But, it’s not just plants in the rainforest that are used for medicine, the Asháninka also have their own home gardens where they are able to cultivate plants for food and medicinal purposes.
On a recent trip to Peru, our Programmes Team visited our partners in the remote village, Tankoari. As part of our nutrition project, they have started their own home gardens in which they have decided to grow plants they can use for medicine.
The main plants they currently grow are ginger and turmeric. These plants provide the village with natural anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and nausea relief meaning they don’t need to rely on what we would class as ‘traditional methods’.
We’re working with them to find the best plants to grow to keep the Asháninka healthy, so they can keep the forest standing.