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Use of black vulture (Coragyps atratus) in complementary and alternative therapies for cancer in Colombia: a qualitative study.

Sánchez-Pedraza R, Gamba-Rincón MR, González-Rangel AL - J Ethnobiol Ethnomed (2012)

Bottom Line: The analysis of the text was based on an inductive thematic approach.Resistance to disease and immune enhancement are properties attributed to Coragyps atratus when used for cancer treatment.The most recommended method of use is fresh blood ingestion, and the associated mechanism of action is transfer of immune factors to the individual who consumes it.

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Affiliation: Department of Medicine, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, DC, Colombia. rsanchezpe@unal.edu.co

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Background: Although Coragyps atratus has been used as a traditional therapy for patients with cancer, the scientific literature does not contain enough information on how this therapy is used or the mechanisms that explain this therapeutic practice.

Objectives: To understand the methods of use and the reasons given by patients and caregivers for the use of Coragyps atratus in cancer treatment.

Methods: This study used a qualitative design based on twenty in-depth interviews of patients with cancer or caregivers of patients with the disease. The analysis of the text was based on an inductive thematic approach.

Results: Resistance to disease and immune enhancement are properties attributed to Coragyps atratus when used for cancer treatment. The most recommended method of use is fresh blood ingestion, and the associated mechanism of action is transfer of immune factors to the individual who consumes it.

Conclusions: Use of Coragyps atratus as a treatment for cancer is a popular alternative therapy in Colombia. More studies are needed to understand the clinical effects of this intervention in cancer patients.

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Figure 1: American Black Vulture. American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus). Illustration by RSP.

Mentions: The American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) is a species of scavenger bird first described by Johann Matthäus Bechstein in 1793, which is widely distributed throughout the Americas (Figure 1). In Colombia, Coragyps atratus is commonly called “chulo”, “gallinazo”, “zamuro”, or “golero”. These birds are generally found in open and semi-open areas and are most numerous in the outskirts of cities, primarily in garbage dumps or landfills [1]. Although Coragyps atratus is primarily a scavenger bird, it also attacks young and small animals [2].


Use of black vulture (Coragyps atratus) in complementary and alternative therapies for cancer in Colombia: a qualitative study.

Sánchez-Pedraza R, Gamba-Rincón MR, González-Rangel AL - J Ethnobiol Ethnomed (2012)

American Black Vulture. American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus). Illustration by RSP.
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Figure 1: American Black Vulture. American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus). Illustration by RSP.
Mentions: The American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) is a species of scavenger bird first described by Johann Matthäus Bechstein in 1793, which is widely distributed throughout the Americas (Figure 1). In Colombia, Coragyps atratus is commonly called “chulo”, “gallinazo”, “zamuro”, or “golero”. These birds are generally found in open and semi-open areas and are most numerous in the outskirts of cities, primarily in garbage dumps or landfills [1]. Although Coragyps atratus is primarily a scavenger bird, it also attacks young and small animals [2].

Bottom Line: The analysis of the text was based on an inductive thematic approach.Resistance to disease and immune enhancement are properties attributed to Coragyps atratus when used for cancer treatment.The most recommended method of use is fresh blood ingestion, and the associated mechanism of action is transfer of immune factors to the individual who consumes it.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Medicine, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, DC, Colombia. rsanchezpe@unal.edu.co

ABSTRACT

Background: Although Coragyps atratus has been used as a traditional therapy for patients with cancer, the scientific literature does not contain enough information on how this therapy is used or the mechanisms that explain this therapeutic practice.

Objectives: To understand the methods of use and the reasons given by patients and caregivers for the use of Coragyps atratus in cancer treatment.

Methods: This study used a qualitative design based on twenty in-depth interviews of patients with cancer or caregivers of patients with the disease. The analysis of the text was based on an inductive thematic approach.

Results: Resistance to disease and immune enhancement are properties attributed to Coragyps atratus when used for cancer treatment. The most recommended method of use is fresh blood ingestion, and the associated mechanism of action is transfer of immune factors to the individual who consumes it.

Conclusions: Use of Coragyps atratus as a treatment for cancer is a popular alternative therapy in Colombia. More studies are needed to understand the clinical effects of this intervention in cancer patients.

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Related in: MedlinePlus