Don Ricardo

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Don Ricardo is 76 years of age, a native of Sauce in the San Martin high jungle region of Peru. He started walking the path of vegetalismo at the age of 35 when he had an accident and seriously damaged his hip. He understook a 6 month Bachuja diet, and eventually cured himself. Through the process of dieting, he also began to learn the secrets of vegetalistmo, and slowly become a curandero, learning how to take pulses to diagnose the common ailments of the time.

He studied with 3 different Banco Curanderos: Don Pedro Mendoza Sabedra – his grandfather, who was an expert in curing snake bites. Don Martin Garcia Garcia – a specialist in curing “mail aire” and “mal agua”, and Don Antonio Chistama Gile – a specialist in curing hard to treat illness.

In the course of his long career as a curandero, Don Ricardo has cured thousands of people, many of whom were bitten by snakes or spiders. Interestingly, Don Ricardo does not work directly with ayahuasca, instead focusing on his key list of around 40 medicinal trees and plants. With his deep knowlege of the many different ways to prepare and combine these medicines, he is able to treat almost any kind of disease, as long as the patient is prepared to do understake the rigours and discplines of the required diet.

He continues working to this day, and is a humble and highly regarded healer in the Sauce region of San Martin.

Don Ricardo joins La Medicina on select retreats to share his wisdom, and prepared medicinal plant baths, and he also advises Chris when there is a tricky health issue for a guest, suggesting which plants would be appropriate to diet.



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