NATIVE PLANTS FROM PERU
Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
It is a tuber that grows in the Andes and
is used since pre-Columbian times due to its
properties. It contains calcium, potassium,
iron, silicon, iodine and phosphorus. It is highly
energizing, helps fight osteoporosis,
oxygenating muscle tissues, normalizing
the function of thyroid glands. It affects
hormones.
Its pulp is red or deep orange.
The achiote leaves have medical properties.
They fight soar throats, bloody vomits, diarrhea,
hemorrhoids, angina, abscesses, headaches,
kidney pains, malaria and asthma.
to different soils and ecological platforms up to  
3.000 m.a.s.l. Excellent to dissolve kidney stones
and gallstones. It is also a pain reliever and
muscle relaxing.
It also protects the liver, can help treat hepatitis and
cell damage induced by ethanol.
Guanabana o graviola (Annona muricata)
This is a small tree that grows 5 to 6 meters tall in the Amazon forest with large shiny dark green leaves.
All parts of the tree are used in natural medicine in the tropics, including the bark,
roots, fruits, and seeds. The fruit and its juice can be taken to eliminate worms and parasites, to control fevers, to
increase milk after birth, and to control diarrhea and dysentery.
Crushed seeds are used against internal and external parasites, lice and worms. The roots have sedative,
antispasmodic and can help control blood pressure. It helps fight tumors, cancer, spasms; it is sedative, combats
asthma, hypertension, diabetes and liver disorders.
Hercampuri (Gentianella alborosea)
It has been used for centuries by native Peruvians.
Hercampuri is a dietary supplement traditionally used to detoxify and protect the liver.
Hercampuri helps eliminate excessive fat in arteries, and it also helps to improve the functions of the circulatory
system. Due to these properties, Hercampuri works as a natural diuretic and may help with obesity.
It can also lower cholesterol levels.
It normalizes high blood pressure too.
It helps dissolve and eliminate excessive fat in arteries, purify blood and controls acne.
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa)
It is found between 2,800 and 3,800 m.a.s.l. at temperatures from 13 º to 20 º C. They are rain fed crops.
The grain has a good content of protein which is the source of essential amino acids, recommended for the
diet of children and adults. Quinoa favors longevity.
Industrially flour and flakes are obtained and sold cobined with oats and chocolate.
It is eaten as sweets, soups and stews.
Mashua, mashwa, isaño, majua o cubio (Tropaeolum tuberosum)
It is found from 2,800 to 3,800 meters.
It is eaten cooked or boiled in sweets with milk.
Mashwa comes in several forms, mainly conical / ellipsoidal.
It is very colorful, sometimes yellow, sometimes with purple spots.
The growing season is 220 to 270 days a year. Well adapted to cold climates.
Mashua consumption prevents prostatitis and it is an outstanding diuretic.
Mashua can grow in poor soils without fertilizers or pesticides, and even
under these conditions it can double the performance of potatoes.
Industrially it is used for antibiotics and as it reduces levels of testosterone, it is often recommended to prevent and
cure diseases of the prostate. It is also attributed healing properties for the liver and kidneys.
It is credited with the opposite effect of Maca, as it inhibits rather than exalts sexuality.
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Qoyllur R'iti
It grows at about 3,500 m.a.s.l., especially in the departments of Cajamarca, La Libertad and Ancash in the Andes of
Peru.
It is a very effective remedy for diabetes. Experiments have been conducted in rabbits leading to effectively reducing
blood sugar (hypoglycemia), maintaining its effects for 7 to 8 hours.
In humans it has been used for many years up in the mountains, without causing toxic side effects.
Dried leaves are used to prepare a brew (boiling from 5 to 10 minutes), which should be taken every 8 hours.
Antidiabetic, hypoglycemic and blood purifier, likewise, it is considered a strong astringent, usually used to combat
chronic diarrhea, cholera infantum, bleeding, soar throat and mouth ulcers.
In homeopathic medicine it is recommended, in addition to the aforementioned cases, in gonorrhea, diabetes,
hemoptysis, menorrhagia, ulcers of the breast and stomach atony and laryngitis.
Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
It is a vine native to Peru. The name comes from a pair of large curved spines that grow along the vine. The
inner bark and the root of the vine are traditionally used of to make infusions.
WARNING: A plant called "cat's claw" grows in northern Mexico and southern Texas. This plant, Acacia gregii
has no known health benefits and its bark may be poisonous.
Peruvian cat's claw had not attracted the attention of researchers until late into the twentieth century.
It contains chemicals called oxindole alkaloids.
The Ashaninka, natives to the jungles of Peru, have used cat's claw for centuries as a medicine to treat
inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, to clean the digestive tract and treat cancer.
It has also been used to treat dysentery, recovery from childbirth, and, in the case of women, hormone
imbalances.
There have been some small studies with humans, even in people with AIDS. The results were inconclusive.
In one study, cat's claw sped the healing of people with herpes simplex virus (which causes wounds in
mouths and genitals) and herpes zoster virus. No independent research has confirmed similar results.
It is useful in cancer, AIDS, systemic candidiasis, various types of herpes and Kaposi's sarcoma, various
arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, lupus and fibromyalgia.
Anti free radicals, effective in inflammatory processes, cancer, fever and exposure to ionizing radiation.
Mutagenic and cytostatic: action due to isorincofilina. Inhibits alpha polymerases DNA.
Antiviral especially against embedded RNA viruses. Useful against the AIDS virus, HIV, zoster herpes and
genital herpes, colds, sinusitis, otitis, gall bladder stomatitis virus, conjunctivitis.
Detoxifying the digestive tract: it is very useful when conventional treatments fail in
Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, colitis, hemorrhoids, fistulas, gastritis, ulcers, intestinal parasites, alterations of
the intestinal flora, anal leakage.
Anti Allergic: useful in case of neurobronchitis, lupus.
Detoxifying in cases of environmental toxins: effective in chronic fatigue, depression, acne.
Antiplatelet, due to rincofilina. Prevents heart attacks, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, thrombosis,
thrombophlebitis, etc.
Tarwi, Chocho (Lupinus mutabilis)
It is found from 3,000 to 3,800 m.a.s.l., at temperatures from 12 ° to 18 ° C.
It is eaten as a sauce, as tarwi milk, in salads and stews.
It is highly energetical due to its content of proteins and easy to digest fats.
The plant is large and beautiful with clusters of blue flowers with yellow stripes.
It is very resistant to cold weather. It captures nitrogen and deposits it in the soil.
Quinoa is very resistant to pests. Industrially it produces flour and oil.