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Inca Medicine


What we know about Inca medicine, it is thanks to the more complete historical manuscript, wrote by a man born in Peru in 1550. His name was Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, best known as Huaman Poma. He wrote the most complete information about the medicine practice during the Inca Civilization. The original manuscript was transfer to the Danish Royal Library in 1660. Surprisingly, it only came into public view in 1908, when the German scholar Richard Pietschmann discovers it by accident.

Thanks to Huaman Poma we know the Inca medicine was a complex mix of different medical specialties and treatments. The Incas believe that all sicknesses were cause by the act of supernatural forces. They also believe that lies, sins against the gods or breaking Inca laws were enough reasons to get sick. The cures were combinations of herbs and minerals, always follow by prayers and magic spells.
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      The medicine of the Incas still in practice in Peru, it's a mixture of herbal and spiritual treatment.
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      The Inca doctors were capable to treat complex wounds with a high rate of survival.
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      It's unbelievable, but the skull of the image belongs to a man who survive the surgery.

The Inca medicine knew how to treat successfully sicknesses in the immune system. They had treatments capable to increase the natural production of white cells. Which, as we know naturally stop the progress of some diseases. The Inca doctors knew how to treat the urinary track and respiratory disorders, like cough or bronchitis. They knew how to restore the proper functioning of the digestive system and even sexual performance problems; just to mention few.

The Inca medicine had three types of doctors. The first type or doctor was call Watukk, his job was to find out the origin of the sickness, by researching the Inca Daily Life of the sick person. The Watukk track the general physical, emotional and pathological stage of the patient. He was full responsible of the right diagnosis of the patients.

The second style of Inca doctor is the Hanpeq. He was responsible to apply his medical knowledge about the disease, blending and linking the properties of the herbs and minerals to cure the patient. They put special attention in the right application of the cure and posttreatment. The Hanpeq is what we call today a Shaman, who is a religious, mystical and natural medicine doctor.

The Inca medicine third and last style of doctor was the Paqo. He was responsible to treat the soul of the patient. The Inca doctors believe the soul of a patient live in the heart. His main duty was to synchronize the spiritual health with the body health. Plus he was responsible to prevent and treat the adverse reactions of the Inca cures in the body. The Paqo doctor overall responsibility was to minimize any possible negative reaction in the patient.

The Inca medicine was so complex that classifies and treats sadness, depression, mentally illnesses, severe afflictions of behavior, anger, cowardice, regret, anxiety. Psychological illness like grief, pathological fear, dementia, severe psychotic disorders like madness, insanity, idiocy and hysteria; just to mention a few of them.

The Inca medicine had a remarkable 90 percent of survival rate in their skull surgeries procedures. Astonishing, considering the materials and medicine knowledge of that time. The wounds sewing moves were perfect with few cases of infection. We have few manuscripts that describe how the Incas doctors work; it's sad to know that all that priceless knowledge has been destroy.
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      Maca increase the energy and sharp the senses. Eat one root may be equal to drink 10 red bulls at ones.
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      The Hercampuri was use for blood pressure, cholesterol, kidneys and the liver.
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      The Chuchuhuasi in high doses it's a natural anesthetic.

The History of The Incas, describe how the doctors knowledge was past from father to son. And if the apprentice was capable enough, they send him to train in the Inca school of medicine in Cusco. There the advance techniques and Inca medicine knowledge was teach by the Amautas. They were people that dedicate their entire lives to search for answers. The Amautas, hold and pass to the next generations the knowledge and wisdom of the kingdom.

The Inca medical school could last within three years up to five years, depending on the skills of the student. It was a strict education in herbs and mineral properties, how to use them, quantities of cures and diagnoses of illnesses. They teach the students how to recognize the known sicknesses and how they should treat them. After the student finish the medical school, he had to spend many years of practice before been consider a doctor.

The doctors were in constant search for new herbs and minerals, trying new cures and improving old ones. The search for answers is the reason of such great medical development. The healing power of the Inca medicine was extraordinary. Add the religious and magical spells that were part of the treatment. Help the patience to believe that he is cure, fact that frees endorphins in the bloodstream, helping the self-healing of the body.
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