JERGON 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
Contraindications: None reported.
Continue reading on this extra-ordinary Amazonian staple for folk uses, and scientifically verified actions, here. By Leslie Taylor, ND
in the Amazon
Jergon sacha (Dracontium lorotense), Wildcrafted in Peru.
2oz, fine powder.
Medicinal Uses in the Amazon
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.
Add 1tsp, 2-3 times per day in your favorite tea, coffee, juice, smoothie, etc.
To make a Poultice
Add warm/hot water (just a little though, try not to over soak) and mix it in a bowl as if making a face mask (you want the same consistency) Pro tip: add some raw honey for an extra healing and anti-bacterial boost! Get it to the right consistency and you can place it on the cleaned affected area. Cover with bandages (or traditionally banana leaves when treating a snake bite). Repeat as needed until you see the wound healing.