Cat's claw (U. tomentosa) is a large, woody vine that derives its name from hook-like thorns that grow along the vine and resemble the claws of a cat. Two closely related species of Uncaria are used almost interchangeably in the rainforests: U. tomentosa and U. guianensis. Both species can reach over 30 m high into the canopy. U. tomentosa has small, yellowish-white flowers, whereas U. guianensis has reddish-orange flowers and thorns that are more curved. Cat's claw is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and other tropical areas of South and Central America, including Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Trinidad, Venezuela, Suriname, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama.
There are other species of plants with a common name of cat's claw (or u鎙 de gato) in Mexico and Latin America; however, they are entirely different plants, not belonging to the Uncaria genus, or even the Rubiaceae family. Several of the Mexican u鎙 de gato varieties have toxic properties.
TRIBAL AND HERBAL MEDICINE USES
Both South American Uncaria species are used by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest in very similar ways and have long histories of use. Cat's claw (U. tomentosa) has been used medicinally by the Aguaruna, Ash嫕inka, Cashibo, Conibo, and Shipibo tribes of Peru for at least 2,000 years. The Ash嫕inka Indian tribe in central Peru has the longest recorded history of use of the plant. They are also the largest commercial source of cat's claw from Peru today. The Ash嫕inka use cat's claw to treat asthma, inflammations of the urinary tract, arthritis, rheumatism, and bone pain; to recover from childbirth; as a kidney cleanser; to cure deep wounds; to control inflammation and gastric ulcers; and for cancer. Indigenous tribes in Piura use cat's claw to treat tumors, inflammations, rheumatism, and gastric ulcers. Other Peruvian indigenous tribes use cat's claw to treat diabetes, urinary tract cancer in women, hemorrhages, menstrual irregularity, cirrhosis, fevers, abscesses, gastritis, rheumatism, tumors, and inflammations as well as for internal cleansing and to "normalize the body." Reportedly, cat's claw has also been used as a contraceptive by several different tribes of Peru (but only in very large dosages). Dr. Fernando Cabieses, M.D., a noted authority on Peruvian medicinal plants, explains that the Ash嫕inka boil 5 to 6 kg (about 12 pounds) of the root in water until it is reduced to little more than 1 cup. This decoction is then taken 1 cup daily during the period of menstruation for three consecutive months; this supposedly causes sterility for three to four years.
Cat's claw has been used in Peru and Europe since the early 1990s as an adjunctive treatment for cancer and AIDS as well as for other diseases that target the immune system. In herbal medicine today, cat's claw is employed around the world for many different conditions, including immune disorders, gastritis, ulcers, cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, rheumatic disorders, neuralgias, chronic inflammation of all kinds, and such viral diseases as herpes zoster (shingles). Dr. Brent Davis, D.C. has written several articles on cat's claw and refers to it as the "opener of the way" for its ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract and its effectiveness in treating stomach and bowel disorders (such as Crohn's disease, leaky bowel syndrome, ulcers, gastritis, diverticulitis, and other inflammatory conditions of the bowel, stomach, and intestines). Dr. Julian Whitaker, M.D. reports using cat's claw for its immune-stimulating effects, for cancer, to help prevent strokes and heart attacks, to reduce blood clots, and for diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome..... Read More....
So, we went to Playas, on the coast of Ecuador, and we were blessed by many dolphins coming around the boat and playing. These are paid tours, where they bring you on a boat to where the dolphins live. It is very, very close to the shore, you can see many different exotic birds too as well as these playful and Loving Dolphins. Here, I leave you with some information related to the Health Benefits you get for just being around dolphins......
How Dolphins Help Us
Aquatic therapy has long understood that being in the water has a therapeutic effect on people with varying types of disabilities (McKinney, A; Wolf, R.; 2001). Being in the water allows people that are in wheelchairs, freedom in movement otherwise not experienced. To this benefit include dolphins. Dolphins have been cited as having special capabilities that enhance healing potential in people with disabilities (Johnson, L.; Bourne, R.).
So, today I heard about an INTRAVENOUS treatment for healing almost everything you can imagine. It is made basically from Moringa and more than 10 other Medicinal Plants. These people have treating successfully more than 3000 people in over than 2 years. It is amazing the simplicity and economic easiness getting it and its easy aplication on the subject. In order to heal properly, there are some types of foods to avoid but mainly its really really easy and it is not a diet. I will keep updating the great results of this treatments with documents, where we will be all able to see and compare its efectiveness. Blessings to all.
There is no better way to Clean, Ground and give a fresh start to your own Crystals than using Water.
That's right! , and specially running living water I mean. Living water like a river, the ocean, or other sources of natural free flowing water. So, you get your crystals, put them into a container where the water will keep flowing, and immerse them for at least 30 good minutes..
Your crystals will physically clean but also , the friction activity of the running water will eradicate from them , all those ions we don't want in- on them,,, .
Your cleaned crystals will start again their live with you making them a good tool for any purpose you have with them , after the cleansing, store them in a bag that you keep with you as much as you can , or a bag you can put next to your bed when sleeping. I wish you all the love and Blessings.
By now, most of us have heard the news: grateful people are happier, healthier and generally more fulfilled.
