March 4

Peru And Its Medical History


South America is a very fascinating land, filled with vast treasure troves of exotic flora! Peru is very famous for its wide variety of plants, like herbs, since the ages. Especially the Andes and the Amazon are the main places where lots of herbal plants are being cultivated. Please refer the site link on herbal plants at for more details.

If you are interested in learning more about herbal medical plant details, there are lots of local sightseeing facilities available in both the places. The following are some very famous herbal medicinal plants which are commonly used in Peru.

Cat’s Claw / Uncaria Guianensis
Una de Gato means cat’s claw and refers to one herbal plant which grows in Amazon rain forest range. The plant has curved thorns which look like cat’s claw and hence it is named like that. The roots and internal bark have medicinal benefits. This plant has high levels of chemical compounds namely alkaloids which naturally increase the immune system.

Tiny Tree / Bixa Orellana
Achiote is a tiny tree that can be found in the Amazon rainforest. This tree’s seeds and powder have very good medicinal benefits. This small tree is famous for food digestive system and also very famous for curing asthma, malaria, headaches, throat infections, fever, diarrhea, vomiting and skin issues. This can be taken internally by adding to tea or can be used as capsules.

Mountain Peanut / Plukenetia Volubilis Linneo
Sacha Inchi is a tree which grows in the Amazon. This tree is normally called as mountain peanut. This can be consumed directly like other nuts or can be internally taken in the forms of virgin oil. This tree peanut has very high levels of Omega 3, 6 and 9. This has more omega benefits than cod liver oil.

Muna / Minthostachys mollis
This plant has a good flavor like mint plant and grows in the area of Ayacucho, Pune, and Cusco. This can be consumed like herbal tea. This plant contains very high levels of calcium and phosphorous which is good for strong teeth and bones.

Maca / Lepidium Meyenii
This is a root plant and has many medicinal benefits. This root can cure anemic symptoms, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. The main advantage of this root can boost fertility and also improve memory power.

Coca / Erythroxylum coca
The coca plant is very famous in Peru and Andes. Coca has been used for religious customs, and also it has medicinal benefits. It can cure reduction of hunger and thirst and also improve your energy levels. These leaves can be directly chewed for best medicinal benefits.

Teacher Plant / Banisteriopsis caapi
This plant is widely used for divine or worship purposes. It is good for body healing and removal of body worms. Also, it is very famous for curing depression and addiction.

Dragon’s Blood / Croton Iechler
This plant has dark red fluid which contains a chemical called SP-303. This is good for curing open cuts, insect bites, broken bones, fever, and infections.

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