An estimated 400-500 indigenous Amazonian Indian tribes (Amerindians) exist today in the Amazon Rainforest. But, there are about fifty of these tribes who do not have any contact with the outside world.
The many tribes of the Amazon are very diverse in culture, language and heritage.
Of all the interesting Amazon Rainforest plant facts, the most important one may be the fact that many have both medicinal and even anti-cancer properties.
The Amazon Rainforest is home to more than two-thirds of the world’s population of plant species.
The Amazon Rainforest’s 1,500 different flowering plants and 750 types of trees can all be found in one four square mile area. Thus, there is a very distinctive circle of life in the Amazon.
The plants depend on the animals for pollination and the animals depend on the plants for food, shelter and homes.
The soil in which the plants and trees of the Amazon grow tends to be very poor.
The flora of the Amazon contains ingredients used in making herbal medicines.
The Coco Plant, White Trillium Flower, Trumpet Tree and Castor Beans, all found in the Amazon Rainforest, are used for many types of medicinal purposes.
Hapé Tribes in Amazon
In the Amazon tribes, as well as many tribes engaged in plant medicine. There are also tribes that produce hapé used as medicine. The most well known of these are found mainly in Brazilian Amazons. The most hapé producers are the Kaxinawa (Huni Kuin), Kuntanawa, Nukuni, Yawanawa, Shawadawa, Uitoto tribes found in the Amazons of Brazil and Colombia.
Hapé is also used as plant medicine in the Amazon cultures. It is produced through a long process. Like many plants believed to be medicinal in the Amazon, tribes for healing purposes use hapé.
The type of Hapé, ingredients, used plant, strength, softness, quality, effect varies from tribe to tribe. Each tribe has its own method of preparing a hapé.
They believe that Hарé hеlрѕ thеm tо gain ѕtrеngth, сlаritу, and роwеr tо hаvе thе right attitude and tо take correct decisions.
A cleansing hapé made of moi tabaco and Parica tree ashes. Parica is the yopo tree which is also sacramentally used in different parts of South America. This hapé is softer than the Yawanawa Parica which is a strong purgative hapé. This one is a mild version of the Yawanawa Parica and contains more ash than the other hapé types. It can be used for energy cleansing in general and mental detox. It works on the whole body.