Tepezcohuite history

The tepezcohuite is a tree native to northern Brazil and southern Mexico

Tepezcohuite tree

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History of tepezcohuite

The tree of the skin is a thorny tree that is found widely in Mexico (states of Oaxaca and Chiapas), Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil, but only in very specific areas of Chiapas has healing properties.

In 1986, Dr. Leon Roque Reliz in Mexico patent a application on tepezcohuite tree bark: the procedure to toast and to convert it to dust, obtaining in 1989 the U.S. patent, patenting thereby conventionally used for millennia by indigenous communities, but only adds the element of sterilization.

What happened then? All the powder produced by traditional methods is a violation of patent rights and that communities in Chiapas have been expropriated not only their knowledge but also by the limited territory that is growing mimosa tenuiflora.

The tepezcohuite plant appears at the international herbal market unexpectedly. On 1984, on November the 19th an explosion produced in San Juan de Ixhuatepetec in the State of Mexico cause many injuries from burns. After ending the traditional drugs, tepezcohuite was applied to the wounded, showing that the ability to regenerate damaged tissue was much faster than any other product used. Despite not being a standardized clinical study, results were surprising, and many scientists were interested in the plant.

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