oil of the fruit.

Decays: (White discharge). The dried seeds are reduced to powder. It

prepare a decoction of plantain leaves, mixed with a teaspoon of this powder.

teaspoon of this powder. Take once a day.

Dysentery, antidiarrheal: the seed in infusion or decoction, combined with burnt bread and sugar, is taken once a day.

with burnt bread and sugar, is used to combat amoebic diarrhea.

Snake bite: wash the wound with the decoction of the seed.

Contraceptives: dry the seed and grind it; the powder obtained is mixed with food.

is mixed with food.



  • Root


Urinary infections: take as time water the decoction of the root and young leaves.

root and young leaves.

Wounded Leaves: crushed fresh leaves, apply on the lesion.

Mastitis: crushed leaves help the healing of cracks in the nipples.

nipple cracks.

Fruits Intestinal parasitosis: frequent consumption of papaya fruits,

with three to four seeds at a time, helps to prevent parasites (worms) from settling in the

not to settle in the intestine.

Constipation: the latex of the green fruit, diluted with water, is a strong purgative.



  • Uses


Intestinal parasitosis: the frequent consumption of the fruits of the pineapple

helps to avoid the settlement of parasites in the intestine.



  • Uses


Contractures: rub the affected area with the dried leaves, heated on fire.

to the fire. It is very effective in torticollis (contracture of the neck muscles).

of the neck).

Sap Respiratory processes: take a cup of sap on an empty stomach every morning.

mornings. It helps in the treatment of tuberculosis.

Bark Ulcers: the half-dried bark, heated on the fire, is applied on ulcers.

on ulcers.

Fruit Antidiarrheal: drink two or three tablespoons of green plantain decoction every two hours.

every two hours.

A diet of roasted green plantain can be used against amoebic dysentery.

amoebic dysentery.


SANGRE DE GRADO / medicinal plant.

  • Uses


Throat ulcers: gargle with four drops of resin diluted in half a glass of warm water.

diluted in half a glass of warm water. Repeat the operation at night

nights for seven days.

Tonsillitis: same procedure as above.

Hemorrhages: apply the resin directly on the wound.

Vaginal antiseptic: in vaginal washes use 40 drops of resin diluted with warm water.

diluted with warm water. Preferably at night.


TABACO Nicotina tabacum L.

  • Uses

Whole plant Skin infections: daily washes with a decoction of 5 g of tobacco for 5 to 10 minutes.

5 g of tobacco for 5 to 10 minutes; helps to control scabies and scratching.


Leaves Headaches: fresh leaves are used in poultice.

Odontalgias: fresh leaves are chewed until pain is relieved.

Skin parasites: the dried leaves together with those of “ñucño

pichana” (Scopria dulcis), are used to asphyxiate the worm

“macaco” (larvae) that parasitizes the skin of man and dog.


UÑA DE GATO: Uncaria guianensis / medicinal plant

  • Uses


Snake bite: boiled bark is placed on the bite or damaged area and secured with a bandage.

Bite or damaged area, secured with a bandage.

Rheumatism: macerate 100 g of bark in a liter of brandy.

Take one glass a day in the morning. Let 100 g of bark soak in a liter of brandy.

of bark in a liter of boiling water. We recommend taking half a glass three times a day.

Boil 5 g of bark in a liter of water for 30 minutes.

Drink a small cup three times a day before meals.

Biliary colic: to the liquid obtained from the bark decoction, add a quarter of a bottle of brandy.

add a quarter bottle of brandy and let it macerate for eight days.

Steep for eight days. take three times a day a single glass.

Inflammation of the prostate: boil five grams of bark in one liter of water for 30 minutes.

liters of water for 30 minutes. Recommended to take only one glass three times a day.

before meals. This natural medicine treatment should be continued for 30 days.

Wounds, ulcers and pyoderma: A concentrated decoction of the bark is used as a topical treatment.

The bark is used as a topical treatment (washes).

Leaves Fever and cough: a decoction of the leaves, serenaded, is taken three times a day.

Inflammation of the prostate: the crushed leaves are applied on the external part, at the level of the prostate.

The external part, at the level of the prostate. Repeat the operation for 20 days.


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