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Poqco Hispay: An Andean Natural Remedy

There are many conventional remedies that the people of the Andes still use to cure ills that affect them day to day. A remedy that is infallible for many ailments is human urine or also called in the Quechua language “poqco hispay”.

The oldest people are those who know this remedy well because with modernization and the pharmaceutical industry this remedy is less and less used. The smallest people of the house are those who are more prone to get sick such as flu, stomach infections, fever, etc.

This remedy is effective to calm a fever and also reduce the internal heat of the body. In the company of other plants and other concoctions, it serves to cure other types of ailments. Baths and saloreadas with poqco hispay help to remove the inner heat of the body and it must be covered quickly so that the cure has a greater effect.

A plant called Ñusqa that is weed and that kills the horses that ingest it is the perfect combination of Poqco Hispay. You boil these two and then soak the feet. This is a remedy to alleviate ills of the kidneys.

There is also the combination of the traditional brew, chicha, coca leaves and the poqco hispay. It too is boiled and then baths are made and salted on the body to remove the evils of the bronchial tubes.

Poqco Hispay can save your life when you have stomach cramps. Drinking only a small sip can help you as long as you do not have a medication and find yourself in a place away from modernity and it is your last option.

Finally, urine also serves to tan the leathers of animals in combination with lime and salt.
We value this remedy that is being lost and we know its benefits. It is part of our ncestral heritage.

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Brayan Coraza Morveli

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