Plant Teachers

Ajo Sacha

Scientific Name: Mansoa alliacea

Indigenous names - Ajo Sacha, Lavender Garlic Vine, ajo macho, ajos del monte, bo’o-ho, be’o-ja, boens,frukutitei, niaboens, posatalu, pusanga, sacha ajo, shansque, boains.

Uses: Relieves pain, reduces inflammation, fever, kills bacteria, can be ingested or used in baths

Spiritual properties: good for depressive states, it repairs the energy in all the body, and offers protection



Uses: Repairs the body, cleans negative energies, ingest or use in baths



Scientific Name: Banisteriopsis Caapi

Uses: Physically it cleans the stomach, is good for diarrhea and parasites, anti-inflammatory

Spiritual properties: Spiritual master plant for learning

Ingested as thick drink



Scientific Name: Calliandra Angustifolia

Indigenous names: bobinsana, bobinzana, balata, bobensana, bubinianal, bubinsana, bushiglla, capabo, chipero, cigana, koprupi, kori-sacha, kuanti, neweí, quinilla blanca, semein, sháwi, yacu yutzu, yopoyo.

Uses: Rheumatism, arthritis, post partum issues, fluid retention, cold, uterine disorders, and edema.

Spiritual properties: It is said to root the person more closely to the natural realm, creating a good base to spiritual development, affording spiritual strength. The spirit of this plant arises from the water and it presents itself like a mermaid.



Uses: Good for pain, hernia, sprain

Spiritual properties: Builds up the spirit and the body Ingested



Scientific Name: Hura Crepitan SL

Uses: Snake bites, wound healing

Spiritual properties: Master plant that cleans the body and teaches the art of healing.

You can drink the sap or take baths




Cat’s Claw

Scientific Name: Uncaria tomentosa or Uncaria guianensis

Indigenous names: Ajagke, garabato, uña de gato

Uses: kidneys, the liver, immune system, diuretic for cancer and AIDS, heart disease. Taken in form of capsules, tea and extract




Scientific Name: Psychotria viridis

Uses: Added to the ayahuasca to complete the effects of the brew.

Spiritual properties: Considered the “princess of the jungle” Ingested as part of ayahuasca brew


Chiric Sanango

Scientific Name: Brunfelsia grandiflora

Indigenous names: Manacá, manacán, chiric sanango, chuchuwasha, manaka, vegetable mercury, managá caa, gambá, jeratacaca, bloom of the lent, camgaba, Christmas bloom

Uses: Arthritis rheumatism, stimulate lymphatic system, venereal disease, cold, snake bites

Spiritual properties: connection with inner self, makes us sensitive when we take it, reflection, repairs the energy of the body



Scientific Name: Maytenus Krukovii

Indigenous names: Chuchuhuasi, chucchu huashu, chuchuasi, chuchasha, chuchuhuasha

Uses: Relieves pains, relieves inflammation, arthritis, rheumatism, arthrosis, reconstituent. Increase libido

Spiritual properties: spiritual master plant. It balances our masculine and feminine energies, it gives strength and reflection and awareness


Clavo huasca

Scientific Name: Tynanthus sp.

Indigenous names: Clavo huasca, clove vine, white clove, clavohuasca, cipó cravo, cipó trindade

Uses: Stimulates digestion, increases libido, reconstituent

Spiritual properties: for spiritual growth



Scientific Name: Erythroxylum coca

Uses: High altitude, colic, headache aphony,

Spiritual properties: A spiritual master plant, divination, connection with the earth, gives strength and power



Scientific Name: Ilex guayusa

Indigenous names: Huayosa, huayusa, guayusa, guayosa

Uses: Stimulant

Spiritual properties: Takes away fear, gives courage, heals laziness, harmonize us with the jungle



Scientific Name: Euterpe sp.

Indigenous names: Acai, açaí, acaí, acaizeiro, acaí-do-Pará, asai, ashaí, assaí, cabbage palm, cansin, chonta, guasai, hasabis, hausai, huai, jicara, juçara, manac, manaka, manicole, morroke, naidí, palisade pine, palmito, palmiteiro, panan, pina, pinau, pinot, piriá, prasara, saké, uassi, ungurahua, wasei, wapoe, yisara, yuyu chonta

Uses: diabetes, fever, hair loss, hemorrhages, hepatitis, jaundice, kidney problems, liver diseases, malaria, menstrual pain, and muscle pain


