Top 10 Amazonian Medicines that make us more Healthy, Happy & Free

The Amazon rainforest is our most abundant source of natural medicine. It’s the planets greenhouse with more than 80,000 plant species. The medicinal properties of plants used for centuries by Amazonian tribes to cure all sorts of ailments.

Did you know that seventy percent of plants with anticancer properties exist only in the Amazon Rainforest? Or that the Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen, 20% of the world’s fresh water, and our largest collection of medicinal plants? In this article you will learn about 10 of the discovered 150,000 species of plants found in the rainforest, and the benefits that we have scientifically proven – There are many more uses to be discovered.

As we (The Amazon Rainforest Conservancy) work to protect the Amazon Rainforest, it’s essential that we remember the potential cures that lie within in the form of medicinal plants, nutrient dense foods and remedies that get to the roots of the problem. So far, we have found plants that can be used to cure AIDS, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. I imagine there will be much more information on this in the near future!

Cocoa (Chocolate)

All chocolate comes from the Cocoa tree but most of what we consume is cut with dairy, sugar and preservatives, leaving it a “dead food” that can actually make us sick. The real and raw cocoa however has many benefits, and the number one Superfood for our brain according to many of the expert studies today. I you are not close to a cocoa tree, check out our friends at Tribe Chocolate here:

Coca Leaves

Coca is associate with the dangerous street drug, cocaine. However, Coca is actually a medicinal plant that has been used by indigenous South Americans for thousands of years. Coca is used to boost energy and relieves pain, nausea, breathlessness, upset stomach and altitude sickness. Did you know that the coca leaf is also a nutrient powerhouse – It’s packed with essential minerals (calcium, magnesium and phosphorus), vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E) and important nutrients such as fiber and protein.

Brazilian Ginseng (Suma)

Ginseng is an adaptogen, aphrodisiac, healing tonic, energy booster, and immune system enhancer. On top of all that, it also has anticancer properties, test tube studies do indicate possible anti-tumor activity of suma constituents called pfaffosides.

Tawari Tree Bark

The Tawari Tree bark has multiple anticancer properties (treating infection, cancerous cells, tumors, and inflammation). In the western medicine, it is primarily used as an anti-inflammatory, fungicide, and anti-bacterial agent. It is also used as a laxative and to stimulate the immune system

Sodo / Iboga

The Sodo plant can be used to cure addiction of nicotine and alcohol. Another Amazonian plant helping curve today’s Opioid crisis is the Iboga shrub. Iboga is proving to cure severe heroin addiction is one single dose. Some countries like New Zealand and Canada have recently begun to legislate therapeutic uses, and the Multidisciplinary Associate for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has had some success introducing clinical trials in other countries.

 Pusangade Motelo

This medicinal plant is used to treat anxiety, calm the nervous system and is a good alternative to mass produced depression and anxiety meds (psychotropic medications). Users claim Pusangade Motelo makes you happy!

Kambo (Giant Monkey Frog Wax)

Shamans carefully scrape the waxy secretions onto wooden sticks and leave them to dry. The frogs are then release unharmed back into the rainforest.  The wax is a purgative, immunity-boosting medicine considered to be the “vaccine of the forest”. The properties of kambo peptides are used to treat: Depression, Migraines, Blood circulation problems, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Vascular insufficiency, Organ diseases, Cancer, Fertility problems, Deeply rooted toxins, Chronic pain, Fever and infections, Negative energies (traditionally known as “panema”). Kambo is also used to cure addiction to opiate or prescription painkillers and the physical pain associated.

Psilocybe Cubensis

Commonly called shrooms, magic mushrooms, golden tops, cubes, or gold caps. Psilocybe cubensis is a species of psychedelic mushroom whose principal active compounds are psilocybin and psilocin. Psilocybe Cubensis proves to provide tremendous healing effects, both medical as well as spiritual, psychological and emotional. Some benefits include but not limited to brain cell growth, increased creativity, less anxiety, decreased need for caffeine and reduced depression.


Ayahusca is actually a combination of two plants – a vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and a shrub called chacruna (Psychotria viridis). Scientists have uncovered several long-term health benefits from taking Ayahuasca like brain and memory boosting, beneficial psychological shifts, and treatment for OCD, addiction, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. To learn more about Ayahusca check out our friend and Shaman, Neil at

Maca Root

Maca has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in this South America for at least 3000 years. Maca root has traditionally been used to enhance fertility, sex drive, improve energy and stamina.

The Amazon rainforest is our most abundant source of natural medicine. It’s the planets greenhouse with more than 80,000 plant species. The medicinal properties of plants used for centuries by Amazonian tribes to cure all sorts of ailments. In fact around 25 per cent of all drugs used today have been derived from rainforest plants, so if you are ready to learn more about these alternatives contact [email protected] or to Be The Change by helping us conserve The Amazon Rainforest visit

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