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Forest medicinal plants Program

Living Pharmacy

Creating a living pharmacy from

Forest Medicinal Plants

Living Pharmacy is the most recent version of our Forest Medicine program, reflecting our long standing interest in and experience with the medicinal plants native to the Atlantic Rainforest. Many people in our local community are well versed in the ways of plant lore and plant medicines, and our goal is to learn from them and with them, and to help preserve this indigenous knowledge. 

Iracambi is a member of a nation-wide network run by Fiocruz, the highly respected research foundation that aims to catalog all the medicinal plants in Brazil. We also collaborate with the Federal University of Viçosa on medicinal plants research. Check the paper on Croton urucurana (Dragon’s Blood,) here. 

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We’ve also recently opened our newly renovated laboratory to community members in a series of workshops where together we experiment with making natural products based on the medicinal plants in the region. By valuing these plants, we value biodiversity conservation, and our goal is to work with the local community to produce natural products based on medicinals, benefiting both the forest and the forest people. Check one of our short videos on using medicinal plants!

Vernona polysphaera (assa peixe)
Vernona Polysphaera (Assa peixe)
Stachytarpheta angustifolia (Gervão)
estimated number of medicinal plants globally
medicinal plants that have been researched in Brazil
medicinal plants licensed for usei n Brazil
medicinal plants studied at Iracambi
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