Maca – The Sacred Incan Medicine for Stress and Well-being
Maca is a sacred Incan plant that only grows above 3800m in a small region in Peru. It’s been at the centre of Inca culture, history and spirituality for over 2000 years and has traditionally been used to treat mental health, hormone balance, menopause, PMS, fertility, pain, chronic fatigue and cancer.
Maca is unique to Peru and is not just a powdered commodity with a price tag, it is a 2000-year-old tradition, culture, history, medicine and has spiritual significance to the people that produce it. The presenters’ maca research program studies the bioactive chemicals in maca and recent findings have begun to unlock the secrets behind its mode of action.
Dr Corin Storkey has over 15 years of academic and research experience, specialising in medicinal antioxidant chemistry, oxidative diseases, cellular protection and health. He holds a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Melbourne, Australia and the Heart Research Institute – Sydney, Australia. He has previously struggled with and overcome chronic fatigue syndrome and believes that there is currently a lack of holistic management in the conventional Western medical approach to health. These experiences led him to establish Seleno Health, a small family business based between New Zealand and Peru, as a means to provide people with education and tools to manage their own health more effectively. His area of expertise is stress disorders and non-specific conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME), fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, Psoriasis, Alopecia, UC, IBS, Lyme disease and similar auto-immune conditions.
Sally Huapaya, co-director of Seleno Health, is native Peruvian from an Incan farming ancestory, with a Bachelor in industrial engineering and great knowledge of traditional health enhancing Peruvian foods. She has a passion to share what Peru has to offer and aspires to give back to the people of her homeland. In Peru, Seleno Health creates authentic Organic Farm to Table Maca directly with their local farmer, who they have a sincere and personal relationship with. They have developed a model of trade that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable and helps improve the lives of people in the local community.