We offer over 100 species of medicinal herbs, therapeutic teas, and 60 classic formulations presented as liquid extracts, capsules and salves. Our product line is renowned for extremely high potency, well-crafted compounds which maximize the synergistic value of time tested remedies. Formulated over centuries of popular use and supported by research, the efficacy of the Amazon pharmacopeia offers herbalists and medical doctors a new range of stunning phyto-nutrients and natural drug compounds. These offerings effectively broaden the therapeutic repertoire of natural healing on many levels of medicine; both allopathic and naturopathic.
Amazon Therapeutic Laboratories is a vertically integrated company with offices and research facilities in both North and South America. This allows us to work directly with botanists, tribal leaders, universities and laboratories to cultivate and research traditional medicines which are found to be beneficial for both humans and the land.
We believe that empirical wisdom and modern science can combine important resources for a long term vision of biological health. We are adamant in support of indigenous land rights and intellectual property. Our trademarks and proprietary formulations are registered on behalf of indigenous societies in the Amazon Basin and Andes Mountains. A portion of each sale is designated to help protect natural heritage through conservation projects.
From their far lands, nearly 300 miles from the nearest city, father and son discuss the variants in morphology and pharmacological action of an herbal medicine, part of their indigenous pharmacopeia. The Cashinahua Indians inhabit the Purus river watershed of Brazil and Peru and remain isolated to this day. Their indigenous medicine includes specific details for the popular uses of at least 300-500 species, including rare genera and endemic species unknown elsewhere. They have long ago mastered the use of subtle plant tonics and have developed a wide range of natural antibiotics. This pharmacopeia embraces unique delivery systems and includes topical lotions administered fresh or in the form of heated plasters wrapped in a baked leaf. Their salves are often applied topically above a specific organ, artery or muscle grouping . Other novel applications of the Cashinahua include frequent herbal bathing and extractives delivered through the eyes, the ears, or nose. Their knowledge of etiology and pathology are fairly conversant within the defined boundaries of western medicines, yet remain folded into a particular idiosyncratic mythology, language and tradition. Large portions of Cashinahua cosmology and shamanism have eroded and are adrift in the mist of time. With gracious support of village elders, Amazon Therapeutic Laboratories have collected data and voucher specimens on many species of novel Cashinahua medicinal plants.
From her distant tributary, Dona Leopoldina, a Shipibo Curandera prepares formulations of herbal extractives and administers them directly into the nasal passage of a grandson who is visiting from the city. The effects are immediate, bypassing the liver and entering the bloodstream almost as rapidly as an injection. The sting will last only about 5 seconds, about the same as the prick of a needle would be. Within these admixtures are unique sets of plant-made Phyto-chemicals validated by a lifetime of testing and refinement. Each delivery, (5 drops), promotes a heightened sense of focus, energy, and clarity of thought. An increase in respiratory function can last for 3-4 hours, all without any noted change in heart rate. The subtle attitude adjustment that follows may last for several days. With the support of Shipibo-Conibo elders, Amazon Therapeutic Laboratories documents traditional use as well as laboratory studies of endemic medicines famed along the tributaries and bayous of Peru’s Amazon and Ucayali river basin.
The pathway that winds from our Oregon laboratory courses though acres of cedars and oaks, sedges and ferns. With an average of 17 tree species per acre, the mountains of southern Oregon are often touted as the richest flora in the western USA.
In the jungles of Amazonia, a journey of 5 thousand miles from my home where I am often cast into research, a thriving botanical Eden sprouts from nearly infertile and cloying wet soils; almost all of it unsuitable for human endeavors of agriculture and ranching. There, from a single hectare of soil, nearly 300 species of trees and 4,000 other angiosperms thrive in a complex ecology.
In a vertical rise to the cloud forest and puna, the 16,ooo foot ridges of the Andes peak over our Amazon farm, a course of just fifty miles. In this short journey, the world’s greatest taxonomists have counted more than 30,000 botanical species, each manufacturing a unique chemical matrix and offering a genuine affiliation for it’s specific niche; a true altruism for the humans lucky enough to abound there.
Throughout Amazonia, be it the puna or the lowland plains, the crenelation of green is, in actuality, a laboratory filled to its brim. As the equatorial elements meld, (heat, and a continuous humidity that soars above 95 percent) the forces of nature conjoin by some great fate with the emergence of Amerindian culture and what is considered the wealthiest body of botanical treasure on earth. Be it a miracle in progress or chaos that took form and sprouted into good fortune by happenstance, to Amazonia and to the children who credit their origins there, we owe much homage.
To many who dwell there, Amazonia is a healing forest, a staggering medical pharmacopeia that exists today in almost unimaginable proportions.Â From what might have originally seemed only a riot of foreboding wilderness, the combination of chemistry and pharmacology and parapsychology gave rise to a venerable linage of highly trained medical practitioners, all of them accomplished doctors, nurses, psychologists and spiritual counselors. Many of them are directly descended from medical experts who spent two thousand years crafting and defining a medicinal pharmacology that predates written history.