And while these are all really great side effects of gratitude, for me, one of the coolest things about gratitude is the way it affects the heart. The heart creates an electromagnetic field that expands up to five feet from the body. Its electrical field is 60 times stronger in amplitude than that of the brain.
Studies show that when people cultivate positive feelings,...
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I’ll be honest: I’ve probably initiated sex seven times in my entire life, and at least three of those times, it wasn’t really me. It was the tequila.
Maybe I just run with a conservative group of women, but I’m not the only one who finds herself opening a corporeal invite more often than she sends it.
The production of livestock and the current state of our meat industry is of growing concern to the general public. Documentaries and articles on the matter are starting to gain a lot of world wide attention as many people are being bought into the true reality of where our meat comes from and what toll this kind of production has on our society and also our environment.
The Mayan civilization was one of the great civilizations of our human past. Mayans occupied the area of Mexico and central America from the period of around 1800 BC – 250 AD. Lands such as modern-day Yucatan, Tabasco and Chiapas in Mexico and even stretching through Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador.
DMT is a chemical compound found throughout nature in plants, animals and even as a component in certain frog venom. This peculiar substance is a powerful psychedelic that has extraordinary results when consumed, subjective experience varies from person to person but many parallels can be seen in certain accounts between different people. The experience itself lasts for about 15minutes in real time, but from the accounts of the people experiencing it this 15 minutes can feel like a much longer time. Some studies have been conducted on the chemical substance, mainly the trials done by Doctor Rick Strassman from the University of New Mexico in America.
The law of attraction and the philosophy of immortality, a symbiotic relationship to living a healthy happy and sustainable life.
So, what truly is the law of attraction? We hear about it a lot, number one sellers such as 'The Secret' giving us the simple notion we reap what we sew through our thoughts, but is it so simple?
Does the universe truly give what we imagine just by sending out the energy through our thoughts and intentions?
I was on my way to the restaurant, a few days ago, last week, and I saw these little babies possums that were still in their mother's poche, but the mother possum was dead. I think she might have been hit by a car or something. But the babies were alive and I was thinking that I wanted to take care of them but I didn't do anything about it at first, and then when I came back that same night, I talked to Line, a friend, about it, and she wanted to take care of them too but she had a lot of things going on, and she helped me to find a box, so I decided to take them all home. At first, I thought they were only three, but it was 7 of them, cause there were all hidden in their mother's pouch. So I took them all from the cold body of their dead mother. I never thought I could do that!
I came to South America with the intention of learning about Shamans and the mystery behind the plant medicines, throughout my stay in Ecuador I have participated in various ceremonies and have recorded my experiences. In this article I will list a few of the experiences I have had in ceremonies throughout my stay in a Plant medicine healing retreat just outside the city Cuenca in Ecuador. The way these ceremonies were conducted was in the setting of a Maloka, in the middle was a fire that was kept by two people under the command of the Shaman and around the fire sat 30 guests that were consuming the medicine facilitated by 2 Shamans who would conduct the prayers sing the Icarus songs and serve the medicine.
The Amazon rain forest spans out between an area of more the two million square miles and can be accessed throughout South America in countries like Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil Colombia and Peru. The Amazon river is one of the most grand rivers in the world and during the wet season can reach over 190kms in width. The Amazon is home to more than a third of the worlds species which is mostly plants and insects, but also rare species such as the pink river dolphin. This magical forest of wonder, mystery
The benefits of a raw food diet are healing the world. More and more people are discovering this new phenomenon of consuming raw fresh food in its purest and natural state. Especially in a world where most people are suffering from some disease or another, feeling bogged down and lacking the flow of prana/lifeforce energy that is supposed to naturally flow through our being, more and more beings are discovering how a raw food diet can return us to our natural state of being which is health.
It has been a dream of mine since I can remember to go to the jungle. Something about the mysterious depths of green, full of all these amazing animals has always been fascinating to me. So when my friend and I decided to travel to Peru it was clear that we would have to go to the Amazon rainforest at one point.
But where? And how?
Luckily, another friend told me about Lagunas, a remote village right next to the jungle from where you can venture into the Pacaya-Samiria reserve. Even though we were a bit scared we decided to just try it out.
In the Amazon basin lives a kind of Tree frog which has been used by the indigenous tribes of the Brazilian amazon and other parts for centuries. The secretion from this tree frog known as Kambo has a cleansing and purgative effect when applied to broken skin, usually through a mild burn wound. Kambo has gained a huge amount of attention since it's introduction to the western world in around the 1990s, various scientific studies have been done on the effects it has on our body and why people experience great healing from this poisonous tree frog venom. From the discovery of this medicine by the indigenous to the miraculous healing benefits it can have on our body Kambo is something to be explored, many already have sought it out as an alternative to Western Treatments.
Meditation is an age-old practice dating back thousands of years in places such as ancient China and Indian. From this ancient practice many different philosophies were developed with a deep reservoir of knowledge into the power of the mind and how to ascertain a clear and sharp focus. With its growing popularity in the modern age and all its beneficial effects on the brain it has gained a lot of attention from the modern day scientist, many studies are being conducted on the neurological benefits' meditation has and how it can help out the average person in the modern age.