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Peruvian Coca Leaf

The antiquity of the coca in Peru is at least of 4.000 years and probably more.

The coca plant is as old as man. The cultivation and consumption of its leaves, which were considered sacred by pre-Columbian civilizations goes back over 4,000 years. Of greatest significance is the fact that over time the shrub has become an integral part of Andean culture and today, as in the past, it represents the material and spiritual force underlying the identity of the indigenous peoples.

Peru, the world's largest source of coca, has both licit and illicit cultivation. Licit coca is cultivation by farmers registered with the National Coca Monopoly (ENACO). ENACO buys and sells it to retailers either for resale domestically, for chewing or for herbal tea, or for export to produce soft drink flavoring or pharmaceuticals. The 18,000 hectares that have been registered for licit coca cultivation are centered in the department of Cuzco.

Illicit coca cultivation occurs primarily in the Upper Huallaga Valley region of northern Peru including the departments of San Martin, Huanuco, and Ucayali. Other areas under cultivation include the valleys of La Convencion and Lares in the department of Cuzco, and the provinces of Huanta and La Mar along the Rio Apurimac in the department of Ayachucho.

Coca Leaf.. Traditional Medicine

In the light of the research carried out and confirmed by daily experience, one may assert that the coca plant is essentially a medicinal plant par excellence, whose preventive and therapeutic properties have demonstrated their effectiveness throughout time.

According to research, the chemical composition of coca leaves is more complete and rich in calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, ash, minerals (calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, ascorbic acid, etc.) and vitamins A, C and E than other food plants and infusions in common use such as coffee, tea, camomile, etc. Thanks to this research, it is nowadays recognized that the coca leaf contains more proteins (19.9 per cent) than meat (19.4 per cent) and far more calcium (2,191 per cent) than condensed milk, and that it is richer in vitamin B-1 (276 per cent) than fresh carrots.

It is not by chance that the plant has acquired a broad and diverse range of applications in the traditional medicine of the indigenous people. Its irreplaceable qualities have been demonstrated over time and throughout a vast territory. The coca leaf has established itself as the traditional remedy for treating physiological and psychological illness, and by virtue of its composition it is a powerful energy restorer for curing stomach and digestive ailments, alleviating affections of the larynx and vocal chords, preventing vertigo, regulating arterial pressure and the metabolism of carbohydrates, and even of improving sexual prowess.

Tales of the aphrodisiacal properties of coca leaf eventually reached the Old World too. In his journal of 1794, Hipolito Unanue writes of "coqueros, 80 years of age and over, and yet capable of such prowess as young men in the prime of life would be proud of."

The Indians used the coca leaf for the treatment of as different diseases as the upset stomach and the rheumatism. The Limean doctors tried to duplicate the elaborated coca cataplasms, because they were informed into the successful administration of the healers of the mountain range in patients who suffered rheumatic pains

Peruvian wise person Hipolito Unanue affirmed that from time of the Incas the natives had used the coca leaf like incomparable tonic for the old ones

Investigators affirm the low incidence of cardiovascular diseases in the mascadores natives of Coca leaves . Also the little frequency of dental decays is well-known.

Coca, Erythroxylum coca, nitric oxide, science

In this paper the peruvian authors Pedro Angulo and Cesar Fuentes: show a short review about the process of science and display an overview on the use of coca leaves ( rythroxylum coca) in the context of andean science, stigmatized by the occidental world. As well as, the researches of some peruvian scientifics are commented. It remains enigmatic as to why coca has medicinal properties and why could contribute to the manking welfare. To answer this enigma they does propose an hipotesis utilizing the nitric oxide model as a new paradigm on their scientific study.

Osteoporosis Free: with Peruvian Coca Leaf..?

The dramatic history of Gean Pierre, a Peruvian boy of 5 years, immobilized, left by science and in terminal condition with the disease of Pertes and recovered totally in few months, only enriching his foods with 30 grams daily of ground coca leaves, opens that possibility.

