The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s greatest natural resource and the richest biological incubator on the planet. Rich in beneficial nutrients, phytochemicals and active constituents, the rainforest Indians and Indigenous People have used them for centuries for their survival, health and well-being. Rainforests currently provide sources for much of today’s medicines and over 90% of people in developing countries still rely on traditional medicine, based largely on different species of plants and herbs for their primary health care.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified more than 3,000 plants that are active against cancer cells, and 70% of these plants are found only in the rainforest. These plant chemicals may well help us in our ongoing struggle with constantly evolving pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The empirical plant knowledge of the indigenous peoples is now thought by many to be the Amazon’s new gold.