Hercampuri - Herbal Tea

Dried leaves and flours. Makes 4 Gallons of Tea (Using 20 g. or approx 2/3 cup to make one gallon) Benefits: Weight Loss, Liver Support & Improved Circulation Latin (botanical) Name: Gentianella alborosea (Gilg) Fabris Summarized Description: Hercampuri is one of our traditionals. The entire plant has a common set of medicinal properties, and although many internet vendors have been promoting its ability to control appetite and help with weight loss, it has been appreciated in the Andes, long before the Incas, for its other benefits. Besides weight loss, it has strong liver supportive / protective abilities. It's only downside is its bitter taste, since many of its medicinal components (eritaurina, coumarin, anthracite, tannins, triterpenoids, etc.) are natural "bitters." Most users of hercampuri tea have to use a strong sweetener (i.e. sugar, honey, panella, stevia) to help mask the flavor. Others will only take it in capsule or tablet form. Uses and Protocols: The following protocol is well-established among the people's of the Peruvian Andes. As is the case with other traditionals, please note that these are indigenous uses, few of which have gone through rigorous clinical testing. This ethnobotanical information is provided as a guideline to how others use this product. Since this product comes as dried leaves and flowers, proper preparation is discussed herein before getting into protocol. I. Preparation --- if you can boil water, you can make this product: Professional herbalists will recognize this as a standard decoction.

  1. Add 2/3 cups of Hercampuri to a large sauce pan, along with one gallon of purified water (3.75 liters). Each 85 g. bag measures out to 3 to 3.5 cups, so you have plenty of product to make 4 gallons.

  2. Heat until a very low-level boil or "barely boiling" level has been reached.

  3. Continue to stir occasionally over 25 minutes.

  4. Remove heat source and let cool.

  5. Pour the contents of your pan through a strainer and into a large glass vase or container so as to remove most of the tea fragments.

  6. Add sweetener or other flavoring, as desired, to help mask the herbal bitters.

  7. Dispose of fragments.

  8. Drink your tea hot . . . refrigerate glass vase and enjoy Hercampuri later as a refreshing cold tea . . . or refrigerate and reheat later if you want to enjoy the product as a hot tea. More specific protocols for the use of the product are provided below.

II. Protocol. You may leisurely drink from two to four cups of the finished tea per day. A "rest period" of one day per week is advised, and if taken for longer periods, one "rest month" per six months of usage. Contraindications: Although there are no reported contraindications or side effects, hercampuri should Additional Online Resources:

  1. Wikipedia

  2. Wisegeek: Medical Uses of Hercampuri

  3. Technical review paper by Peru's National Institute of Health[Spanish]

  4. YouTube: Hercampuri [Spanish: poor quality, but informative]

  5. InkaNatural on Hercampuri

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