“IT IS NOT TRUE THAT PEOPLE STOP PURSUING DREAMS BECAUSE THEY GROW OLD, THEY GROW OLD BECAUSE THEY STOP PURSUING DREAMS.”
~ Gabriel García Márquez, a.k.a. “Gabito”, Colombian writer
Bobinsana (Calliandra angustifolia) is native to the Amazon Basin and has been used for countless generations to heal the body and to enhance spiritual and shamanic abilities.
Traditionally, Bobinsana is made into a strong tea tincture, using alcohol made from cane sugar called aguardiente. Bobinsana, when used as a decoction (strong tea), can be a powerful tonic for strength and energy as it may boost the immune system. The entire plant is used for healing--the roots, the bark, the leaves, and the flowers. In the Peruvian Amazon, the Shipibo-Conibo people have historically prepared a medicinal tincture from Bobisana’s tree bark, used as a treatment for rheumatism and other ailments. In some ayahuasca recipes and ceremonies, Bobinsana is also used by curanderas and curanderos as an adjunctive ingredient.
A revered plant for lucid dreaming, Bobinsana has long been prescribed in shamanic practices to heal matters of the heart, emotional trauma, to support those with arthritis, rheumatism, musculoskeletal pains, edema/oedema, and uterine disorders.
Research done in Sweden also indicates the plant contains COX-inhibitors, which is a remedy for arthritis. In a study conducted by Matteo Politi and Fabio Friso in the Horticulture International Journal, additional health benefits of Bobinsana include:
ENERGETIC, SPIRITUAL + EMOTIONAL BODY
TRADITIONAL USES OF BOBINSANA BY AREA
Indians of the Rio Pastaza (Peruvian Amazon) - Stimulant
Shipibo-Conibo Indians (Ucayali, Peru) - Rheumatism, arthritis, colds, uterine disorders, edema (or water retention)
Madre de Dios tribes - (Peruvian Amazon) Bone pain, arthritis, rheumatism, colds
In Peruvian herbal medicine systems, a decoction of the bark is prepared and it is considered to be anti-rheumatic, contraceptive, tonic, stimulant, and depurative. A bark decoction is also used for dyspnea (shortness of breath). A decoction of the roots is recommended for uterine cancer and as a depurative (blood cleanser) as well. A decoction of the entire plant (leaves, stem, twigs, flowers) is prepared as a decoction as a general energizing tonic.