SCORPION: A Healing Ally? Yes. But Ugly.

Scorpion: An ugly ally!

Scorpion: An ugly ally!

Neuroscientists working with brain cancer patients in Washington have recently been astounded to find that a chemical produced by Israeli "death-stalker" scorpion venom (Leiurus quinquestriatus) can cross the blood barrier, identify cancer cells and attach its molecules to the damaged cells. The scientists are using the scorpion venom molecules to carry a bright dye into the brain, thus illuminating the cancer cells and allowing for a much more targeted form of surgery. The venom was said to be a 100 more sensitive than an MRI in identifying cancer cells.

Not only did the scorpion venom point to tumors in the brain but also those in the colon and breast.

On another front, a team of researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University's Department of Plant Sciences, led by Professor Michael Gurevitz, Ph.D., is investigating ways in which scorpion venom may replace morphine (and other narcotic drugs) for pain relief.

Scorpion venom has been used for medicinal purposes before.

Ancient Chinese physicians were perhaps the first to experiment with scorpion venom, using it for pain relief and other applications. Scorpion venom contains neurotoxins, which directly affect the human nervous system. One of the first signs of venomous poisoning (from scorpions or snakes) is numbness or loss of physical sensation, particularly in the region of the body that was bitten. 

During his interview regarding this amazing discovery of the scorpion venom's possibilities, neurosurgeon Dr. Jim Olsen, chief neuro-oncologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said that it was time for science to open itself to the possibility of other plants and animals having similarly powerful chemicals that could be useful for health purposes.

At Cloud Forest Botanicals, we could not agree more!


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Good news and a Special Offer

for online customers!

New rules have enabled CFB to cut our domestic AND international shipping costs almost IN HALF...and we are passing that savings on to our clients! This means that packages under 4 pounds will now only cost $8.25 instead of the previous $16.00. Woohoo! 

Mailing from the cloud forest in Boquete, Panama has its challenges. The rules change, often. For awhile, all boxed packages had to be completely covered in tape. Then, suddenly, NO tape was allowed, and packages had to be wrapped in plain brown paper (even if they weren't porn!) and GLUED shut. On another day, suddenly, all packages had to be brought unsealed for on site visual inspection. A week later you had to present a photocopy of your id.  It goes on and on. We only recently learned that mail from Boquete only gets sent out into the world on Mondays and Fridays!

Still the postal ladies are usually smiling, always helpful, and the mail does get delivered, if slowly.

If you are ordering from the US or Canada, please allow 3 full weeks for delivery from the time we respond to you order saying it has been shipped. You may be pleasantly surprised and it will arrive in less time. You will certainly be pleased now to know that your orders will cost 50% less to order.

Thank you.

Also, as our way of saying THANK YOU for your growing support of the Herbal Revolution (as our mentor, Franklin, Man of the Mountain, calls it):  order two or more tinctures during the month of October and we will include with your order a FREE half ounce of our popular and EFFECTIVE Super Immune Booster.

Just in  time to help you through the oncoming cold and flu season!

We look forward to hearing from you soon. And, as always, keep smiling and be well. 





Good News! New Reduced Shipping Rates! – Oct. Newsletter

Good news for all online customers!

New rules have enabled CFB to cut our international shipping costs almost IN HALF...and we are passing that savings on to our clients. This means that small packages under 4 pounds sent through the postal service to the US or Canada will now only cost $8.25 instead of the previous $16.00. Packages to Europe will cost $17.50.

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CFB now has Ashwagandha – The Indian Wonder Herb!



Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng

  • Nurtures & strengthens the nervous system,
  • Reduces  anxiety and stress
  • Promotes calmness & a feeling of well-being
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Potent system tonic & aphrodisiac

 This herb is regarded as a 1st class adaptogenic tonic by one of the world's greatest herbal medical systems ( Ayurveda ), and compares favorably with the most renowned and effective herbal tonics -

  • ginseng (Panax ginseng) ,
  • astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) ,
  • dang qui (Angelica sinensis),
  • reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)

In the herbal tradition Ashwagandha's sharp and pungent principle, indicates a warming, strengthening action. It raises metabolism, stimulates digestion, clears mucus and improves circulation. Ashwagandha has been used medicinally for approx. 4,000 years and revered by generations of people for its ability to increase vitality, energy, endurance and stamina, promote longevity and strengthen the immune system without stimulating the body's reserves.

Cloud forest Botanicals now has this plant in a potent organic tincture form (both 1oz & 2oz sizes) Order here online or if you are in Boquete, Panama. Visit us at the Tuesday Market in Boquete.

Some PHYTO-Chemistry

Ashwagandha's extract derives its strength from a combination of various plant chemicaIs.  It has 12 alkaloids : Alkaloids have documented pharmacological effects and are used in many OTC medicines. Several sitoindosides which are helpful in reducing stress , also 35 withanolides and various other steroidal lactories which have been identified in the roots of Ashwagandha that make it effective as an aphrodisiac, sedative, narcotic, diuretic, debostruent and restorative. Other important compounds that are present in the roots are withancil (an acid), glycosides, dulcitol, and starch, glycine, tyrosine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, alanine and cysteine which are amino acids. Two main types of Withanolides (A and D) are found in the leaves of this shrub. Withanolides are found to exhibit measurable anti-inflammatory properties.