JERGóN SACHA Amazonian Anti-Viral

$ 14
Jergón sacha is one of the more unusual and interesting rainforest remedies coming from the Amazon today. Its "signature plant" status as a snakebite remedy is well known in South America and highly regarded. Without proper research to validate its traditional ethnomedical uses, however, it may take time for it to be a popular herbal remedy in North America. It is hoped that, with increasing sales in Peru and Eastern Europe for jergón sacha, someone will answer the call to perform this much-needed research - especially as it has application for treating deadly viruses.
Also known as fer-de-lance, sacha jergón, erva-jararaca, jararaca.
Main Actions: May kill viruses, may neutralize venom, may neutralize toxicity, scientifically studied to expel worms (anti-parasitic), may reduce inflammation dramatically, may act as a potent antiviral, protease inhibitor (typically used for viral infections), immune-stimulant.

Main Traditional Uses in the Amazon:

- for snakebite
- for viral infections (HIV, hepatitis, whooping cough, influenza, parvovirus, and others)
- for upper respiratory problems (cough, bronchitis, asthma, etc)
- for spider, bee, scorpion, and other venomous insect bites
- as a topical wound healer 

Ingredients: Jergon sacha (Dracontium lorotense), Wildcrafted in Peru.
 2oz, fine powder.

Traditional and Tribal Medicinal Uses in the Amazon:

Ethnobotanically, jergón sacha, is considered a "signature plant": the plant's indigenous uses are directly related to its appearance. In this particular case, the trunk-like stem and its mottled coloring closely resembles a poisonous snake indigenous to the areas in which it grows. 

Local villagers as well as Indian tribes throughout the Amazon use the large tuber or rhizome of the jergón sacha plant as an antidote for the bite of these snakes. In addition to snakebite, the powdered tuberous rhizome is taken internally for asthma, menstrual disorders, chlorosis, and whooping cough in Brazilian herbal medicine. The root powder is used topically for scabies and the juice of the fresh rhizome is applied externally to treat sores caused by blowflies (and put directly on the site of a snakebite). It is touted there as a natural remedy to help against HIV/AIDS symptoms, cancerous tumors, gastrointestinal problems, hernias (as a decoction applied topically), hand tremors, heart palpitations, and to enhance immune function.

Contraindications: None reported.

Continue reading on this extra-ordinary Amazonian staple for folk uses, and scientifically verified actions, here. By Leslie Taylor, ND 

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