Taller de Intercambio

Five 'Nacionalidades' exchange their knowledge about traditional medicine and learn homoeopathic First Aid

Visiting an Achuar Comunidad in the rainforest

In August 2014 the Achuar invited us to visit their little community Wachirpas in the Ecuadorian rainforest close to the border of Peru.

One of our participants is from Wachirpas. She gives us a warm welcome and shows us the real life of  the Achuar living there. We experience warm hospitality as well as bad health conditions. The only hospital ward in the community just has some malaria remedies at their disposal, no more medical support is to be found.

The government has promised to build „subcentros“ to grant medical care for all inhabitants of Ecuador, which have not been realized in many areas. Especially indigenous women from the rainforest suffer from this situation since they have to endure childbirth without any support. Transportation to the next hospital depends on a boat or small plane, which has to be requested by radio communication, and furthermore on the weather conditions. People tell us that the immunity in the rainforest has significantly decreased.

The country of Ecuador as well as the whole world benefit from the exploitation of the Amazon area. Hardly any Dollar earned by the valuable resources is given back to the people whose basis of existence is being removed.

In Wachirpas the inhabitants try to use their own healing remedies. But they have to face unknown diseases and chronical disease patterns as well as lifestyle diseases being carried into the rainforest.

The natives are enthusiastic about our common project exchanging knowledge about alternative medicine. They will revive their own knowledge and learn the basics of homoeopathic First Aid. Childbirth seems to be an important topic for them. Any doubts whether homoeopathy in the rainforest is reasonable or not have disappeared.

First Lessons in Puyo

Some days later we start our „taller de intercambio“ in Puyo, one of the rainforest cities of Ecuador. The indigenous participants present their medical plants, and we teach the principles of homoeopathy and some homoeoepathic remedies. The participants are mainly women from five different indigenous „nacionalidades“, Achuar, Quechua, Huaorani, Zápara and Shiwiar, some more have applied for the future lessons. They talk about their lives, experiences with snakebites, childbirth and other occurrences, their traditional medical plants, their successful and unsuccessful healings. For many of them it’s the first intercultural communication. We all are touched by the trustful atmosphere, the respect and the seriousness of this encounter.

After our lessons we distribute three homoeopathic remedies which we have thoroughly trained so that the participants can use them at home and in their rainforest “comunidades“ if required.

I want to thank all friends and supporters who have enabled us to start this project as well as pushing on open doors in Ecuador, the amazing hospitality and the confidence the indigenous people provided.

We all are looking forward to continuing our „intercambio“. We all have realized that we are doing more than a project about alternative medicine. We are producing a network realizing that we all live in ONE world.

Marion Boehm, September 2014

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Official language:                          Spanish

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