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- Calliandra angustifolia

Common Names in the Peruvian Amazonbobinsana, bobinzana,
balata, bobensana, bubinianal, bubinsana, bushiglla, capabo, chipero, cigana,
koprupi, kori-sacha, kuanti, neweí, quinilla blanca, semein, sháwi,
yacu yutzu, yopoyo

Bobinsana Calliandra angustifolia also commonly known as Bobinsana is a shrubby tree. It is normally found growing along the river banks and streams till it attracted the water-loving plant as a name. It is a wonderfully green plant that is about 4 to 6 meters high when mature that is also found in streams in the Amazon Basin. It is quite easy to identify the plant due to its pink to reddish powderpuff-like flowers that it produces which is typical or accredited to the Mimosa family whence it comes from.

Bobinsana (Calliandra angustifolia) is a shrubby tree normally found growing along river banks and streams in the Amazon basin. It is quite easy to identify the plant due to its stunning pink to reddish powderpuff-like flowers that open twice a day; around 4AM and 4PM. Bobinsana is well-known and loved among Peruvians due to its medicinal properties. A decoction of its roots may be prepared as a depurative for strength and energy, for it boosts the immune system. Alternatively, a tincture of its bark may be prepared to heal arthritis, rheumatism, musculoskeletal pains, edema/oedema and uterine disorders. Research done in Sweden has shown that the plant contains COX-inhibitors, which is a remedy for arthritis. This explains why Bobinsana is so reputable for healing rheumatism and arthritis in South America!

Above all, Bobinsana is a sacred plant teacher and is used by shamans for its spiritual qualities. We are particularly interested in working with Bobinsana for its gentle heart-opening qualities and its ability to teach us Self-Love. The plant works particularly powerful when dieted in conjunction with Ayahuasca ceremonies.

The biochemistry of bobinsana is not well documented. It is believed to contain harmala alkaloids, amino acids, cyanogenic glycosides, flavonoids, tannins, saponins, and sterols. Two studies reports the presence of several pipecolic acids.

Traditional Uses and Preparation
Bobinsana produces lovely pink to reddish starburst flowers characteristic of the Mimosa family. The tree produces a usable resinous gum that is sometimes extracted and sold commercially. It is widely cultivated for medicinal, shamanic, and ornamental purposes. All parts of the plant are used.

In the Peruvian Amazon, An acohol tincture of bobinzana stems and leaves is taken in shamanic ceremonies to open and heal the heart, to increase empathy, to strengthen one’s connection with nature, and provide spiritual grounding.

Bobinsana produces lucid and colorful visionary dreams. Doctorcita Bobinsana,as she is affectionately called by Amazonian curanderos, is a gentle healing plant spirit enhancing empathy, compassion, clarity, and concentration. Maestro curanderos often incorporate small amounts of bobinsana in their Ayahuasca medicine for it’s heart-opening and healing properties.

Some documented medicinal uses of bobinsana

Bobinsana is used as a heart tonic, stimulant, and energizer. The entire plant is used. Stems, leaves, flowers, bark, and roots are decocted in sugar cane alcohol (aguardiente) with wild jungle honey added for medicinal qualities and flavor.

The simple preparation is to macerate the bark and roots in water for 24 hours. The dosage is one cup is taken twice daily. This preparation is used to treat rheumatism, uterine cancer, nasal congestion,inflammation, and as a blood purifier.

Bobinsana is traditionally used as a contraceptive in Peru. While there is no research to confirm it’s effectiveness, those seeking pregnancy should not take bobinsana. No antagonistic interactions with drugs or other plants are known.

Indians of the Rio Pastaza consider bobinsana a stimulant. They prepare a decoction of the roots to take for strength and energy.

The Shipibo-Conibo Indians in the Ucayali area of Peru call the tree semein and prepare a bark tincture for rheumatism, arthritis, colds, uterine disorders, and edema (water retention).

Indigenous people in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon prepare a bark tincture with aguardiente for bone pain, arthritis, rheumatism, and colds. They also grate the bark into baths to increase resistance to sickness and to resist cold and chills.

