up the drugstore
Project looks to organize all the medicinal knowledge on herbs and
plants of Piura’s Andes but from a scientific perspective.
| FACTORTIERRA.NET. Photos Courtesy by Fidel Torres. Cambia a español
Above: extracting essential oil.
Below: Collecting samples at the countryside.
Peru – 1st
Street, very near cars and vans stop those offer transportation
service to Paita, is very known by who look for medicinal herbs.
is about almost a block where buyers nicknamed mystically have got a
impresing market. Their advertisement guarantees healing based on
ancestral knowledge, and, luckily, there are people who assure
medicine is effective.
excepting municipal inspection to raise fees, it is not known if
their products are supervised by Health authority that allows to
determine if cure is scientifically proven or its is just about
the other hand, there is not an oficial guide to determine which
herbs are safe , which stores are safe or what persons are reliable
to administrate this kind of products.
speaking in official terms, perhaps the only place across Piura State
where safety and reliability are together is Reátegui
Hospital, located in Piura City, managed by Peru’s social
place is partof 36 centers implemented across the nation with
Complementary Medicine area, in other words, a division specialized
in recipe and offer natural cures or derivates without synthetic
process. One of their promoters was Peru’s President Ollanta
Humala himself and the program was highlighted worldwide.
advantage is products are offered in a known place where you can
claim if things go bad, the disadvantage is it only covers whom under
an EsSalud’s vigent affiliation, that represents a minimum
portion of the community. So what happens to the rest?
is usual that science looks for farmers to expand its field, but what
happens when process is upsided down, as Piura’s Andes farmers
Courtesy by Fidel Torres | © Mountain Institute.
has recently envolved in an articulated work with Ministry of
Agriculture’s Agricultural Innovation National Program,
National University of Trujillo and two farmers’ unions who
live in southeast of Ayabaca county and north of Huancabamba county.
Among both geographic spaces (next to Ecuador) are located cloudy
forests and jalcas
(pronunce ‘halkas’) or Piura’s moors ecosystems,
those are recognized because catch, gather and deal the water ddrunk
by the entire Piura state and surrounding regions. But what sometimes
forgotten is its riches in botanic terms.
the big drugstore of Andean peasant,” Biologist Fidel Torres
states, who is an old buddy of us and leader of project on behalf of
Mountain Institute, which goal will be disclosing wwhat are Piura
highlands’ medicinal plants and what is their healing potential
- even what are correct doses and the best moment to extract them.
So speculation is avoided and scientific standards are provided to an
ancestral knowledge which has been passed mainly by oral mean through
team vision is more doctors recipe totally or partially treatments
based on medicinal plants replacing or complementing synthetic
it mean we’ll have doctors or shamans?,” one of
FACTORTIERRA.NET scientific editors asks. The reason is shamans or
healers have been , traditionally, selfnamed oracles of that wisdom,
which they mixed up with magic factors like the power of Piura’s
Andean natural elements, especially Huarinjas (pronounce ‘Wareenhas’)
Lakes, the most famous ceremonial healing centers of this South
a pretty place to visit bbut we can’t attribute it medicinal
powers, considering the quantitty of people who take a bath there,
some perhaps diseased,” our editor adds. “Maybe it’s
Above: Part of the crew investigating the plants.
Below: A local expert in medicinal vegetables.
medicinal power of Piura’s Andean herbs and plants is going to
last two years, until 2018. project was launched in Piura City, last
with another one in parallel which will look to obtain a potato
sexual seed resistant to warm weather.
makes this project different is the alliance of government entities,
non-profit organizations and social unions. “It’s
interesting now it is being funded more initiatives of this kind,”
National University of Trujillo’s Proffessor Mayer Ganoza
comments. He is promoting a post-grade on natural medicine since a couple
of years ago.
of the assigned funds to these projects come managed from National
Council of science and Technology, CONCYTEC.
to medicinal contribution, Southeastern Ayabaca and Northern
Huancabamba farmers are experiencing cosmetic potential of their
vegetal resources, as they told to a Ministry of Environment’s
strategy has no much magic but pretty progressive indeed: first all
farmers’ knowledge will be gathered, it will be homologated
under scientific standars those farmers also will work in, and all
this systematized information will be offered to Ayabaca and
Huancabamba local governments and health stanss as well. Later, it
will be enlarged to the rest of the country, being sensitive to local
this is not the only place where this type of research could break
out, literally. In Tambogrande, there are experiments about
regenerative potential of overo flower (Cordia
, that is medicinally used to treat kidney infections, even
decreasing chemotherapies side effects.
a cosmetic level, overo soap promises to get slow skin aging. The
point is there is not a valid scientific research which supports it,
neither a sanitarian record. Turning this up, it may be included in
any catalogue of products to offer the world, like the newly food &
beverage import-export firm Pacific
manager Francesco Navarrete expects.
reports of Liliana Alzamora from Tambogrande. Thanks to Edward
Valencia in Marcavelica for contributing us.
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