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Astounding Anti-diabetic plant found thirving at 14,000 feet elevation in Peru’s high country

PASHUCHACA>>Queen of the Geraniums There is nothing new about this “new discovery’ . This tiny species of geranium is an astounding medicinal herb worthy of everyone medicine cabinet! Pashuchaca has been a staple in the satchel of ancient Andean people since before recorded time.  The pharmacopeia of Andean people is rich and well defined. For more than 100o years healers of the Andes traveled […]

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My History with Maca

“What are we going to do with you, my little Miracle” my Aunt Irma said, fawning over me. I’d fallen down and cut myself.  It wasn’t the first time. Aunt Irma reached in her satchel of woven bags, each one filled with leaves and dried flowers she had collected in Peru’s local herb markets.  She mumbled and pulled out three types of […]

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Yacon Syrup on SALE!

Yacon Syrup (Smallanthus sonchifolius)

Yacon syrup is raising eyebrows in the health community and natural products world for its amazing health-promoting qualities and appealing taste. Use as a replacement for your traditional sweeteners and enjoy all the benefits Yacon syrup has to offer.
While sometimes referred to as the Peruvian ground apple, Yacon is actually a distant relative of the sunflower. Reaching heights of 5-7’ tall, both the leaves and tubers are edible. Traditionally the leaves were made into tea while the tubers were sliced and eaten raw. The syrup, derived from the roots, is used as a replacement for common sugars.
Yacon is a thick, sticky syrup ranging in color from a light amber to a darker brown. Pleasantly sweet, it is similar in taste to a light molasses or real maple syrup.
Yacon Syrup can be used in place of other sweeteners. ¼ tsp of Yacon syrup is equal to 1 tsp of sugar or honey. It can be used in smoothies, oatmeal, or over pancakes or waffles. Use in baking to replace molasses, maple syrup, honey or agave. Wonderful addition to salad dressings, marinades and other sauces.

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What is Lepidium?

Lepidium, commonly known as the peppergrasses or pepperworts, is a genus of plants in the mustard family Brassicaceae. It includes about 175 species found worldwide, including cress and pepperweed. Possibly the most commonly known species of Lepidium is Lepidium meyenii (or Lepidium peruvianum) – better known as Maca – a plant from the Andes mountains […]

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Fair Trade and Intellectual Property Rights

We are adamant in support of indigenous land rights, intellectual properties and jungle preservation. In this catalog you will find traditional formulas which we have registered as proprietary intellectual property on behalf of native communities within the Amazon Basin. Together, we maintain US trademarks as a trust of goodwill for indigenous groups whom we support […]

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Ethics and Efficacy

When a new chemical is identified in nature, some laboratories seek ways to synthesize the drug in their laboratories. Once the botanical has been rendered into a synthetic substance, ownership can be claimed by issuing a technical or application patent. Sole rights over the distribution of this new drug and even the proprietary rights over […]

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Materia Prima! Extra Fine Raw Material

Our raw materials are derived from organically certified farms or wild-crafted under our Sustainable Harvest label. In many regions of the Amazon and Andes, we continue to work with indigenous groups who cultivate endemic medicines in their original, native habitat. In South America many of our staff botanists are leading taxonomic botanists. They maintain collections […]

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Bio-Prospecting or Bio-Piracy?

The search for treasures derived from jungle pharmacopeia is a practice funded by almost every major pharmaceutical company in the world. Call it bio-piracy or bio-prospecting, each company has its own branch of researchers combing the tropical forests of the world, often in secret. Indigenous people have gradually become aware of this and are rightfully […]

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Una de Gato aka Cat’s Claw

Uncaria tomertosa Una de Gato The pharmacological actions of una de gato include antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory activity, immunomodulation, cytoprotection, antimutagenic properties, and antihypertensive effects, as well as possible prevention of cerebral ischemia.72-74 Immunomodulating activity includes suppression of NF-kappa B,73 enhancement of B- and T-lymphocytes, stimulation of phagocytosis,75 and enhancement of IL-1 and IL-6.76 The primary […]

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Sangre de Grado ~ Dragon’s Blood

Croton lechieri aka Sangre de Grado The immunomodulatory activity of the latex from Croton lechleri (sangre de drago) was determined by in vitro assays. Classical (CP) and alternative (AP) complement pathways activities were determined in human serum. Intracellular generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by human polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) and monocytes, and phagocytosis of opsonised […]

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Overview of Andean Systems of Medicine and the Medicinal Pharmacopeia Endemic to the Andes Mountains

In the Andean world, a high degree of specialization occurred in terms of holistic medicines. First, it is important to point out that Andean systems of healing were derived not only from medicinal plants, but by a complimentary therapy which established a connection between the patient, their environment, and their place in society. In terms […]

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Compounds In Action

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 […]

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Cashinahua Indians

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 […]

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What is Chuchuhuasi?

Chuchuhuasi is a tree found in western Amazonia. The bark, roots, and leaves are a famous ethnomedicine and used for many traditional purposes. Chuchuhuasi is most commonly used to treat rheumatism, tuberculosis, bronchitis, stomach ache, and fever, however there are other uses still being discovered by botanists and medical researchers… Benefits & Uses of Chuchuhuasi: […]

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