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Title: Rainforest Medicine: Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity

Description: Dive into the world of traditional rainforest medicine with this comprehensive guide that explores the healing practices of indigenous communities. Learn about the rich biodiversity of the rainforest and the important role it plays in preserving ancient healing traditions. Discover the powerful medicinal properties of plants, trees, and herbs that have been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. This book is a tribute to the wisdom of indigenous peoples and a call to action to protect the rainforest and its invaluable resources. Explore the intersection of science, culture, and conservation in this enlightening and thought-provoking read.

9 reviews for Rainforest Medicine: Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodi…

  1. Joshua Van Winkle

    A Timeless Book, Rich with Wisdom & Medicine
    Where to even begin…Rainforest Medicine is an amazing tale from start to finish.I’ve read quite a few books whose emphasis is on Yagé, or Ayahuasca, and the surrounding culture and infinitely vast dimensions of magic that emanate from it – and Rainforest Medicine is really one of the best.It’s crystal clear from the beginning that the author, Jonathon Miller Weisberger, or as his friends like to call him, Sparrow, is a master story teller and person dedicated to a more beautiful and peaceful world.With over 20 years of ground-level jungle trekking, plant collecting, tribal negotiating, land preserving, honey-thick Yagé ceremonies – Jonathon’s story and message is deeply inspirational, leaving the reader with an abundance of hard-earned wisdom to use however they wish… hopefully for the better transformation and renewal of the self and world as a whole.What I really love about Rainforest Medicine is the way detailed information regarding rainforest science is written. It’s like being sucked into the synesthesia of Ayahuasca itself. From detailing the Secoya’s time-tested practices with Master Plant Teachers to the current state and heart-wrenching consequences of Western-influenced colonization on rainforest ecosystems, it fits together for a smooth, easily absorbed read.Also worthy of their own mention, are the stunning, gorgeous detailed pictures and hand-drawn sketches that interlace transitions and creation mythologies tucked between the pages. The quality photographs serve the reader as portals into a seemingly distant but ever-intimately connected world filled with canopies of vibrant spirit and painful human behavior alike.Rainforest Medicine will gracefully paint your soul’s eyes with the colors and sensations of the invisible worlds that exist intimately with ours.After five plus years of my own travels and journeys with Yagé, I am left humbled by the amount of work and deep soul that Jonathon has put into his own life to be able to share this book.The message is clear, the way subtle – we have everything we need… the connections, allies and love of the rainforest to support us.Love and gratitude to Jonathon M Weisberger (Sparrow), the Secoya, all people – indigenous and urban, the plants, the animals, the spirits, the forest herself and all others for helping to create this truly amazing book.Highly recommended

  2. Michael

    Passionate, Profound and Positive!
    When I got my copy in the mail, I started reading immediately and before I knew it, several hours had passed. Jonathon is the source of so much wisdom, acquired first hand in the jungles of the Amazon, Costa Rica and Berkeley. ;o) His love for plants, conservation and the world around him is unequaled in my experience and he is well known as an activist who puts his money where his mouth is. His facility on the Osa Peninsula is an amazing place for a gathering. One last note on the author is that his love of Chinese Medicine adds an eclectic edge to his voice…The book, itself, is an amazing view into indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorean Amazon who are trying to protect a life that is based on principles that are not shared be Western Civilization but ought to be. The fast encroaching “modern” world and what this means for the preservation of the old ways is carefully detailed in this book. The past, future, and present of these peoples and how a vine is entwined with their destiny is given a microscopic, detailed look and in that look, larger concepts of how we treat indigenous people across the entire planet emanate.Part intense, personal, spiritual journey, part inspiration and part instructional how-to, this book is a labor of love and should be read that way.It isn’t accessible to all but by its nature, it is self-selecting material. If you have found this book, it is because you are looking for knowledge that isn’t easy to come by. Be assured that you have found the definitive word on what you are looking for. Buy this book. Buy several copies and spread the word. The words between these covers will change you in the most positive of ways but first you need to look at present reality for context, cry a little, and then roll up your sleeves and dig in.

  3. Tyler J. Thomas

    Read it!…and then go to the jungle and experience it. 🙂
    Coming from an enduring and dedicated conservationist, Rainforest Medicine is an amazing journey into the world of shamanism. This book covers a broad spectrum and shows just how special, complex, and valuable these wisdom traditions of the Amazon really are. The author has been working with indigenous tribes in the jungle for most of his life, helping to preserve their lands and their beautiful cultures. This is a very heartfelt and personal account, written from a perspective of great care, respect, and imagination.Each chapter of Rainforest Medicine covers a different topic and presents new information. It goes into detail about several medicinal plants and their traditional uses. It talks about the destruction of the rainforest and the challenges of trying to preserve these pristine lands in a resource-hungry society. It gives you the ins and outs of shamanic healing and learning as practiced by both tribal and city-dwelling people. And it’s full of magical lore and legends, painting a worldview that is rooted in the earth and connected to the heavens. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. You will learn a lot while having your imagination pushed and your heartstrings pulled.

  4. Travis Bodick

    great read
    One of the more unique books on Ayahuasca shamanism. Very cool stories and refreshing to learn about a tribe there isnt much info out about.

  5. Justin Walton

    Sparrow is a Saint
    I cannot express my excitement or feeling of peace enough (along with a grand sigh of relief) because there is another white guy out there with as much respect as I have for our Amazonian ancestors, their traditions and Grandmother Ayahuasca. He combines deep research and experience with many cultures of the Amazon into what I believe is the best book ever written about the subject. I mean that with all my heart. Love you brother Sparrow 💚

  6. Florian Fuhlert

    Best book I have read about the indigenous sacrament of the amazon. Perfect mixture of personal experiences, myths and science seen through the eyes of an experienced and devoted carrier of the medicine.

  7. mr ill

    Incredible book, filled with priceless and first hand information from extensive experience with Amazonian tribes and medicines. If you are interested in finding out more about ayahuasca, the rainforest, healing and more, buy this book now. This is without doubt the most you can learn without travelling to the rainforest yourself and also an essential guide for those wishing to make the journey for real. A wealth if information and advice for all who share the interest in these vital sciences and a lifeline for the endangered tribes of our most important rainforest.

  8. Amazon Customer

    I was looking for something that would tell me about plant properties e.g. plants that cure or aid healing etc. I found this book very useful, as a matter of fact I found more that I expected, I was delighted with the author’s style. Rich contents take you into another world.

  9. Robbie

    A very deep insight to the principles and knowledge of the Amazonian tribes. Can be slightly heavy and ideas/ folk lore questionable. But its broached and an intelligent well written manner.

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