angre de Drago
has been used for centuries as a wound healer, analgesic, and
cancer adjuvant -- to name a few of its benefits.
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
Uses & Protocols
The 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
Pain relief comes in as little as 90 seconds and covers a broad
range of insects. Itching and swelling are rapidly alleviated.
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
& Other Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract
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.
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.
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.
Improved Heart Health
Most of our information comes from the ethnobotanical literature, but there is
clinical data supporting the use of "Sangre" to improve heart health.
By way of example, see:
Dragon's Blood exerts cardio-protection against myocardial injury
through PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling pathway in acute myocardial infarction mice model
Post Eschar Anti-Scarring
We have been experimenting with Sangre de Drago
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
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 Drago
The 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.