The miraculous treatment made in a Peruvian hospital by the nutritionist Maritza Vera, was encouraged by previous successes with other patients who cured themselves of diverse diseases like chronic anemia, depression, osteoporosis and until leukemia, only adding "flour of coca" (toasted and ground coca leaf) to their foods. The coca contains "reserpina" that regulates the pressure and forms osteoblast, for that reason acts in patients with osteoporosis, says Maritza Vera.

Today Gean Pierre runs gladly, plays football and rides bicycle free already of the disease.

Maritza says the coca is a wonderful plant, every 3 months cures to you of some disease. She has been remarkable successful treating different diseases and continues spreading the remarkable healthful properties of the coca leaf.

   In Peru the coca flour use is extending for the    treatment of diverse diseases, mainly osteoporosis,    arthrosis, gastritis etc. ENACO, (National Company of    the Coca) sells "coca flour" freely, to cover an    increasing national demand.

   After years of management, ENACO (National Company    of the Coca in Peru) has managed to give to a new    impulse to industrialization and export of coca leaves. First, with the sale of "mate de coca" (tea of coca) a to South Africa and the United States and Switzerland; and also with the production of coca leaf extract that will be used like flavor in the United States. The own DEA guaranteed the sale to the United States

The Government of Peru would have to initiate    extensive clinical studies, local and international to    demonstrate scientifically the curatives properties of the coca leaf, that actually already are accepted by an increasing Peruvian population.

A peruvian presidential candidate has proposed to enrich the flour to elaborate bread with a 2 % of coca flour due to its high calcium content.

              Coca leaf YES, cocaine NO

Coca leaves have been used for centuries as a stimulant. Pre-Incan Indians used the leaves to relieve altitude sickness (hypoxia), hunger and fatigue.


Firstly, it is necessary to stress and distinguish the fundamental difference between chewing coca in the Andean setting and the unlawful use of cocaine in the West. In a speech made in 1992 before the annual Assembly of the World Health Organization, the President of the Republic of Bolivia, Mr. Paz Zamora referred to these confused and contradictory interpretations and observed that "coca is an Andean tradition while cocaine is a Western habit"

 The innocuous nature of traditional use of coca leaves and the benefits  for human health were proven with scientific rigor by the most  extensive study of cocaine ever done. This research was carried out  between 1991 and 1995 by the World Health Organisation (WHO)

 The Andean culture and the coca plant have thrived for centuries. It is  ironic that this same plant that is used as a cure in its homeland is the  source for so much abuse and misunderstanding in other parts of the  world.

The concentration of cocaine alkaloid in the leaf, is very low, and therefore, ingested in natural form, it does not produce serious toxicity nor it generates dependency. It acts like stimulating weighs, it improves the attention and the coordination of ideas; is something as well as to take a concentrated coffee

Coca Leaf.. Nutritional Value

A very important study done by the Harvard University found that the coca leaf has a large amount of nutrients, more than other foods well known as strong ones:


Amaranthus Caudatus, Oriza Sativa, Avena Sativa, Chenopodium Pallidicaule, Chenopodium Quinoa, Hordeum Vulgare, Sccale Cereale, Coix Lachrima Jobi, Zea Mays and Triticum Aesticum.

Canna Edulis, Caapsicum spp., Allium Saticum, Arracacha Xanthorriza, Ipomoca Batatas, Cyclanthera Pedata, Cucurbita Maxima, Alliem Cepa; Brasica Oleracea and Tropacolum Tuberosum, and

Persea Americana, Ananas Cosmosus, Musa Sapientum, Cocos Nucifera, Passiflora Mollissima, Annona Cherimolia, Prunus Persica, Fregaria spp., Annona Muricata, and Ficus Carica.

Calcium (mg)
Phosphor (mg)   
Iron (mg) 
Vitamin A (iu)
Vitamin B1 (mg) 
Vitamin PP (mg) 
Vitamin C (mg)  

Vitamin B2 (mg) 

305   (mg)

279  (mg)


Cocaine can be a curse for the humanity"

..."but the coca leaf can be a blessing for our health"


PC. Luis Quiroz Ravines
Founder of the “World Movement of Direct Help to the Poor"


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