What people of the Amazon know that you don’t


“The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle,” says Mark Plotkin, “It’s the isolated and uncontacted tribes.” In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest’s indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal.

  • Martijn Schirp (112,779)A November 27, 2014

    Great talk btw, very inspiring man, Mark.

  • Martijn Schirp (112,779)A November 27, 2014

    I’ve actually had 3 ceremonies with that frog where the healer burned away my skin, then put the ‘venom’ on it. ‘increased\ blood pressure doesn’t begin to describe it. It’s called kambo.

    • Eric (1,819)M December 1, 2014

      Seriously? Wow, very brave of you. Something like that, where hurting of the body is involved makes me very… weary. How was it?

      • Martijn Schirp (112,779)A December 8, 2014

        Damn, I missed this comment @blankey ! Im glad the notification system is nearly fixed.

        Hurting the body is a natural way to improve the body. Small doses of poison are often helpful for the immune system, even exercising is harmful in the short run.

        The experience itself is horrible, you feel extremely sick, weak, nauseated. Your heart is racing, the pressure is throbbing throughout your body. Your face glands blow up and you start looking like a frog. This takes between 10-45 minutes, depending on the dose.

        Afterwards, you feel pretty damn fine for a few days. (some report feeling great for weeks, and even have increased perception etc.) For me it was less substantial, but a very interesting experience nonetheless.

        • Eric (1,819)M December 8, 2014

          Were there hallucinations involved, euphoria at any point, basically anything like a typical psychedelic experience? Sounds interesting, not sure if I would give it a go or not.