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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Traditional Medicinal Cures: from China, to Peru

This is true medicine, traditional and ancient practices have validated it.

Watch the videos and pictures, very telling indeed. Enjoy:

The Witch Doctor Will See You Now: Snake Blood Remedy

Monday, 11/7 at 10P et/pt
Piers Gibbon travels to Hong Kong to discover the secrets of Traditional Chinese Medicine and find out whether it can heal two Americans where western medicine has failed.
It cures malaria: armetisanin.

B. The Machinga Tree in Peru, drinking the sap for 3 months will help see how the jungle and spirit interact in the process of healing.

C. And magic potion 4 kidneys, and penis wine 4 potency:

Facts: Snake Blood Remedy
From the Witch Doctor Will See You Now: China

Photo by: Bullseye Productions Ltd. and Carolyn Payne

• Hong Kong is home to one of the oldest forms of medicine – Traditional Chinese Medicine.

• 60% of people in Hong Kong use some form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

• Hong Kong has the second highest life expectancy in the world – 82, which is 4 years longer than the US.

• Chinese herbal medicine is based on what is considered to be the oldest book on oriental herbal medicine, The Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic, a 2000 year old medicinal Chinese book.

• Unlike Western medicine, Chinese medicine believes that the body and mind are inseparable, and a life-force called Qi flows through the body. When it can’t flow freely, the body is prone to illness.

• Acupuncture, one of the most well known Chinese medicine techniques, has been proven to elicit the release of morphine like substances, which can ultimately lead to pain relief.

• Chinese Herbal Remedies can contain literally thousands of different ingredients from tree bark to toxic venom. Chinese medicine believes toxic toad venom can even help with cancer.

• Willow Bark is an ancient herb used in China for thousands of years to treat pain, headache and inflammatory conditions. The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin. In the 1800s, salicin was actually used to develop aspirin.

• Chinese Wormwood herb was the source for the discovery of artemisinin, which is now used worldwide to treat malaria.

• Some Chinese herbal remedies have been known to have western synthetic drugs added to them so that the patient has an immediate reaction and feels that the remedy is having an effect on them. Things like steroids, paracetamol, caffeine, anti inflammatory agents, anticonvulsants and diazepam (a tranquilizer).

• Snakes are an important medicinal animal in Chinese medicine. Their meat, as well as blood and bile, are sold for medicinal purposes and for its supposed aphrodisiac quality.

• Chinese Medicine has a reputation for using endangered animals, including tigers, bears and sea horses. Hong Kong has strict regulations in place to try and stop the trade in endangered species.

• Tongue acupuncture was actually invented by Dr Sun Jie Guang, featured in the show. It is based on one of the most ancient medical books in China, Wang Di Internal Medicine, and the idea that the tongue is the intersection of all 14 meridians in the human body.

• Wet cupping (cupping with bloodletting) has been proven effective in Western medicinal trials, at elevating back and knee pain.

• In China, acupuncture is sometimes used in surgery instead of an anesthetic. In 2007, Shanhai Renji Hospital, in China completed the nation’s first successful heart by-pass surgery via acupuncture and only a small amount of intravenous medication as an anesthetic.

Hallucinogenic Healing Facts

Facts: Hallucinogenic Healing
From the Witch Doctor Will See You Now: Amazon

• Peru is home to 13% of the vast Amazon jungle.

• Peru has over 65 million hectares (161 million acres) of Amazon tropical forest – 9 million hectares (22 million acres) of which are covered by Indigenous tribes in various regions throughout the Amazon.

• The Amazon is home to as many as 80,000 plant species, and drugs like quinine, muscle relaxants, steroids and cancer drugs have been found in the Amazon.

• Over 100 pharmaceutical companies, and even the US government, are currently funding projects studying the indigenous plant knowledge, and the specific plants used by native shamans and healers.

• Worldwide, over 120 pharmaceutical products that are commercially used have been derived from plants, and about 75% were discovered by examining the use of these plants in traditional medicine.

• Amazingly, only around 5-10% of plants in the Amazon have been studied properly.

• 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from plants.

• Around 70% of anti-cancer drugs currently used, are derived in one way or another from natural sources – including plants, marine organisms and micro-organisms.

• The Shipibo people have had 300 years of contact with Europeans and Peruvians, yet they still maintain a strong tribal identity and retain many of their prehistoric shamanic traditions and beliefs.

• Ayahuasca, the Shipibo hallucinogenic brew used for diagnosis, has been used by native South American Indians and Shamans for at least a thousand years for spiritual and healing purposes. Today, large religious organisations such as Santo Daime in Brazil use Ayahuasca legally as a holy drink at their spiritual ceremonies.

