JERGóN SACHA Amazonian Anti-Viral
Main Traditional Uses in the Amazon:
- 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.
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