(Euphorbiaceae croton lechleri L.)
Code 810 30 ml. (1 Fl. Oz.) $ 5.95
Code 812 236 ml. (8 Fl. Oz.) $39.95
angre de Drago -- or Dragon's Blood -- has been used for centuries as a wound healer, analgesic, and cancer adjuvant -- to name a few of its benefits. ( 1 ). Although it is native to parts of Africa, the Canary Islands, and Socotra -- in addition to South America, my experience is limited to the Western Amazon and the species Croton lechleri L..
In Ecuador, among indigenous peoples I have met from Orellana in the North to Loja in the South, Sangre de Drago is an indispensible healing agent among the shamans and curenderos of the Amazon region.
In spending time with the Shuar, Woarani, Socoro, and numerous Quechuan speakers of the Ecuadorean orient, I have found that few tribal peoples of the Amazon do not know of this tree and its broad range of medical properties. This is probably why Dr. John Wallace of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine predicted that every medicine cabinet and first aid kit in North America will one day make use of it. ( 2 )
Uses & ProtocolsThe following uses and protocols are well-established among the people's of the Ecuadorean orient. Please note that these are indigenous uses, few of which have gone through rigorous clinical testing. This ethnobotanical information is provided as a guideline to how others use this variation of Sangre de Drago:
Insect Bites -- Pain relief comes in as little as 90 seconds and covers a broad range of insects. Itching and swelling are rapidly alleviated.
Burns -- For simple first degree burns, a few drops spread lightly over the area works wonders.
Sore Throat / Cough -- Sangre de Drago is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. A common use for sore throat is to take just one drop -- sublingually. For a nagging cough, a half teaspoon (2.5 ml.) twice daily in a small glass of water is usually sufficient to gain relief.
Ulcers, Gastrointeritis & Other Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract -- One half teaspoon, 3 times per day, for up to 12 days or "until cured."
Urinary Track Infections -- One half teaspoon in water, one to three times a day based on severity, until eliminated.
Premenstrual Cramps -- One half teaspoon with water, three times a day, for relief. Helps regulates periods.
Menstrual Period Regulation -- One half teaspoon, in pure water, taken in the morning.
Cancer -- For reasons that are not clear even to this author, among the many cancer remedies that are used in the Amazon, this variety of Sangre de Drago is used primarily for cancers of the reproductive organs only: prostate, testicular, and penis in men; cervical, uterine, and vaginal in women. I have been repeatedly told that this is where they are most efficacious in cancer cases. Protocol: 5 drops in a small glass of water (not juice!), three times per day.
Post Eschar Anti-Scarring -- We have been experimenting with Sangre de Drago in the healing of eschars created through the use of Cansema. My interest in this stemmed from the fact that there is a greater occurrence of keloidal scarring with the use of escharotics in South America and Africa. We had some success with Tru-Derm Anti-Scar Cream prior to the FDA raid, but based on its ancient and common usage on wounds of all types to prevent scarring before it occurs, we are testing for this application now. (Incidentally, a different remedy is used in the Amazon to remove scars after they occur: Oil of Canela ("Ishpingu" in the Pastaza Quechuan dialect).
Recommended Video Short on Sangre de DragoThe following video is recommended:
Harvesting Sangre de Drago -- I've harvested Sangre de Drago myself . . . so I can tell you, this 0:26 shortie gives you a glimpse of how its done in small amounts. In commercial applications, a larger vessel is set against the tree -- much as maple syrup is collected.
After opening the blue cap on item #810, you will find that the cap is sealed as a added protection against tampering. Simply take a pair of scissors and "snip" off the tip prior to use.
" It's too expensive
and there's too much
fake material . . . "
Although we use Sangre de Drago ourselves, it was not initially our intent to offer this product when we moved to South America.
What inspired us to make the product available was its effectiveness in very small amounts, its excessively high cost -- even in the cities of Ecuador -- and the specifics of a technique to make "fake product" that is apparently widespread.
The technique involves the cooking of banana sap and adding it to Sangre de Drago to inexpensively increase production. The product looks and smells the same, is more profitable to sell, but loses its medicinal value.
Having witnessed the destructive outcome of counterfeit product proliferation with our own Cansema, we decided to carry the product, make known the use of this "counterfeit production" technique, and allow Cansema users yet another avenue of "wound healing" for the post-eschar stage of healing.