• The Shipibo use the fat of the caiman for asthma and lung problems. Interestingly, a study in China on mice and rats, found that alligator meat has significant effects on relieving cough, dispelling phlegm, as well as having anti-inflammation and immunological regulation.

• The leaves from the plant Chacruna, used in the Shipibo Ayahuasca brew, contain the psychoactive drug Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) that has a structural resemblance with Serotonin, a chemical transmitter substance naturally found in the brain. When DMT binds to the nerve receptors in the brain, a change in the state of consciousness takes place.

• The Ishanga nettles, used by the Shipibo for stomach problems, have been found to have chemical compounds and nutrients, which become injected in the skin when beaten against the patient’s stomach. These compounds and nutrients are believed to stimulate the production of mast cells, which might in turn result in anti-inflammatory activity away from the sting.

• The plant Cat’s Claw is used by the Shipibo to treat a variety of health problems. It has been through clinical studies, and found to help relax the muscles, dilate blood vessels, and act as a diuretic. It also has antioxidant properties, and preliminary studies show it may have antitumor and anticancer effects. In Peru it is officially recognised by the government as a medicinal plant, and is protected for export.

• Quinine, found in the bark of the South American Cinchona tree was, until the 1930s, the only effective agent for the treatment of malaria. Although it’s no longer used on its own, many of the anti-malaria drugs are derivates of this compound.

Snake Blood Remedy Facts

Goat Blood Bath Facts

Facts: Goat Blood Bath
From the Witch Doctor Will See You Now: Cameroon

Photo by: Bullseye Productions Ltd. and Chris Taylor
• There are estimated to be 10,000 traditional healers in Cameroon, which works out at 1 per 700 people. In comparison, there are only around 3000 Western doctors (1 per 10,500 people).

• Approximately 80% of the population in Cameroon use at least one kind of alternative therapy from traditional healers.

• In Cameroon the infant mortality rate exceeds 6%, and only half the population has access to safe drinking water. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has emerged as one of the most pressing social health concerns.

• There are over 8000 species of plants in Cameroon, ranging from trees such as palms, ebony, African baobab, and rubber to crops such as cotton and coffee, to beautiful flowering plants.

• The Cameroon plant ‘Ancistrocladus Korupenis’ has been used by traditional healers for HIV for years. Only recently has it been found in Western studies that the compound of the plant actually active against two strains of the HIV virus, although at present it is far too toxic to be used as therapy.

• Traditional healers consider their knowledge of plants and medicines to be inherently secretive, because it is gift from the ancestors, and having suffered for years to learn their art, they are reluctant to hand any information over to researchers.

• Devil’s Claw, native to South Africa, is an extremely important plant, used by African traditional healers. It’s used to treat a variety of ailments, including arthritis. In the US, Devil’s Claw extracts have been in phase-II clinical trials for the treatment of hip and knee arthritis.

• The Cameroon traditional healing plant ‘Prunus Aricana’ is commonly used in the West as a natural way for lowering testosterone and for inflammation of the prostate. Cameroon is the biggest exporter of Prunus Africana to the West.

• Iboga is an African shrub, used by traditional healers and as a well-known hallucinogen used in male rites of passage. Western studies have found that Ibogaine, an alkaloid in Iboga actually seems to have anti-addictive qualities, and has been tested on heroin addicts, and shown to have had success.

• Mahogany, native to West Africa, is being studied in a $300,000, two year grant from the National Cancer Institute, to find out if the anti-inflammatory compounds in mahogany could help prevent or treat colon cancer.

• The Kola nut is native to tropical Africa, and commonly used by traditional healers. It is this nut that the flavour for cola drinks is based on.

• Many African medicinal plants are now in the world market, including Madagascar Rose Periwinkle for leukemia, Rauwolfia vomitoria Afz is a major tranquilizer and Calabar bean for inflammation of the eye.

• Many of the treatments in Cameroon are psychological at their heart, such as the burying of a patient for a small amount of time to rid them of their anxieties. This is similar to a form of behavioral therapy called flooding, whereby the patient must face their worst fears head on in order to overcome them.

• The Pygmies have one of the oldest cultures on earth, and still practice ancient tribal medical techniques.

• The Bagyeli Pygmies are extremely concerned their medicinal plants might soon be lost forever. The community was displaced by the Government and as they have moved out the logging companies are moving in, chopping down the forest, but more importantly trampling all over their plants that have cured them for decades.




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