Amazon Herbs for natural healing, review of studies and new research, beneficial plants
February 24 2019 by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

The Amazon rain forest offers an unending variety of plants that are known to have medicinal properties, and more are being discovered each year. Herbal knowledge from the Amazon jungle is gradually making its way to the Western world. Each Amazon tribe has one or more shamans who is quite familiar with the healing power of the local herbs in the Amazon forest. Amazon Indians have known about herbal medicine for thousands of years. Superfoods from various exotic places like the Amazon, and anti-ageing elixirs are becoming more popular. Exotic drinks and beauty products based on indigenous resources from the Amazon and personal grooming items for older men are fast growth areas. Beauty products containing botanicals from the Amazon believed to have strong health benefits have already caught on in France and are likely to feed into the fashion for food and cosmetics using natural ingredients in the UK and the USA.

A list of Amazon herbs and plants, roots, leaves
Abuta - Cissampeios pareira
Achiote - Bixa oreliana- Annato?
Agaricus - Agaricus blazeii
Agracelo - Berberis vulgaris - Barberry
Ajos Kiro - Cordia alliodora root has substances which have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
Mansoa alliacea- Mansoa alliacea - A search on Medline for Mansoa Alliacea in June 2008 did not reveal any published studies.
Altamisa - Ambrosia spp -  Chrysanthemum parthenium - Feverfew
Amasisa - Erythrina fusca - Bucayo - Several flavonoids are present in erythrina fusca including lupinifolin, citflavanone, erythrisenegalone, lonchocarpol A, liquiritigenin, and 8-prenyldaidzein.
Amor Rico - Desmodium ascendens - A search on Medline for Desmodium ascendens in June 2008 did not reveal any published studies. 
Amor Seco - Bidens pilosa is a medicinal plant traditionally used in Brazil for treating a variety of conditions including cancer.
Catuaba amazon aphrodisiac herb used to treat impotence in males, the effects take a few days to be noticed. This bark from the Amazon is often used together with another herb from thdsfe Amazon called muira puama.
Camu Camu apparently has a high amount of vitamin C
Cat's Claw has antiinflammatory properties
Cha de Bugre is a plant from the Amazon rainforest. This plant is used in Brazil for appetite suppression and weight loss.
Chanca piedra leaves and stems has been used for generations in Central and South America to promote urinary tract and kidney health.
Clavo huasca is an Amazonian herb that has sexual enhancement effects
Cupuacu tropical fruit from the Amazon rainforest
Graviola Amazon herb is a cancer fighter and also acts as a mild sedative
Guarana has caffeine and is often added to weight loss products although there are more effective diet pills. Guarana (Paullinia cupana) is a popular herb native to the Amazon Basin and used extensively in soft drinks in Brazil, other Latin American countries, and more recently in the United States. Extracts derived from the dried seeds of guarana possess strong anti-platelet clumping properties.
Muira Puama is an aphrodisiac herb from the Amazon and found in an effective sexual enhancing products.

Amazon sex herbs, aphrodisiacs
There are a number of sex herbs from the Amazon forest that are known in the West. Some of the more popular Amazon sex herbs include:

Catuaba herb that helps with erectile function
Clavo huasca is an Amazon herb that has not become popular in the West, yet
Maca grows in the high Andes mountains
Muira Puama is an Amazon herb for improved libido and mood

Amazon herbs that fight inflammation
BMC Complement Altern Medicine. 2016. Antioxidant activity and peroxidase inhibition of Amazonian plants extracts traditionally used as anti-inflammatory. The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and is home to a rich biodiversity of medicinal plants. Several of these plants are used by the local population for the treatment of diseases, many of those with probable anti-inflammatory effect. The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the in vitro antioxidant and anti-peroxidases potential of the ethanol extracts of five plants from the Brazilian Amazon (Byrsonima japurensis, Calycophyllum spruceanum, Maytenus guyanensis, Passiflora nitida and Ptychopetalum olacoides). This work supports the folk use these species that inhibited peroxidases and exhibited significant free radical scavenging and antioxidant activities what can be related to treatment of inflammation.

Additional herbs from the Amazon forest region
Algarobbo (Prosopis pallida)
Artichoke pulp - Alcachofa (Cynara Scolymus)
ASMACHILCA (Aristeguietia gayana)
CAIGUA (Cyclanthera pedata)
CALAGUALA (Polipodium decumanum Willd. , Polypodium calaguala)
CANCHALAGUA (Achkuhria pinnata vard. octoaristada)
Capuacu fruit
CARQUEJAB (accharis articulata)
CHANCA PIEDRA (Phillanthuss niruri)
CHUCHUHUASI (Maytenus macrocarpa)
CIPRES (Cupressus sempervirens)
CUTI CUTIA (splenium fragile)
DRAGON'S BLOOD - SANGRE DE DRAGOC (roton lechleri Muell)
FER DE LANCE - JERGÓN SACHA (Dracotium lorenrese)
FLOR BLANCA (Buddleja incana)
FLOR DE ARENA Tiquilia paronychioides
GUANARPO (Jatropa macrantina)
GUAYABA - LEAF (Psidium guajaba)
HERCAMPURI (Gentionella alborosea)
HUAMANPINTA (Chuquiragua spinosa)
HUAMANRRIPA (Senecio violaefolius)
IPORURO (Alchirnea castaneifolia)
LEMON GRASS - HIERBA LUISA (Cymbopogon citratus)
LINE SEED (Linum usitatissimum)
LUCUMA (Lucuma obovata)
MANAYUPA (Desmodium adscendens)
MANIOC LEAF - YUCA HOJA (Manihot esculenta)
MANIOC ROOT - YUCA RAIZ (Manihot esculenta)
MATICO (Piper acnyustifolium Vall.)
MUCURA (Petiveria alliacea)
MUÑA (Minthostachus setosa / Minthostachis mollis)
PALO SANTO - WOOD (Bursera graveolens) ...... STICKS
PAO DE ARCO BARK - TAHUARI (Tabebuya serratifolia.)
PASUCHACA (Geranium dielsianum Knuth)
QUINUA (Chenopodium quinoa Willdenow)
RATANIAN ROOT (Krameria trianda)
Sacha inchi Amazonian herb
SWEET POTATO - CAMOTEI (pomoea batatas)
WORM SEED - PAICO - LEAF (Chenopodium ambrosioides)
YACON - LEAF AND ROOTS (Smallanthus sonchifolius)

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Artichoke Pulp - Alcachofa Cynara Scolymus Powder
Brocoli Brassica olerasea Powder
Caigua Cyclanthera pedata Powder
Cat's Claw - Uña De Gato - Bark Uncaria tomentosa
Cat's Claw - Uña De Gato - Leaf Uncaria tomentosa
Chuchuhuasi Maytenus macrocarpa Powder
Dragon's Blood - Sangre De Grado Croton lechleri
Graviola - Guanabana's Leaf Anona muricata Powder
Kiwicha Amaranthus caudatus Powder
Lucuma Lucuma obovata Powder
Maca - Gelatinized - Organic Lepidium peruvianum. Powder
Manioc Root - Yuca Raiz Manihot esculenta Powder
Manioc Leaf - Yuca Hoja Manihot esculenta Powder
Noni - Fruit morinda citrifolia Liquid essence
Pao de Arco Bark - Tahuari Tabebuya serratifolia. Powder
Purple Corn - Maiz Morado zea mays Powder
Quinua Chenopodium quinoa Willdenow Powder
Ratanian Root Krameria trianda Powder
Sacha Inchi - Oil Plukenetia volubilis Oil
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