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9 Incredible Medicinal Plants Found in the Peruvian Amazon

“In the forest, we have a pharmacy,” says Hemiterio Quispe Hidalgo, gesturing to the wealth around him enthusiastically. “We need to protect it.”

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Hemiterio—an employee at Refugio Amazonas, a Rainforest Alliance Verified™ lodge in the Madre de Dios region of Peru—has just taken a group on a guided walk through his hotel’s medicinal forest.

Here, we share 9 of the most incredible plants he pointed out during the walk:

  1. Cordoncillo has anesthetic properties. Chew its leaves and your mouth will quickly go numb.
  2. Shapumvilla is said to have coagulant properties and is used to stop bleeding.
  3. The root of the wasai tree is good for the kidneys. These leaves are ground up and prescribed as a diuretic.
  4. Pusangade venado is thought to bring good luck to hunters. Its leaves are also used as camouflage.
  5. The bark of the tawari tree is used to treat infection, cancer, tumors and inflammation.
  6. The aromatic sodo plant is thought to help cure addiction, including alcoholism.
  7. Locals believe that pusangade motelo has a calming effect and can relieve anxiety.
  8. Cola de raton (in English, “rat’s tail”) is said to help with digestion.
  9. Women with ovarian cysts might consider taking canelilla. It is also said to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.

5 thoughts on “9 Incredible Medicinal Plants Found in the Peruvian Amazon

  1. I have been on that guided walk with Hemiterio, it was so interesting, it’s like walking through a living pharmacy of sorts but of course you must have the knowledge like he does.
    The lodge was beautiful and amazing as well as the people we met there.

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