Nowadays, many people are medicated or self-medicate with generic drugs that, over time, have their side effects. But the same, he continues to maintain the traditions and entrust his health to natural remedies.
At the Nazareth Hospital in the Sumapaz Zone in Cundinamarca, more than 2,500 patients are treated with what nature provides.
This hospital is located within the Chaquén Theme Park whose objective is research on the ecosystem health of the human being and ecotherapy. The Sumapaz region is agricultural, in this town we can find one of the largest potato growing areas on the planet with about 178,000 hectares, the inhabitants have various diseases due to the use of pesticides and bone-joint pain that they get from their work, such also problems related to sun exposure.
The people in charge of the Nazareth Hospital also teach their patients the importance of improving agricultural practices such as rotating crops to avoid pests and land degradation and not have to use so much agrochemicals.
In the same way, they also train farmers and doctors on the use of 25 species of medicinal plants - such as papayuela, vira vira and altamisa - of the 90 approved in Colombia by the Invima Pharmaceutical Products Review Commission for the treatment of some of their diseases . According to the WHO, 40% of the population in Colombia uses traditional medicine. Peasant and indigenous communities are the ones that resort the most to it and take advantage of up to 5,000 species.
Ecotherapy, as these natural treatments are called, also favor people who live in Bogotá and who suffer from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
This Hospital trains and provides educational cards to the community to teach them how to properly use traditional medicine. Next we will show you some plants that they use for some human diseases.
Plants used in natural remedies
- Digestive problems: Garlic, basil, mint, senna, linseed, aloe vera crystals, peppermint, anise, cinnamon, chamomile, boldo.
- Skin care:With gualanday, plantain, calendula, yerbamora.
- Respiratory diseases: With elderberry, ginger, totumo, rosemary, totumo, mallow.
- Dolores: With common nettle, oregano, willow, rue, dandelion, chuchuaza, thyme, calendula.
- Altered nerves: With lemon balm, passionflower, chamomile, valerian, citron, orange, apple.
- Urinary tract infections: With major nettle and tack tack.
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