Shaman Javier Arevalo with Jergon Sacha (Dracontium loretense)
The large tuber of the plant is an well known and highly effective antidote for the bite of venomous snakes. The tuber is chopped up, and immersed in cold water and then drunk. Also the chopped tuber is placed in a banana leaf and used as a poultice which is wrapped around the bite area. These procedures are repeated every few hours. Of course the deal here is that it works, and as it not possible to store anti-venom vaccines in the rainforest without refrigeration, this plant has exceptional life-saving importance.
In addition to it's anti-viral qualities, It is increasingly being regarded as an remedy for HIV and Cancer.