Vision / mision

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There was a time, not so long ago, when some men of medicine such as Dr. Claude Bernard (1813-1878), as well as others from Europe and the US, understood the inseparability between a patient’s illness and his inner being, his social and environmental surroundings, and his world. Like many others from other parts of the world before them, they felt that many factors influenced one’s state of being, and were the source of one’s illness. Now, however, due to the exclusive focus on specific physiological and pathological mechanisms, these concepts have almost been forgotten in modern medicine.
As it happens, here in Amazonia, there are many men and women of knowledge who haven’t forgotten this critical connection to health. Their ways of understanding health and illness, although expressed in different ways, always emphasize the importance of a balanced and harmonious relationship of an individual with his self, with his social environment, with his natural and super-natural environment.

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Arco Iris sobre la selva del Bobonaza desde Sacha Warmi

Rainbow over the Bobonaza River Valley - from Sacha Warmi.

Sacha Warmi Muskuy was born from the vision that it is not too late to reconcile and draw closer together both types of medicines. That indigenous peoples can still prevent the definitive loss of their medical knowledge and practice, and that we, in the world, can learn from them. We believe that for the health conditions of indigenous peoples to improve, these two visions of the world need to figure out a way of rediscovering each other, in order for a truly intercultural dialogue to take place. This will allow us to find new ways of providing health services, and indigenous people’s recovery of their self-esteem and dignity.


Sacha Warmi Muskuy stands to: 1) help build bridges for modern indigenous people to be able to access their own traditional tools and resources, and make thoughtful decisions when facing choices between “modern” and “traditional” solutions, and 2) bring awareness and understanding of traditional tools to those raised in "1st World" environments.
To facilitate this process Sacha Warmi established a resource and educational center near the town of Puyo, capital of the Pastaza province. Its goal is to help create more efficient and culturally relevant healthcare services for Indigenous people in Ecuadorian Amazonia.

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Estudiantes de Enfermería en clase de Medicina Herbolaria

Nursing students in an herbal medicine class.

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