If the first two leaves from the pampuna tree (Cucurbita maxima Duchesne) come out , one cannot immediately see that they are the leaves of the pampuna. They resemble those of the patía (watermelon). It is only when the third leaf comes out that one can see that it is a pampuna. The leaves are coarse and have the shape of a fan. The tendrils can reach 25 meters in length. New branches can be covered with the earth. It is said that the plant becomes stronger, because as soon as one buries tendrils, roots grow to make the plant stronger. The moment the tendrils become too thin, the point is cut off and placed in the ground so that the branch gets more power.
The use of herbs and their medicinal effect goes back to the very beginning of our history.
The earliest civilizations already used plants instinctively for both nutrition and healing. Also, the ancient Egyptians practiced herbal medicine - at a particularly high level. The Jewish people know clergymen who heal people with herbs. Around 460 BC, the father of medicine, Hypocrates, works in Greece. The Romans use herbs and flowers in various ways. In China, herbal systems have traditionally been developed for therapies. Native American Shamans and indigenous African cultures use herbs for healing and rituals.
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