In addition to the vast treasure of traditional remedies from the Ecuadorian Amazon tribes, various villages from around Ecuador have centuries of collected folk medicine wisdom passed down the generations. For example, research in the southern highlands of Ecuador located 131 plant species that were used for medicinal purposes, with reports that over 900 plants are used for herbal medicine in the country!
Particularly, the shamans of the Quichua culture are esteemed as holders of powerful medicine, and along the coast the Tschachila healers are likewise respected. In fact, respect and support for traditional healing methods is written into the country’s constitution.
Holistic Treatments: Examination of the urine and tongue as indicators of general health or disease is common among the country’s indigenous healers. Ecuador’s Sangre de Drago tree is becoming well-known for the anti-cancer proanthocyanidins in its tree sap (supplements are available). Ayahuasca as a healing and revelatory agent has a long history of use in Ecuador and attracts increasing interest from medical researchers.