The resources used in traditional Indigenous medicine comprise a vast grouping of elemental and symbolic materials adapted to the theoretical and practical characteristics of this medical knowledge.

Contrary to conventional, academic, or scientific medicine, whose therapies essentially concentrate on combating a large number of illnesses defined in the basis of health/sickness, traditional Indigenous doctors broaden their field of attention to satisfy the demand which is structured in balance/imbalance. For this they employ material resources (plants, animals, minerals, hydrotherapy, etc.) as well as symbolic (linked to rituals and procedures of symbolic efficiency), in addition to diagnosis, classification, and treatments of the causes of illness and imbalance associated with their own cosmovision. The priests or H-men are also great herbalists, and know the remedy of the snakebite curers.

Ancestrally, the snakebite curers were those who you appealed to in the event of being bitten by any of the common poisonous snakes in the henequen fields, for they prepared the secret remedy necessary to survive these snakebites. This remedy consists of the pulverized mixture of the root of the Kan nicte flower and 12 other roots. The rest of the roots which are used are kept secret. Currently, the Maya priests are the ones who know how to prepare this remedy.

During my research of traditional Maya medicine, I had the opportunity to verify the efficiency of the snakebite curer’s remedy in the treatment of patients with illnesses which utilize the bloodstream as a vehicle of infection; just as the snakebite is an infection generated through the bloodstream and the remedy acts as a disinfectant of the bloodstream.

One of the greatest surprises was the verification, through lab test results as well as physical evidence of the patient, of the efficiency of the remedy of the snakebite curers on the nephew of one, infected with the HIV virus.

Sr. Jorge, whose surname he has asked me not to publish, offered me his cell phone number, although not his personal information nor location, due to the controversial nature of his discovery. He utilized, in an accidental way as a last resort, due to the lamentable condition of the young man, the remedy of the snakebite curer.

The surprise has been incredible. Below are the results of the lab tests of the patient (respecting his anonymity), from April 25, 2000, to December 3, 2002.

April 25, 2000: HIV-1 POSITIVE

Viral load of HIV – PCR Test (Reference value: less than 400 copies/ML)
May 15, 2000:   237,286
Dec. 3, 2002: No detectable

T Helper Lymphocyte CD4 (Reference limits: 430 – 1185)
May 15, 2000: 282.65
Dec. 3, 2002: 706

T Suppresor Lymphocyte CD8 (Reference limits: 180 – 865)
May 15, 2000: 2316.16
Dec. 3, 2002: 468

The remedy which the Maya snakebite curers have guarded so jealously in secret for millennia could be considered the natural low-cost retro-viral, so badly needed to combat AIDS, without the side effects of conventional retro-virals. My question: Why don’t we study it in depth and make it known?

By Anabell Castañeda (to obtain Don Jorge’s cell phone number, email me at [email protected] )

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