Today this pharmakon is resplendent and replete with systems of internal medicine. Here an entire “whole-patient” healing tradition is as precise and as practiced as any in the West. This pharmacy continues to beckon and allure philosophers and chemistry wizards of our new medical era.
In Amazonia past, and of present, Curanderos, Piejes, Shamans or Savages, no matter how they were known, were actually masters of psychology, nutrition and botanical medicines. They devised multi-step systems for extracting thousands of beneficial drugs and compound formulations directly from the forest, with delivery systems so novel that even today these drugs produce actions that rival modern medications. These are the essential materia prima for stunning new phytochemical contributions. Dozens of these plant-based drugs are now fractioned by chemists and are deemed so intricate and chemically profound so exacting in their function that, as one scientist put it, impossible for any scientist to copy in a laboratory let alone imagine!
Understanding and unraveling the phytochemical components and the fine art of enticing assimilable extracts, tonic emollients, teas, lotions and internal pro-biotics from plants ripe with vital life energies is no small task rushed by a single life time.
From midwife to master healer, Amazon Amerindians parlayed in a language which was attuned to the sensitivity of botanical nuances. They consciously accelerated the advancement of their medical system by astute training, which in many cases lasted decades before graduation. Many of their compounds are still so little understood in their actions that they seem to dance only as a vision on an ethereal plain, leaving science baffled as to their methods of action, and still others, with no apparent function at all but to serve as an adjunct to healing by awakening the intuition and pointing both healer and patient to the very origin of disease itself. Genius indeed.
Still other botanical drugs are now only emerging into literature and are certain to startle medicinal communities as reports of their action are finally proven in clinical trials. Many drugs are already found to be especially effective in the treatment of chronic illness and reversing degenerative disease. Others are complimentary to that, targeting the spiritual imbalances that were recognized as the cause of most illness.
By the time of the discovery of South America by Europeans, more than 8 million inhabitants were living in the Amazon jungle. Their herbology, homeopathy and psychiatry had become honed into an impressive, methodological system of fine arts. More impressive, these sciences were preserved and have been passed down in makeshift schools through story telling by elder curanderos. They gathered impressive tomes of knowledge, and stowed it not in books, but embedded it into the fabric of oral tradition. Today, this is a voluminous medical heritage only beginning to assimilate and metamorphose into hundreds of studies ongoing in western universities and private laboratories.
While western scientists have refined the ability to name and classify novel plant based alkaloids, terpenes and flavonoids, thankfully accelerating the pace of empirical studies and the subsequent release of new drugs and technologies, many exotic, new or identical chemical fractions, including complicated matrixes and beneficial metabolites, all found in plants, have long been depicted and prescribed in the first instance by a long lineage of unlettered, uneducated, indigenous Amazon healers.
In the last few years, I have taken refuge in jungly biomes, working from huts or small boats and languishing even more uncomfortably on university campuses or private institutes throughout South America. I have felt the need to show a connection between clinical trials, documented university level research and the actual ethnobotanical data from field work that was provided to me from the great physicians who still abide in the heart of the jungle. These works combine empirical data from a thousand years of popular use into a highly potentiated and complex potion. This is indeed, the Amazon’s materia medica, and it far surpasses a few years of trials that the FDA now devotes to the approval of a synthetic laboratory drug, each with its own eager corporation backing it. Some drugs created in the West are now rushed though FDA screening and sold with copious warnings, hedging the corporate bet should some untoward actions liable them for misuse of their drugs. Thankfully, hundreds of well known proponents of natural medicines provide validation in their clinical practices. As Dr. James Duke, Dr. Wiel and others refrain, the body is more attuned to receiving and complying with natural medicine than synthetic ones.
Fortunately, accurate accounts of formulation and precise dosage, the applications and methodologies of maintenance therapies of Amazon medicine, have been faithfully recorded by a magnificent oral tradition and colorful and medical lexicon.
Today, the evidence is clear. Amazon healers and their rich apothecary provide immutable assets to modern day clinicians and practitioners. Clinical trials and university-level research are revealing the unshakable grasp Amazon healers have placed upon their native pharmacopeia and all it has to offer modern sciences.
The hard won knowledge of correct diagnosis, followed by the correct use of the medicaments has proven as accurate and bold as many of the of the internal medicines and practices of the West. And to that we lift our cup.
Herein, find documented herbal treatments, powerful drug compounds and clinical validation that ingratiates Amazon medicines even further into the guarded circles of the allopathic physician. Together, hand in hand with science and new technologies, we begin an exploration into a system of medicine that once began as a process of healing direct form the heart of the jungle. And long may it live.