Track: Shamanism and Its Potential for Modern Man
Therapeutic Potential of Traditional Amazonian Medicine
Traditional Amazonian medicine has become a global phenomenon. Nowadays, rituals are organized not only in South America, but also in European countries, North America and Australia. Due to legal regulations in the Czech Republic, the users of traditional Amazonian medicine create a specific subculture. In order to investigate it, I did a literature review and conducted 46 semi-structured interviews with participants of the rituals during year-long field work done since November 2015. The research focused on the therapeutic potential of traditional Amazonian medicine. The results demonstrate that it can be applied in the treatment of various lifestyle diseases.
Miroslav Horák (1981, Zlín), research assistant at the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University in Brno. He graduated in Master's degree programs. In 2004, he completed Secondary Schools Education (Czech Language and Essentials of Social Sciences) at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava (diploma Thesis: Gary Snyder's Ecopoetics). In 2006, he graduated in Social and Cultural Ecology at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University (diploma thesis: Plants of Transformation: The Use of Plant Hallucinogens by Mexican Indians in Oaxaca and Mestizos in Peru). In 2010, he completed doctoral studies in General Anthropology - Integral Study of Humans at the same faculty (diploma thesis: Takiwasi Case: Specific Research on Drug Addiction Treatment by the Traditional Indigenous Medicine of the Peruvian Amazon). Currently, he focuses in ethnobotanics, medical anthropology, and drug addiction treatment. He published several books, e.g. The House of Song, A Reader in Ethnobotany and Phytotherapy or Etnobotánica y fitoterapia en América.