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  • Plants of Semillas Sagradas:

    An Ethnomedicinal Garden in Costa Rica

  • Plants of Semillas Sagradas:

    An Ethnomedicinal Garden in Costa Rica

    Rafael Ocampo, BSc. and Michael J. Balick, Ph.DForeword by Peter H. Raven, Ph.D

    Edited by Ruth Goldstein and Katherine Herrera

  • Plants of Semillas Sagradas:

    An Ethnomedicinal Garden in Costa Rica

    2009 Finca Luna Nueva Extractos de Costa Rica, S.A.

    Rafael Ocampo, BSc. and Michael J. Balick, Ph.D

    Edited by Ruth Goldstein and Katherine Herrera Cover and book design by Laura Williams

    First Edition

    This book is available to download from www.fincalunanuevalodge.com

    Printed and bound in the USA

    Paperboard is 100% PCW, PCF, FSC, biogas, and permanently archival.

    ISBN: 978-0-615-27415-7

  • For the Children

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    Medical DisclaimerThis book is not intended as a treatise on herbal medicine. It describes a living garden, Semillas Sagradas at Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica, where medicinal herbs from both the New World and Old World tropics have been collected and propagated. From this predicate, authors Rafael Ocampo and Michael J. Balick have researched and reported upon the uses of these herbs in various traditional medicine systems. Their report on the uses presented in this book is not an endorsement of the therapeutic value or safety of these herbs and is not an exhaustive description of the published literature. This book is therefore not intended in any way as a guide for consumer self-medication and people should consult with a healthcare practitioner before taking any medicinal herbs. Moreover, this book is not intended as a full summary of all available information for healthcare practitioners about these medicinal herbs. Neither the authors nor the publishers accept any liability or responsibility for the accuracy of the information reported or the consequences of the use or misuse of the information in this book. Nothing should be construed to represent an attempt to diagnose, prescribe or administer in any manner to any physical ailment or conditions. In matters of your health care, we recommend that you consult a qualified health practitioner and not attempt to self-treat based on information in this book.

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    Table of ContentsMedical Disclaimer .......................................................................................................................................................................6Foreword by Peter H. Raven, Ph.D. .............................................................................................................................................8Preface by Steven Farrell and Thomas M. Newmark .............................................................................................................. 10Introduction by Rafael Ocampo, BSc. and Michael J. Balick, Ph.D. ..................................................................................... 12References and Photos ............................................................................................................................................................... 14Where we Are ............................................................................................................................................................................. 16Transportation and Directions .................................................................................................................................................... 17Plant Species Aristolochia gigantea .......................................................................................................................................................... 20 Arrabidaea chica ................................................................................................................................................................ 22 Asclepias curassavica ......................................................................................................................................................... 24 Bauhinia guianensis ............................................................................................................................................................ 26 Borojoa patinoi ................................................................................................................................................................... 28 Bursera simaruba ............................................................................................................................................................... 30 Cecropia obtusifolia ............................................................................................................................................................ 32 Cissampelos pareira ........................................................................................................................................................... 34 Cnidoscolus chayamansa ................................................................................................................................................... 36 Chaptalia nutans ................................................................................................................................................................. 38 Dorstenia contrajerva ......................................................................................................................................................... 40 Dracontium gigas ............................................................................................................................................................... 42 Eryngium foetidum .............................................................................................................................................................. 44 Euphorbia lancifolia ........................................................................................................................................................... 46 Fevillea cordifolia ............................................................................................................................................................... 48 Gliricidia sepium................................................................................................................................................................. 50 Hamelia patens ................................................................................................................................................................... 52 Hymenocallis littoralis ........................................................................................................................................................ 54 Hyptis verticillata ................................................................................................................................................................ 56 Jatropha curcas ................................................................................................................................................................... 58Semillas Sagradas in Action -A photo essay ............................................................................................................................. 61 Jatropha gossypiifolia ......................................................................................................................................................... 62 Justicia pectoralis ............................................................................................................................................................... 64 Lippia alba .......................................................................................................................................................................... 66Helping to Build Semillas Sagradas -A photo essay ................................................................................................................ 69 Lippia graveolens................................................................................................................................................................ 70 Malachra alceifolia ............................................................................................................................................................. 72 Phlebodium decumanum .................................................................................................................................................... 74 Psychotria ipecacuanha ..................................................................................................................................................... 78 Quassia amara .................................................................................................................................................................... 80 Senna reticulata ................................................................................................................................................................... 84 Uncaria tomentosa .............................................................................................................................................................. 86The Creatures of Semillas Sagradas -A photo essay ................................................................................................................ 88The Creatures and Fruits of Semillas Sagradas -A photo essay .............................................................................................. 91About the Authors ....................................................................................................................................................................... 93 Index ................................