Traditional uses
Calliandra angustifolia is famous in Amazon among the Indians and the Peruvians due to its medicinal properties. While the Indians prepare a decoction of its roots for strength and energy (stimulant), the Peruvians prepare a bark tincture that heals arthritis, rheumatism, bone pains, colds and to boost their immune system. Moreover, in Peruvian herbal medicine, its bark decoction is considered to be a contraceptive, tonic and depurative.
Currently, Bobinsana is not well known in the United States as a herbal remedy but research done in Sweden has shown that the plant contained COX-inhibitors which is a remedy for arthritis explaining why it is so reputable for rheumatism and arthritis in South America as a herbal medicine.
Calliandra angustifolia (Bobinsana) is a powerful herbal plant and its medicinal properties have been isolated and well prepared to offer herbal remedies to the common diseases that have been discussed.
All parts of the plant are used for healing. The roots, bark, leaves and flowers.

What is Bobinsana good for?

Internal uses:
Anti-Depressant/Anti-Degenerative Disease: Similar to Ayahuasca, the harmala alkaloids in this plant can stimulate the central nervous system by inhibiting the metabolism of monoamine compounds such as serotonin and norepinephrine. The group of alkaloids in this plant can help to fight the progression of diseases like Parkinson’s, which affects neurons in the substantia nigra, an area of the brain responsible for producing dopamine.
Heart Opener: This plant has amazing spiritual properties to open the heart space to receive and give love. Boil a liter of water with 15-20 leaves and cap with a lid. After 5-10 minutes of boiling, let the tea cool and drink once-twice a day to open the heart space.
Induce Vomiting: The Shuar harvest the stem and allow it to macerate in water. Heat the liquid and drink a cup or as many necessary to create desired effect. Another technique is to create a decoction of the root and bark. This can be used to expunge the body of a toxin/poison. Many indigenous cultures also prepare the body for ayahuasca ceremonies by inducing vomiting the days leading up the ceremony. This cleans the lining of the stomach and can be effective in treating gastritis (Cofan & Shuar).
Fortify Energy: Harvest germinating seeds and create an infusion with water. Drink this infusion to elevate levels of energy and strength in the body. Kichwa give this drink to young boys to build their stamina.
Circulatory Issues: Harvest the bark of this plant and prepare a decoction to improve circulation in the body.
Respiratory Issues: Prepare boiling water and blanch 2-3 flowers each liter of water. Drink this tea up to 2 times a day to help alleviate chronic or temporary coughs.
Dysentery or Diarrhea: Prepare a tea of the leaves to help treat severe diarrhea.
Rheumatism: Create a decoction of the bark and/or roots. Drink up to 2 times a day to help treat arthritis.
Detox/ Tone: The depurative action of the plant is powerful in toning the systems of the body and stimulating the kidneys and liver. This plant can be consumed as a tea to cleanse the body or maintain overall health.

External Uses:
Tooth Ache: The Kichwa prepare a mastication of the leaves and swish with the liquid to alleviate tooth aches.
Drying Line: The Secoya use the branches of this bush to dry clothing after a wash
Body Ornaments: The Siona use the leaves of this bush to make belts and other bodily adornments.
Scrub Brush: Due to the texture of the wood, some indigenous tribes use the branches as scrub brushes for cleaning.
Prevent Erosion: This bush grows very well on river banks/water embankments. Its roots help prevent erosion and its flowers/fruit attract diversity to aquatic ecosystems.
Composition: Contains harmala alkaloids, glycosides, cyanogen, tannins, saponins, phytosterols, flavonoids

According to many Ayahuasca curanderos “doctorcita bobinsana” as they say, is a very gentle healing plant spirit increasing clarity, focus, compassion and for addressing heartbreak, grief and loss.

Cautions: Bobinsana is traditionally used as a contraceptive in Peru. While there is no research to confirm this possible action, those seeking to get pregnant should avoid this plant. Do not use if you are trying to conceive, are pregnant/lactating, have a medical condition or taking any medications. Consult with your doctor before using. Keep out of the reach of children.