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. 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.