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Peruvian Coca Leaf
The antiquity of the coca in Peru is at least of 4.000 years and probably more.
The coca plant is as old as man. The cultivation and consumption of its leaves, which were considered sacred by pre-Columbian civilizations goes back over 4,000 years. Of greatest significance is the fact that over time the shrub has become an integral part of Andean culture and today, as in the past, it represents the material and spiritual force underlying the identity of the indigenous peoples.
Peru, the world's largest
source of coca, has both licit and illicit cultivation. Licit coca is
cultivation by farmers registered with the National Coca Monopoly (ENACO).
ENACO buys and sells it to retailers either for resale domestically, for
chewing or for herbal tea, or for export to produce soft drink flavoring
or pharmaceuticals. The 18,000 hectares that have been registered for
licit coca cultivation are centered in the department of Cuzco.
Coca Leaf.. Traditional Medicine
In the light of the research
carried out and confirmed by daily experience, one may assert that the
coca plant is essentially a medicinal plant par excellence, whose preventive
and therapeutic properties have demonstrated their effectiveness throughout
It is not by chance that
the plant has acquired a broad and diverse range of applications in the
traditional medicine of the indigenous people. Its irreplaceable qualities
have been demonstrated over time and throughout a vast territory. The
coca leaf has established itself as the traditional remedy for treating
physiological and psychological illness, and by virtue of its composition
it is a powerful energy restorer for curing stomach and digestive ailments,
alleviating affections of the larynx and vocal chords, preventing vertigo,
regulating arterial pressure and the metabolism of carbohydrates, and
even of improving sexual prowess.
The Indians used the coca leaf for the treatment of as different diseases as the upset stomach and the rheumatism. The Limean doctors tried to duplicate the elaborated coca cataplasms, because they were informed into the successful administration of the healers of the mountain range in patients who suffered rheumatic pains
Peruvian wise person Hipolito Unanue affirmed that from time of the Incas the natives had used the coca leaf like incomparable tonic for the old ones
Investigators affirm the low incidence of cardiovascular diseases in the mascadores natives of Coca leaves . Also the little frequency of dental decays is well-known.
Coca, Erythroxylum coca, nitric oxide, science
In this paper the peruvian authors Pedro Angulo and Cesar Fuentes: show a short review about the process of science and display an overview on the use of coca leaves ( rythroxylum coca) in the context of andean science, stigmatized by the occidental world. As well as, the researches of some peruvian scientifics are commented. It remains enigmatic as to why coca has medicinal properties and why could contribute to the manking welfare. To answer this enigma they does propose an hipotesis utilizing the nitric oxide model as a new paradigm on their scientific study.
Osteoporosis Free: with Peruvian Coca Leaf..?
The dramatic history of Gean Pierre, a Peruvian boy of 5 years, immobilized, left by science and in terminal condition with the disease of Pertes and recovered totally in few months, only enriching his foods with 30 grams daily of ground coca leaves, opens that possibility.
treatment made in a Peruvian hospital by the nutritionist Maritza Vera,
was encouraged by previous successes with other patients who cured themselves
of diverse diseases like chronic anemia, depression, osteoporosis and
until leukemia, only adding "flour of coca" (toasted and ground
coca leaf) to their foods. The coca contains "reserpina" that
regulates the pressure and forms osteoblast, for that reason acts in patients
with osteoporosis, says Maritza Vera.
Maritza says the coca is a wonderful plant, every 3 months cures to you of some disease. She has been remarkable successful treating different diseases and continues spreading the remarkable healthful properties of the coca leaf.
In Peru the coca flour use is extending for the treatment of diverse diseases, mainly osteoporosis, arthrosis, gastritis etc. ENACO, (National Company of the Coca) sells "coca flour" freely, to cover an increasing national demand.
After years of management, ENACO (National Company of the Coca in Peru) has managed to give to a new impulse to industrialization and export of coca leaves. First, with the sale of "mate de coca" (tea of coca) a to South Africa and the United States and Switzerland; and also with the production of coca leaf extract that will be used like flavor in the United States. The own DEA guaranteed the sale to the United States
The Government of Peru would have to initiate extensive clinical studies, local and international to demonstrate scientifically the curatives properties of the coca leaf, that actually already are accepted by an increasing Peruvian population.
A peruvian presidential candidate has proposed
to enrich the flour to elaborate bread with a 2 % of coca flour due to
its high calcium content.
CONFUSION BETWEEN COCA AND DRUGS
Firstly, it is necessary to stress and distinguish the fundamental difference between chewing coca in the Andean setting and the unlawful use of cocaine in the West. In a speech made in 1992 before the annual Assembly of the World Health Organization, the President of the Republic of Bolivia, Mr. Paz Zamora referred to these confused and contradictory interpretations and observed that "coca is an Andean tradition while cocaine is a Western habit"
The concentration of cocaine alkaloid in the leaf, is very low, and therefore, ingested in natural form, it does not produce serious toxicity nor it generates dependency. It acts like stimulating weighs, it improves the attention and the coordination of ideas; is something as well as to take a concentrated coffee
Coca Leaf.. Nutritional Value
A very important study done by the Harvard University found that the coca leaf has a large amount of nutrients, more than other foods well known as strong ones:
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