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Medicinal Plants of Belize
Transcript of Medicinal Plants of Belize
Why are home remedies used?
Do they work?
Medicinas Caseras in BELIZE
Examples we saw
is the use of extracts from natural origins (like plants or herbs) as medicines or health-promoting agents
Ancient home remedies are the origins of many
Some simply cause a
People who use home remedies often
to prescription medications
In some cases, medicinal plants are more
than their modern pill equivalents
of families and communities use the same healing techniques
is passed down from parents to children
Users accept the
of the technique
Neighbors and friends within the same
share knowledge of remedies amongst each other
Repeated success of the treatment confirms the belief in its
In many communities, the plants used most often as remedies
within the area or are cultivated in small gardens
the plant requires only a short walk
There is no
is usually simple and can be done at home
, in contrast, require:
A visit to a doctor
A written prescription
A trip to the pharmacy
A long amount of time
A limited supply of medication
Fruits and Vegetables
Yellow Balsam (common name)
Croton flavens L. (scientific name)
Resin was used by Mayans to seal blood vessels and has since been found to have tumor-fighting properties
tree bark (Mayan)
Bourreria pulchra Millsp.
Bark was used by Mayans to treat and close wounds in muscle tissue
Theobroma cacao (Scientific)
Used by the Mayans to stimulate the nervous system, improve weight gain, digestion, and kidney and bowel function, among many other uses.
Capsicum sp. a Solanaceae
The Mayans used the tissues of the pepper for antimicrobial / antibiotic treatments
More than 100 Mayan medicinal plants have been documented
for them it should work for me"
Teas that were treatments become
Herbs that were cures become seasonings in
Fruits with health benefits become
It can seem like these supplements are keeping the person
, even if no illness would have occurred without them
in the treatment
of the treatment
are important in many cultures
A visit to the doctor requires admitting to sometimes
symptoms or causes
Home remedies are
if concealment is desired
A Presentation by:
Catherine Van Doorn
Special thanks to:
Dr. Patrick Hickey
Eileen "Eyes" Korpita
Impact of the Mayan Traditions
2000 B.C. - 1500 A.D.
Mayan culture existed without influence from the Spanish (until colonization in the 17th century)
The "Guacamole" Tree
Unknown Red Leaf