After exploring the rainforest with local "bush" doctors and shamans in Central America I became even more amazed at how brilliantly complex nature is! It seemed that for every local aliment there was always a plant nearby to cure it. While I was deep in the jungles with local shamans, I felt totally safe because I knew that I was in the best hands if anything were to go wrong.
Dr. Rostia Arvigo (Mayan healer), Harry Guy (master herbalist), and the late Eligio Panti (bush doctor, healer) are just a few of the amazing and passionate healers in Central America who have dedicated their lives to endlessly researching local botanicals and helping others find freedom from disease.
Here are some of the local plant favorites:
- Cat tail (Mis xiv): traditional uses include rashes, blisters, sores, ulcers, fungus, ringworm, inflammation, UTI's, and other open skin wounds.
- Susumba (pa-al, Toom-pa'ap): traditional uses include rashes, infections, coughs, flu, and making a poultice for snakebites.
- Yama bush (Buul-che, Ya-me-bu): traditional uses include fever, flu, heart tonic, weakness, exhaustion, and even used as a pregnancy test.
- Calabash tree (Lek, Luch): traditional uses include asthma, bronchitis, coughs, hiccups, hypertension, and lung congestion.
By Dr. Rosita Arvigo & Micheal Balick PhD