Medicine: Milkweed

In Guatemala, the women of all classes know an ancient secret learned from the Indians: an herbal tea made from ixbut (rhymes with fish-boot) increases the flow of mother's milk.

As a youth on his father's plantation, Manuel Serrano was fascinated by all the stories and legends he heard about ixbut. There was the tall tale of a 60-year-old woman who had not borne a child for 18 years; when her daughter died in childbirth, she took ixbut and had no trouble nursing her grandchild. There was the even taller tale of an Indian...

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