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Coronavirus marks the rebirth of traditional medicine in Mexico

ATLIXCO, MEXICO (Sputnik) – Mexican herbalists have gained confidence and good reputations and increased sales of their plants for treatments of the ancient traditional medicine, recommended for respiratory diseases in times of the new coronavirus pandemic.

“The medicinal herbs that we sell the most now are the echinacea, he dandelion, the chamomile, and the Green Tea, which serve to protect against colds, “Reynaldo Rosas Ramírez tells this agency, while proudly showing off his green plants.

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Healing plant farmer Reynaldo Rosas Ramírez

Echinacea’s well-known reputation, says the herbalist, has even been verified in “clinical trials on the common cold.”

Studies have shown the plant’s properties of attractive pink petal flowers, which contributes to strengthen the respiratory immune system.

The mix of dried green herbs is offered in a more attractive presentation, in transparent bags with a name of medical reminiscence: Interferon.

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Herbal tea to strengthen the body

It is the protein produced by cells of vertebrate animals such as humans, which prevent the entry of pathogens, such as viruses.

“Composed of green tea leaves, chamomile and dandelion, antiviral, the three make up Interferon that help strengthen the immune system,” the handicraft reads, with the images of medicinal plants.

The farmer owns one of the many traditional nurseries that exist in the colonial town of Atlixco, in the center of the country, which is nourished by the mineral waters that descend at the foot of the Popocatépetl volcano.

This is how it offers the difference in the popular Nurseries of Cabrera de Atlixco, which provide Mexico City and towns in the central highlands with tons of flowers for each holiday of the year, from the red Christmas Eve for Christmas, to the orange Cempazúchitl that decorates the Day of the Dead altars.

  • Medicinal plants in the Nurseries of Atlixco, on the slopes of the Popocatépetl volcano

    Medicinal plants in the Nurseries of Atlixco, on the slopes of the Popocatépetl volcano

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  • Medicinal plants in the Nurseries of Atlixco, on the slopes of the Popocatépetl volcano

    Medicinal plants in the Nurseries of Atlixco, on the slopes of the Popocatépetl volcano

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  • Medicinal plants in the Nurseries of Atlixco, on the slopes of the Popocatépetl volcano

    Medicinal plants in the Nurseries of Atlixco, on the slopes of the Popocatépetl volcano

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Medicinal plants in the Nurseries of Atlixco, on the slopes of the Popocatépetl volcano

The grower’s mother, Mrs. Gloria Ramírez, passed on to her children her vocation for traditional medicine, and for two decades she led a sale of healing plants in the town’s main square, the colonial yellow plinth of Atlixco.

“I’m not going anymore, I’m sick and I can’t walk, but we always recommend green tea for the flu, which costs about 20 pesos (less than a dollar), and should be drunk as time water, all day,” he explained. Sputnik the diffuser of tradition.

The herb market is reborn

About 30 kilometers from Atlixco, sales of anti-flu herbs are reborn in the old popular market of nearby Cholula, the oldest inhabited town on the continent.

“The sale of herbs has brought more customers, we did not even know why they asked us so much for dandelion,” indigenous vendor Juana Coriche González told Sputnik.

The woman reports that even a doctor came to the market to buy large supplies of herbs, recommended for respiratory diseases.

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Indigenous seller of healing herbs in the popular market of Cholula, Puebla, Juana Coriche González

“A doctor came and took everything. He told me: ‘give me everything you sell’; I asked him why he wanted it: ‘to prevent the coronavirus,’ he said, and he took everything, I don’t even have those herbs anymore,” he says. the herbalist.

A trade that resurfaces

The business keeps dozens of warehouses selling herbs and medicinal plants busy in the colonial city of Puebla, Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 1987, capital of the neighboring state of Mexico City.

Rosa Maria González, a botanical technique in naturopathy, tells Sputnik the most successful recipes this spring.

“We work a lot on equinacy, in plants or in tablets; it helps to strengthen the immune system, we also sell it in syrup and pills,” says the person in charge of the Aztec Botanical Center in Puebla.

With a quarter of a century of existence, this naturist business also recommends for respiratory diseases “abango, to drink soluble tea, herbs that have a mild flavor, it is fresh and minty, two tablespoons in each glass of boiled water are sufficient.”

For 75 pesos, the equivalent of about three dollars, you can get 25 sachets for that infusion.

In addition to dandelion and green tea, there are other healing herbs, such as mullein, fistula cane, and eucalyptus, which are sold in one-kilo dried mixes, for 65 pesos, about $ 2.50.

“For fevers we recommend propolis, produced by bees, and herbal tea, with mint, lemon balm, and relaxing menthol pennyroyal; pollen and honey extract is good for healing the throat,” describes the dispatcher.

The small botanical business company has found the opportunity to do promotions.

Now they are inviting the population to courses to remember the medicine of their ancestors, in the face of the pandemic of the new respiratory disease that emerged in China, SARS Cov-2, a mystery that science is just beginning to decipher.

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