Robert C. Thornett, In Argentina, an Innovative Traditional and Natural Medicine Initiative Sprouts from Urban Agriculture, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2016, Pages 74-79 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/in-argentina-an-innovative-traditional-and-natural-medicine-initiative-sprouts-from-urban-agriculture/) Abstract: Trading jokes with his housemates as the sun sets over downtown Rosario, Argentina, nursing student Miguel Suarez drags a hose across the courtyard of the Medical Student House to water a leafy burrito plant (Aloysia polystachia). Leaning from a lawn chair to pick small leaves, agronomist Custodio "Lucho" Lemos explains that burrito herbal infusions are popular remedies for digestive and liver disorders in traditional Guaraní folk medicine in northern Argentina and Paraguay. A 2012 Brazilian study in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research found burrito's oil more effective against E. coli, Candida, and Trichophyton bacteria than first-line commercial drugs Gentomycin, Amphotericin B, and Terbinafine, respectively.1 A block from the historic central avenue Boulevard Oroño, the Medical Student House is part of the Medical School at the National University of Rosario, a city of 1.3 million best known as the hometown of Leonel Messi and Che Guevara. But on Tuesday evenings like … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Community; Health; History; Population