The Maqui berry bush is found only in Mapuche land and no where else in the world. The fruit has traditionally been used in sacred rites as well as medicinal purposes by the Mapuche people.
The Maqui berry leaf has many uses. Crushed maqui leaf is used in the healing of wounds, as a scar agent, as an infusion for sore throat, cold sores and intestinal tumors. The poultice is applied to tumors as a painkiller and febrifuge. The Maqui berry has antidiarrheal and astringent qualities.
While attempting to show the world the high nutritional content of the Maqui berry. The companies that currently market it are often oblivious to its sacred significance. This richly purple colored berry, has been used by our ancestors to improve and augment physical strength, vitality and legendary resistance making the Mapuche the only Native American people who successfully resisted the would be conquistadors; Incas, Spaniards and many others.