Jergon sacha

Scientific Name: Dracontium Loretense

Indigenous Names: Jergón sacha, fer-de-lance, sacha jergon, hierba del jergon, erva-jararaca, jararaca, jararaca-taia, milho-de-cobra, taja-de-cobra

Uses: HIV/AIDS, cancerous tumors, gastrointestinal problems, hernias (as a decoction applied topically), hand tremors, heart palpitations, and to enhance immune function



Lupuna blanca

Scientific Name: Ceiba sp or Ceiba pentadra

Spiritual properties: Spiritual protection. (the tallest tree in the jungle)


Misqui Panga

Scientific Name: Renealmia alpinia (Zingiberaceae)

Indigenous Names: Renealmia, Mishqui panga

Uses: For baths and compliment of the ayahuasca. In quechua dialect, “mishqui” means tasty and “panga” leaf. Indeed, the leaves are used for authentic “patarashca”, which is fish that is roasted while wrapped in mishqui panga. The leaves flavor the fish. The ripe fruits produce a purple dye that is used for dying fibres of plants species such as Astrocaryum that are used in weaving. This dye even serves as ink for writing and the skin tattoos. The root also makes a yellow-orange dye.



Scientific Name: Petiveria alliacia sp

Indigenous Names: Anamu, apacin, apacina, apazote de zorro, aposin, ave, aveterinaryte, calauchin, chasser vermine, congo root, douvant-douvant, emeruaiuma, garlic weed, guinea henweed, guine, guinea, guinea hen leaf, gully root, herbe aux poules, hierba de las gallinitas, huevo de gato, kojo root, kuan, kudjuruk, lemtewei, lemuru, mal pouri, mapurit, mapurite, mucura-caa, mucura, mucuracáa, ocano, payche, pipi, tipi, verbena hedionda, verveine puante, zorrillo

Uses: Restorative and anti-rheumatic

Spiritual properties: Reduces fear, bad luck



Scientific Name: Ficus insipida

Uses: Parasites. Many preparation methods exist. The latex is often fermented with sugar cane, orange juice or aguardiente, and then taken orally.

Spiritual properties: Profound cleansing of the lower charkas



Scientific Name: Cyperus articulatus

Indigenous Names: adrue, andek, chintul, guinea rush, hadrue, huaste, ibenki, ibenkiki, jointed flat sedge, kajiji, kamaleji, karihi, mandassi, masho huaste, nihue huaste, nuni, piriprioca, piri-piri, piri piri, piripiri, priprioca, piripiri de sangre, piripiri de vibora, savane tremblante, shakó, waste, yahuar piripiri, zacoo.

Uses: Stops vomiting, diarrhea, is a sedative, calms the nerves, kills yeast

Spiritual properties: Magical properties



Scientific Name: Ficus schultesii

Uses: Good for cuts, spots in the skin, scars, broken bones

Spiritual properties: teaches how to set bones, teaches about love.



Scientific Name: Nicotiania rustica

Uses: Purgative, cleans stomach

Spiritual properties: Master plant, teaches the art of healing



Scientific Name: Brugmansia suaveolens

Indigenous Names: Toé; Floripondio; Misha; Maricahua; Campana; Borachero; Toa; Maikoa (Jivaro); Chuchupanda (Amahuaca); Aiipa (Amarakaeri); Haiiapa (Huachipaeri); Saaro (Machiquenga); Gayapa y Kanachijero (Piro-Yine); Kanachiari (Shipibo-Conibo)

Uses: Infection, abcesses, tumors, spasmolytic, anti-asthmatic, anticholinergic and anesthetic

Spiritual properties: Master plant, gives vision

Ucho sanango

Scientific Name: Bonafousia undulata

Uses: resin is used for snakebites, pulp for toothaches, tonic is used for fever, colds, obesity, rheumatism and syphilis.

Spiritual properties: Acquire psychic power, strength


Ushpawasa sanango

Spiritual properties: Opens the emotions, opens the heart, provides family work, brings old childhood


Yawar Panga

Scientific Name: Aristolochia didyma

Uses: Powerful purgative, cleans the stomach and the upper charkas

Spiritual properties: Brings profound inner structures out to the surface, releases blocked energies


Yawar piri-piri

Scientific Name: Eleutherine bulbos

Uses: Antihemorragico, disenteria, astringente



This is an introduction to some of the medicinal and spiritual plant teachers of the Amazon. We have made every attempt to be accurate in our reporting of the information and pictorial representation. Please know that each area of the jungle has different names for the same plants, and the plants here are organized alphabetically by the common Amazonian names.