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mesoamerica and the maya world

Amoebas

amoebaIf you travel much in areas where the water is questionable, no matter how careful you are sooner or later you’re likely to pick up a case of amoebas. Doctors will treat this with something like flagyl, which I find a nasty business — and one that’s often distressingly ineffective.

I’m not a doctor so I can’t offer medical advice. In fact, the best advice I can give is to find a medical caregiver you trust and consult with that person. So when I tell you what I do, I’m not suggesting you do the same.

What I do is make infusions of wormwood tea, a few cups a day if necessary. Wormwood — Artemesia absinthium — is known for its use in absinthe. You can grow the plant or buy the dried leaves at health food stores. A strong wormwood tea is a kind of poison. In my experience it’s one that seems to control amoebas, without the side effects of prescription medicines.

One caution: wormwood is said to be the second most bitter substance there is (after vetch, I think). If you drink this stuff, you might want to swallow it fast (and then do the wormwood full-body shudder — perfect for dia de muertos).

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amoeba image from wikipedia

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  1. My brother used to make a similar tea when I visited him in the Philipines. Not sure if it was Wormwood – but it was the worst thing I have ever tasted.

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