Taking care of the respiratory system and strengthening the immune system (Spanish)

To treat flu symptoms and strengthen the immune system

Developed by the Mayan communities in Los Chenes Campeche, Mexico 2020
Republished with permission, Translation of introduction by Xica Media


We want to start by clearly stating that this document does not contain any medicine for Covid-19. As of this writing, May 2020, there is nowhere in the world any cure for Covid-19 caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus, therefore, we want to make it very clear that the prescriptions presented here should not be confused with a medication or treatment for Covid-19. In the event that any member of the community presents symptoms of said disease, the protocol indicated by the country’s health authorities must be followed.

Having made the above clarification, it is worth sharing the spirit of the document. Historically and unjustly, our indigenous communities have been excluded from having decent health systems that correspond to us by law, yet in many of our towns we suffer from a lack of medical care, a lack of medicines, and difficulties in reaching the nearest health center. Not infrequently, this has led to the loss of human lives that could be saved if the right to health was guaranteed for our peoples.

Now, in times of this pandemic that continues to travel the world, leaving pain and anguish for humanity, indigenous peoples will once again be the hardest hit if we do not take in our hands the determination to take care of ourselves, to protect ourselves, to feed ourselves, to heal us.

For this reason, we urgently made this compilation of plants that are in our Mayan communities so that we can in the first instance strengthen our immune system. it is important that in these times we are healthy and well fed, on the other hand, it is important and necessary that the respiratory system, from the throat, nose, lungs, are healthy and strong. Flu is one of the most common diseases in our communities, but it is very important that we now address this situation.

…not only because in our communities there are no pharmaceutical drugs or because there are no doctors…or that the health system that should be guaranteed the state…but also and above all, because it is necessary to recognize the strength that we have as a Mayan people to take care of life. Our presence in these times it is irrefutable proof that our grandparents and grandmothers knew how to take care of life in the face of infinite threats. This is one more caused by the greed and ambition of some who put the lives of all humanity at risk.

It is our responsibility, from our communities, to take care of each other, to connect through solidarity and empathy, the mutual help that our ancestors taught us and that they themselves learned from nature. Our Mother Earth cares for us if we love her and we respect she herself makes us strong and healthy to keep the memory of our people alive. We invite other indigenous peoples of the world to find their own medicines on their territory, to use them to defend and protect them.

1 Cough
2 Nasal congestion
3 Respiratory problems
4 Fever
5 Body and joint pain
6 Sore throat
7 Headache
8 Stomach pain
9 Diarrhea, dysentery and vomiting
10 Strengthen the immune system
11 Hot/Heated
12 Wound healing


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