by Steven R. King
HerbalGram. 2020; American Botanical Council
This article describes the sustainable management practices and use of sangre de drago (Croton lechleri, Euphorbiaceae), meaning “dragon’s blood,” a medicinal plant native to tropical forests, which has been used in traditional medicine by many Amazonian indigenous peoples and cultures for centuries. This plant is also used as a phytomedicine in Latin America, North America, and Europe. The authors, who are experts in the sustainable management of dragon’s blood, describe how they are working to create strategic alliances with families, communities, and regional nonprofit agencies to promote an ecologically sound production network focusing on triple bottom line benefits for a diverse array of stakeholders, including local forest-dwelling people, patients, communities, and tropical forest biocultural diversity. The authors have been working with plants, people, and communities in the Peruvian Amazon for more than 30 years.
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