Comparison uses Chuchuhuasi (Maytenus macrocarpa) between Bora-Bora of Loreto and shamans of Lima (Peru) | Comparación de los usos del Chuchuhuasi (Maytenus macrocarpa) entre indígenas bora-bora de Loreto y chamanes de Lima (Perú)
Aim: To compare the knowledge and custom about the chuchuhuasi (Maytenus macrocarpa) uses between native ethnic Bora-Bora Amazon populations (Iquitos, Loreto) and the residents healers from Lima, Peru. Methods: The study was conducted mediating voluntary participation. We applied oral survey to the native Bora-Bora and Healers from Lima. We collected information about knowledge and custom in the use of chuchuhuasi. Results: We found that healers of Lima use the chuchuhuasi like a medicine but for commercial way. They referring the following uses: to cure asthma, analgesic activity, and for sexual problems. Also used for mystical, magical, and religious, for healing sessions. The native ethnicity Bora-Bora use chuchuhuasi for medicinal purposes, particularly for severe pain, postpartum pain, to stop postpartum bleeding, and like antidiaorreal. Conclusions: There are probably differences in the use of chuchuhuasi between native Bora-Bora Amazonian population, and residents healers from Lima, Peru. Keywords: Chuchuhuasi, Maytenus macrocarpa, healers, medical uses, traditional medicine
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