120 capsules (650 mg each)
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A nutritonally balancing formula for women which combines the rainforest remedies used to balanc female hormones, for fertility, energy, and libido, and as specific tonics for women.* For more information on the individual ingredients in Amazon Digestion Support, follow the links provided below to the plant database files in the Tropical Plant Database.
Ingredients: A herbal blend of abuta, suma, maca, simarouba, sarsaparilla, chuchuasi, pau d'arco, and damiana. To prepare this natural remedy yourself: use 2 parts abuta and 1 part each of the remaining herbs in the list. To make a small amount... "1 part" could be one tablespoon (you'd have 9 tablespoons of the blended herbal formula). For larger amounts, use "1 part" as one ounce or one cup or one pound. Combine all the herbs together well. The herbal mixture can then be stuffed into capsules or brewed into tea, stirred into juice or other liquid, or taken however you'd like.
Suggested Use: Take 1-2 grams by weight (1 tsp by volume) twice daily or as desired.
Contraindications: None known.
Third-Party Published Documents*
This rainforest formula has not been the subject of any clinical research. A partial listing of
published documentation on each herbal ingredient in the formula is shown below. Please refer to the plant database files by clicking on the plant names below to see all available documentation and research.
Abuta (Cissampelos pareira)
Abuta (Cissampelos pariera) is commonly referred to as the midwives' herb throughout South America because of its long history of use for all types of women's ailments. The vine or root of abuta is used in tropical countries to prevent a threatened miscarriage and to stop uterine hemorrhages after childbirth. Midwives in the Amazon still carry abuta with them for menstrual cramps and pre- and postnatal pain, excessive menstrual bleeding, and uterine hemorrhaging. Abuta is also believed to aid poor digestion, drowsiness after meals, and constipation.
The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs, Leslie Taylor, Square One Publishers, 2005.
Suma (Pfaffia paniculata)
"Suma is called "Brazilian ginseng" because it is a near panacea in Brazil. Although it is not a true ginseng from
the Panax plant family; like ginseng, it has both adaptogenic and immune-enhancing properties. Some researchers
report that it has the ability to strengthen the immune system and reduce tumors. Other researchers have found that
Suma acts primarily as a regulator of the endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal and digestive systems without
stimulatory or inhibitory effects, thus classifying it as a true adaptogen."
HERBS OF THE AMAZON Traditional and Common Uses, Dr. Donna Schwontkowski, Science
Student BrainTrust Publishing, 1993
Maca (Lepidum meyenii)
"Traditionally Maca has been used to increase energy, stamina and endurance in athletes, promote mental clarity, as
an aphrodisiac for both men & women, for male impotence, menstrual irregularities & female hormonal imbalances
including menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome. More recently, athletes are finding Maca to be an excellent
alternative to anabolic steroids."
Steinberg, Phillip; Phil Steinberg's Cat's Claw News; Vol. I, Issue 2; July / August 1995
Simarouba (Simarouba amara)
"French explorers "discovered" this effective remedy when they found that the indigenous tribes in the Guyana rainforest used Simaruba bark as an effective treatment for malaria and dysentery much as
they still do today. Other indigenous tribes throughout the South American Rainforest use Simaruba bark for fevers, malaria, dysentery, as a hemostat to stop bleeding, and a tonic."
Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest, Leslie Taylor, N.D., Prima Publishing, 1998.
Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis)
"A sweet herb used for impotency, liver problems, stress, rheumatism, gout, venereal disease (i.e., syphilis), leukorrhea, herpes, other disorders caused by blood impurities, epilepsy, and nervous system disorders. Reduces fever, clears skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, and controls diabetes. Also good for stomach and kidney disorders. Regulates hormones, increases energy, and protects against harmful radiation."
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, James F. Balch, M.D., Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, 1990
Chuchuhuasi (Maytenus krukovii, ebenfolia)
"Chuchuwasi is prepared by chopping the root bark of a very large tree, Maytenus ebenfolia (Celastraceae), and
letting it steep for a week in aguardiente or white rum. The resulting infusion is one of numerous jungle potions
known as "aphrodisiacs." These are reputed to cure male impotence, whether due to age or illness, and to enhance
the virility of the healthy. But more important are the claims made for its ability to cure all types of rheumatism, and
to act as a general tonic for women as well as men. I have seen it restore to good health two women who had
each, for some months, been in a very debilitated state of health from some undiagnosed illness."
Witch-Doctor's Apprentice, Hunting for Medicinal Plants in the Amazon, Nicole Maxwell, Citadel Press,
Pau d'Arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa)
"Pau d' Arco has been revered by the Rainforest Indians for centuries. It is one of the most useful Brazilian
herbs. It is called the "divine tree." It is helpful in rheumatism and arthritic inflammation, prostatitis, cystitis, and
beneficial for controlling fungus and yeast overgrowth in the body. This multi-purpose herb helps prevent tumor
formation and is thought to eliminate toxins and purify the blood."
HERBS OF THE AMAZON Traditional and Common Uses, Dr. Donna Schwontkowski, Science Student BrainTrust Publishing, 1993
Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca)
"Dr. Reid uses Damiana in all conditions where a general tonic is needed, especially if there be enfeeblement of the
central nervous system. He esteems it most highly, prescribing it constantly for this purpose. It is valuable in renal
and cystic catarrh and in general irritation of the urinary passages, through its influence in soothing irritation of
mucous membranes. This latter property renders it valuable in the treatment of respiratory disorders, especially
those accompanied with profuse secretion. "In terms of the action of this remedy in its influence upon the
reproductive organs, Dr. Reid mentions dysmenorrhea, headache, at the menstrual epoch, bad complexion, rough
or discolored patches on the skin with acne, especially of asevere type, depending upon uterine irritation. Eruption
resembling eczema, from insufficient menstruation. Dr. Watkins gives as its further indications, delayed or
suppressed menstruation in young girls, irregularity at the beginning of menstruation, amenorrhoea in very young
girls. It will certainly allay sensitiveness of the sympathetic nervous system to irritations caused by disorders of the
womb and ovaries."
Herbal Materia Medica, David L. Hoffmann B.Sc. (Hons), M.N.I.M.H. 2000
*The statements contained herein have not been evaluated
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