Medicines Of Peru: Maca

The increase in demand for the traditional herb of Maca in other countries has been on a huge rise. It has been cultured in the Peruvian Andes by the indigenous people for thousands of years, with evidence of use as far back as 1600 BC.

Traditional uses include boosting the immune system, balancing hormones in women, tuberculosis, sexual disorders and for boosting potency in men. It was used by both men and women for fertility. It was also used as a way to counteract exhaustion, both physical as well as mental.

In a similar situation to Ginseng, it has been used across the world for sexual dysfunction or enhancement but it is used for multiple other things. Memory, stamina and endurance is all enhanced with Maca and this is why it is so popular in Europe and the United States, alongside increasing sexual potency.

The plant grows only in high altitudes of approximately 3600 – 4200 meters in harsh conditions where other plants are unable to survive. The root has high nutritional in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Of the minerals, it is particularly high in iodine and iron.

Studies have also shown that the plant can help deal with the effects of aging on the mental and physical functioning of the body. It also helps the body to deal with the effects of stress.

Maca

Maca is another traditional herb that has undergone a huge increase in demand in other countries. It has been used by indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Andes for several thousand of years. There is evidence at one archaeological site of it being cultured as far back as 1600 BC.

Traditional uses include boosting the immune system and balancing hormones in women. It was also used to treat tuberculosis and sexual disorders and for boosting potency in men. Women and men both use it for a fertility aid. It was taken as well as a way to counteract exhaustion, both physical and mental.

Although it was traditionally used for all these qualities, much like Ginseng, its primary use in other countries has been for sexual enhancement or dysfunction. In addition to using it for its effect on sexual potency, it is used in the United States and Europe for its ability to boost stamina, increase endurance and enhance the memory. Studies have also shown that the plant can help deal with the effects of aging on the mental and physical functioning of the body and to help the body to deal with the effects of stress.

The plant grows only in high altitudes of approximately 3600 – 4200 meters in harsh conditions where other plants are unable to survive. The root has high nutritional in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Of the minerals, it is particularly high in iodine and iron.

It was extremely valued in the Andes, particularly because there were so few things that could be cultured at high altitude. For this reason, it was a product that was frequently traded. Another use of it was for treating animals. There are records showing that it was traded to the Spanish in great quantity because their livestock were doing so poorly at such a great height above sea level.

The powdered root comes in many different colors and each is believed to have different properties. The most commonly used are cream colored. Blue and black have been shown to boost energy and prostate size can be reduced with the red root.

Today, you can find Maca in many forms in the United States and Europe. It's also quite prevalent in Peru and in any tourist area you are sure to find Maca sold in powder or in an alcohol based decoction. As with any herbal supplement, the efficacy will depend on how it is processed.

Often added to foods like soups, shakes and baked goods, it is often exported in flour form. The effect is said to be best when it is ingested on a regular basis, a few tablespoons per day.

Source by Terry Philips

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