Rainforest Research Report
Drapeau, BSc., MSc.
||Jatoba has a long history of use by the Indigenous
tribes of the Rainforest. The bark, resin and leaves are used
medicinally in South American traditional medicine for a variety of
Jatoba, Algarrobo, Azucar huayo, Jatal, Brazilian Copal, Courbaril,
Leaf, bark, fruit..
Jatoba is a huge canopy tree growing up to 40 yards in height with a
trunk up to six feet in diameter that grows on ridges or slopes and
high riverbanks. It is indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest and parts of
tropical Central America. It produces bright green leaves, small red
flowers, and an edible brown pod-like fruit of approximately six by
three inches. It is because of its fruit that jatoba has limited
ornamental use for shade, parks and streets. As the fruit falls and
matures, it releases an offensive odor. Jatoba produces an orange
resinous gum that collects at the bottom of the tree, which is used as
incense. Hence, one of its common names is Brazilian Copal.
The main use of jatoba in the jungle is for timber. The wood is strong
and hard. It is difficult to saw and carve, though it bends well after
steaming. It is commercially useful for flooring, handles, sporting
equipment, furniture, and railroad ties.
folk medicine, jatoba has a long history of use by the Indigenous
people of the Amazon Rainforest who macerate the bark to treat
diarrhea. However, its most common use is when the bark, resin, and
leaves are made into a tea for the treatment of pulmonary problems such
as bronchitis and coughing. A wine called vinho de jatoba is
also made with the fruit and bark of jatoba that is used to provide
long lasting energy.
leaves and resin of jatoba have been shown to have strong antifungal
and antimicrobial properties. During rainy season when mud is
everywhere in the jungle, fungal growth often develop on the feet.
Indigenous people make a decoction of the bark of jatoba that they
apply to remove and prevent fungal growth.
Studies - Mechanism of Action
The leaves of jatoba contain a group of phytochemicals called terpenes
and phenolics which are responsible for protecting the leaves of the
tree from leaf fungus. These antimicrobial compounds are water-soluble
and therefore transferred to any tea preparation. The antimicrobial
properties of jatoba are particularly interesting in the light of
recent scientific developments regarding the growth of specific
microbes in the body.
forms, such as Candida albicans, may grow in the bloodstream
and lead to a series of health problems. For example the presence of
Candida in the blood has been associated with chronic fatigue, poor
concentration, poor memory, poor sleep pattern, urinary infections and
certain skin problems. Other less understood microorganisms, the so
called pleomorphic microorganisms, meaning that they assume various
shapes and forms, have also been observed in the blood. Such
microorganisms have been associated with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia
and other health problems. Scientific studies have suggested that such
pleomorphic microorganisms. Such microorganisms have been associated
with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other health problems.
Scientific studies have suggested that such pleomorphic microorganisms
might in fact live in the red blood cells, in a somewhat symbiotic
relationship, but could become pathogenic under certain conditions.
Jatoba was shown recently to inhibit the growth of such microorganisms.
It is too early to speculate as to the possible application of jatoba
for specific health problems, but it remains that drinking jatoba tea
provides the body with health promoting phytochemicals.
One study suggested
that a water extract of jatoba had significant hypoglycemic properties,
reducing blood glucose levels. Therefore, drinking jatoba tea could be
helpful in cases of poor glucose metabolism.
A recent study
provided an explanation to the beneficial effect of jatoba on asthma
and other conditions associated with inflammation. Jatoba was shown to
be a potent inhibitor of the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme involved
in the production of inflammatory compounds generally referred to as
prostaglandins. Such compounds are involved in the local management of
inflammation. They can be seen as local _hormones released at the site
of an injury and responsible for initiating the immune response. In the
airways, the main prostaglandins responsible for inflammation, and
therefore asthma, is called leukotriene B4. Jatoba was shown to reduce
the production of leukotriene B4.
It is worth
mentioning that inhibitors of the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase are also
currently studied for their potential anti-cancer properties. Active
components in several natural cancer therapies are inhibitors of
5-lipoxygenase. Studies are currently underway to investigate the
possible anti-tumor properties of jatoba.
BENEFITS AND USE OF JATOBA
and Fungal Growth
For athlete s foot and fungal growth under toenails make a decoction of
Tea™ containing jatoba bark. Treat your feet with a relaxing
footbath. You can also put a few droppers of Arcozon™
in the footbath which also contains jatoba.
Making a tea from jatoba has been practiced historically in the jungle.
The most expedient way to get jatoba is to drink Shipibo Treasure Tea™.
For conditions linked to inflammation the convenient way to consume
jatoba is by drinking Shipibo Treasure Tea™
daily. For inflammation, you can also boost the effect by adding Arcozon™ that contains jatoba and uña de gato, two of the best
information contained in this article is intended for educational
purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat or
prevent any disease. If you have any health concern, it is recommended
that you seek the advise of a certified health practitioner.
Drapeau, BSc., MSc., is a neurophysiologist with over 13 years research
experience in the fields of natural foods and nutrition. He is the
former Chief Scientist at Cell Tech where he directed research on Aphanizomenon
flos-aquae, and is currently Chief Scientist for Desert Lake
Technologies, Oregon. Mr. Drapeau received a BSc. in Neurophysiology
from McGill University, Montreal, and a MSc. from the Montreal
Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal.
- Amazon Herb formulas containing Jatoba:
Arcozon™, ChocaMaca™, Fiberzon™, Gravizon™,
Illumination™, Lunazon™, Shipibo Treasure Tea™