The Mayan Civilization left a stunning legacy. Most of the existing details of this highly advanced culture survived by being passed down from father to son through the centuries. It was in this way that ancient Mayan medical knowledge stayed alive and transcends into the present. Today, indigenous medicine men (shaman) continue as practitioners of this ancient knowledge. It was by sheer chance that Alberto Ruiz became aware of the existence of this knowledge. Having also trained as an agronomist, he began a disciplined, systematic study of the plants and herbs used medicinally by the Maya, which grow in the Guatemalan rain forest that surrounds him.
One of the facts that peaked his attention was that diabetes is an almost unknown disease among the indigenous people (the direct descendents of the Maya) who populate the area today. Alberto Ruiz, carried out an in-depth investigation of this phenomenon and discovered that the natives drank a tea made by combining two unique herbs as part of their daily source of liquid. He decided to research the obvious medicinal effects of these two native plants.
Eventually he discovered that these herbs, when properly processed, combine synergistically to affect both the pancreas and the liver, repairing and stimulating their functions. The concept of synergism asserts that the blending of specific components in a formula, which are perfectly compatible with one another, interact in a manner that enhances their combined function.Pushing ahead with his research, Alberto Ruiz developed a proprietary processing technique for the herbs in his tea, which enhances and ensures their effectiveness. After carrying out appropriate studies at a University in Costa Rica, Milagro de la Selva™ obtained registration of the tea from the Guatemalan Department of Health and began to market the product.
Further studies also established that the tea is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and is completely void of any known side effects. Ongoing studies have also shown that the tea helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and benefits vascular problems of the retina, a concurrent condition for many diabetics.
Health and medicine among the ancient Maya was a complex blend of mind, body, religion, ritual and science. Important to all, medicine was practiced only by a select few, who generally inherited their positions and received extensive education. These shamans act as a medium between the physical world and spirit world. They practice sorcery for the purpose of healing, foresight, and control over natural events. Since medicine was so closely related to religion, it was essential that Maya medicine men had vast medical knowledge and skill. It is known that the Maya sutured wounds with human hair, reduced fractures, and were even skilled dental surgeons, making prostheses from jade and turquoise and filling teeth with iron pyrite.
In understanding Maya medicine, it is important to recognize that the Maya equated sickness with the captivity of one’s soul by supernatural beings, angered by some perceived misbehavior.For this reason, curing a sickness involved elements of ritual, cleansing and herbal remedy. Research of Maya ethno-medicine shows that though supernatural causes are related to illness, a large percentage of Maya medical texts are devoted to the treatment of symptoms based upon objective observations of the effects of certain plants on the human system.Herbal remedies were ingested, smoked, snorted, rubbed on the skin, and even used in the form of enemas to force rapid absorption of a substance into the blood stream. Cleansing techniques included fasting, sweating and purging flushed substances out of the body.