This shrub, which grows up to 5 m in height and blooms almost all year round, has many names: Chiric Sanango, Manaka, Chiricaspi, Kiss-me-quick, Brunfelsia large-flowered. And even more healing properties. With its help, Quechua treats the effects of snakebites, colds, yellow fever, arthritis, rheumatism and sexually transmitted diseases (for example, syphilis).
Almost all of the above is due to the scopoletin contained in Chiric Sanango. This organic compound has proven anti-inflammatory, antifungal, analgesic, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties, and also prevents cell mutations, that is, prevents the development of cancerous tumors.
But shamans also appreciate large-flowered brunfelsia for its ability to "open the heart", relieve oppressive emotions, diagnose diseases and point out plants that can cure them. Since ancient times, Quechua have been drinking a decoction of this plant to gain wisdom, clarity of thinking, an inexhaustible supply of energy, and also to expel evil spirits and before the hunt, for good luck.
Such properties of Chiric Sanango are probably due to a complex combination of organic compounds, including ibogaine, voacangin, scopolamine, manasin, esculetin, brunfelsamidine and saponins. Some shamans add this plant to Ayahuasca.