Plant-based medicine flourishes in Cuenca

  Azuay province is well recognized as a region that quickly grows and distributes a broad variety plants. Mild temperature and ample rainfall are ideal conditions to raise a wide variety of shrubs, perennials, and annuals, many of which have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Farmers and people living in the country plant medicinal seeds and cultivate their own natural medicine using traditional methods handed down for generations. Often, the women who cultivate these plants at home, sell them at the markets. They are experts knowing the medicinal attributes of each plant, creating  virtual  “neighborhood pharmacies,” on their…

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