Part 1: Natural Plant Medicines, Shamans of the Amazon Rainforest

Howard G Charing, Peter Cloudsley and Javier Arevalo of Amazonian Shamans join Artidoro and Artidoro for discussions on the medicinal and spirit healing properties of plants. On AyahuascaHealings you can learn more.

Chullachaqui Caspi: Brysonima christianeae

The Amazonian folktale of a gnome that lives in the jungle is the inspiration for the name. Your friend disappears for a moment, then reappears. However, you are not aware that he is the mischievous Chullachaqui. He leads your deep into the forest until he is lost. There you will stay! However, he can be identified by the fact one foot may be larger than the other or that one foot is twisted back onto itself.

He is the guardian to the Chullachaquicaspi, which can also be used externally on wounds to heal haemorrhages and deep cuts. Light lifting can cause nerve damage. Good for joints.

It is also an excellent teacher plant, which can help you get closer to the spirit forest and guide you if it ‘diets’ with you. It can protect you as well as own you. The large roots of the tree are called buttress roots. This is because it can grow in sandy soils and roots cannot grow deeply. There are both red and white varieties. They both thrive in low-lying damp areas. It can help an apprentice understand what plants can heal. Chulla in Quechua means twisted feet and Chaqui is its name. It is best prepared in water, rather than alcohol.

Bad skin can be removed by grating the bark, boiling water, and then giving the body a steam soak covered with a blanket. It is vital to remove the bark and not kill the tree as this can have grave mystic implications. This plant is grounding, and allows you to connect with the inaudible vibrations of earth.

You can take the resin from the tree trunk as with the rubber trees and reduce it to be used as a poultice to treat wounds. The oil can also be extracted by boiling for several hours. It can then be made into capsules.

Chiric Sanango – (Brunfelsiagrandiflora).

Chiric in Quechua means itching or tickling sensation. It has many benefits, such as being used by fishermen and loggers who spend a lot of time in water. It is highly effective for arthritis. You should not take too much, as it can make your lips numb or cause dizziness. It can also used in emplasts to treat the sight and swelling of the eyes. When you carry a lot of stuff, sweat can drip into your eyes and cause irritation. It helps to warm the body.

It can also be made into syrup in water, aguardiente and in water. You can cook or raw it. The best way to reach the bones is to make the syrup. It is great for serious arthritis, severe chills, and after surgery and hernias.

It can be used as a teacher plants in the context a ‘diet.’ It is a great plant for the brain and soul. It stimulates your body, so you can follow it with a relaxing bath. This is not recommended if your kidneys are damaged. It is possible to extract the starch from the starch to make ointments for massaging. The flowers can also be used in floral baths. Mocapari is Ashaninka’s last name.
Sachamangua: (Grias peruviana)