Economic Botany

, Volume 58, Supplement 1, pp S221–S229 | Cite as

The ritual use of Brugmansia species in traditional Andean medicine in Northern Peru

  • Feo Vincenzo De 
Special Section on Medicinal Plants


Economic Botany 58(Supplement):S221–S229, 2004. This paper reports the use of Brugmansia species (Solanaceae) in traditional practices of shamans (curanderos) of Northern Peruvian Andes. The field study permitted the classification of a number of species and/or their hybrids used for both curative and psychotropic activities. There is evidence of a folk systematics in this genus that constitutes a very important phenomenon for its therapeutic-divinatory, phytotherapeutical, and ritual (in initiation and black magic rites) uses.

Key Words

Ethnobotany traditional Andean medicine Brugmansia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feo Vincenzo De 
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze FarmaceuticheUniversità degli Studi di SalernoFisciano, SalernoItaly

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