Maytenus Krukovii (Chuchuhuasi): The Universal Tonic of the Amazon
If you’re looking for an all-purpose herbal remedy that can provide relief for sore joints and muscles while also boosting your libido, look no further than Maytenus krukovii, also known as Chuchuhuasi. This powerful bark is available throughout the Peruvian Amazon and is prized for its subtle, slow-acting effects that can take several weeks to fully realize.
- Relieves sore joints and muscles
- Enhances libido
- Revitalizes the essence (Jing)
- Supports kidney energy
- Influences all organs and systems associated with the second chakra
Maytenus krukovii influences all the organs and systems associated with the second chakra, including sexual and reproductive organs, adrenals, kidneys, bladder, digestion, immune system, bones, and teeth. Multiple studies have confirmed the bark’s analgesic, anti-inflammatory, gastro-protective, and immune-stimulating properties.
Shamanic Plant Teacher
Maytenus krukovii is respected as a plant teacher in Peruvian shamanism for the strength and protection it confers. It is included in la dieta, the shamanic diet, which forms the basis of shamanic training in the Ucayali region of Peru. Chuchuhuasi is one of many additional ingredients which can be added to the ayahuasca brew.
Chuchuhuasi is a tall, canopy tree indigenous to the tropical rainforests of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It has a number of botanical names including Maytenus krukovii, M. ebenifolia, M. laevis, and M. macrocarpa. Not to be confused with Heisteria pallida which is sometimes referred to as chuchuhuasha or chuchuwasi.
Chuchuhuasi is a powerhouse of triterpenes, flavonols, and sesquiterpene alkaloids. The pyridine alkaloids in the bark are likely responsible for its anti-arthritic effects. One study found its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory action to be more potent than ibuprofen. Chuchuhuasi also contains alkaloids which inhibit protein kinase C (PKC), an enzyme implicated in arthritis and a wide variety of disease processes including asthma, brain tumors, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. A number of chemicals have been identified with antitumor activity, including tingenone and pristimeran, which are effective against skin cancers, and new sesquiterpene compounds plus mayteine and maytansine that have displayed some antitumor activity. Chuchuhuasi has also been found effective against leishmaniasis, a tropical parasitic disease causing skin lesions.
Chuchuhuasi is a truly versatile plant with many benefits for the body and mind. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience its revitalizing effects. Purchase Chuchuhuasi today from the Wisdom of Plants Institute.