The Healing Touch: A Mother’s Determination

In prehistoric Spain, million years ago, a mother's desperate search for a cure led to discovering the healing power of nature and the human touch.
Healing Touch Story Cover

Illustration by "Touch" by Leonardo AI

In a lush, tropical corner of what would one day be called Spain, the primates known as Homo antecessor thrived. The landscape was far from the dry plains and rugged mountains that would define the region in later millennia. The air was warm and thick with humidity, and the verdant forests teeming with life.

Homo antecessor, an extinct archaic human species, existed from 1.2 to 0.8 million years ago during the Early Pleistocene and has been discovered in the Spanish Sierra de Atapuerca. The Latin name Homo signifies ‘human’, while antecessor translates to ‘explorer,’ ‘pioneer,’ or ‘early settler.’

One such thriving community of Homo antecessor made their home in a riverside clearing surrounded by dense vegetation. The settlement was small, not more than a few dozen individuals. They were all members of the same extended family, and a constant struggle marked their lives for survival.

Hominid family

In the heart of this community lived a young mother named Tali and her son, Kiri. Tali was a fierce and resourceful woman known among her tribe for her keen intelligence and quick wit. Her son Kiri, barely six summers old, was her pride and joy. He was a curious and adventurous child, always eager to explore the world around him.

One day, while Tali was gathering berries with the other women of the tribe, Kiri wandered off, drawn by the fluttering of a brightly colored butterfly. He followed the insect deeper into the forest, away from his mother’s and their community’s safety.

Kiri stumbled upon a grove of strange, thick-stemmed plants with broad leaves and small, bright red berries. The berries looked like the ones the tribe often gathered, but something about these plants felt different to Kiri. As he reached out to pluck a berry, a sudden sharp pain pierced his palm. A thin, barbed vine was coiled around the base of the plant, and it had pierced Kiri’s skin. He cried out and stumbled back, clutching his hand.

Kiri in the jungle cover

Tears filled Kiri’s eyes as he stumbled back to the tribe, his hand throbbing with pain. By the time he reached his mother, his hand had begun to swell and turn a sickly shade of purple. Panic filled Tali’s heart as she examined the wound, knowing that the tribe’s knowledge of medicine was limited and that some injuries could prove fatal if left untreated.

Desperate to save her son, Tali turned to the tribe’s elder, Mara. Mara was a wise and knowledgeable woman, her once-dark hair now streaked with gray, her face lined with the wisdom of her years. She was the tribe’s healer, and her knowledge of the plants and animals surrounding them was unparalleled.

Mara examined Kiri’s hand, her eyes narrowing with concern. “The wound is from a poison vine,” she told Tali, her voice grave. “It is a dangerous plant, one that our people avoid. I have seen its effects before, and they are not pleasant. The poison will spread through Kiri’s body, bringing fever, pain, and death.”

Tali’s heart clenched with fear for her son, but she refused to give up hope. “There must be something we can do,” she insisted, her voice wavering slightly. “There must be a way to stop the poison.”

Mara sighed, her eyes filled with sadness. “I know of no cure for this poison, Tali,” she admitted. “But that does not mean one does not exist. The forest is vast, and there is much we do not know. Perhaps there is a plant, somewhere in this great expanse, that can counteract the poison’s effects.”

Determined to find a cure for her son, Tali set out into the forest, armed with little more than her knowledge of the plants and animals that called it home. She knew that finding a new plant with healing properties was a long shot, but she refused to let her son die without a fight.

Days turned into weeks as Tali searched the forest, leaving no stone unturned in her quest to save Kiri. Back at the tribe, Mara did her best to keep Kiri comfortable, but the boy’s condition worsened. His entire arm was swollen and discolored, and fever wracked his tiny body, leaving him weak and listless.

Tali’s heart ached every day that passed without a cure, but she refused to give up. She scoured the forest, searching for any plant that might hold the key to saving her son. Her perseverance was finally rewarded when she came across a small, unassuming plant with delicate white flowers and a thick, tuberous root.

Something about the plant called to Tali, and she carefully dug up the root, carrying it back to the tribe with a glimmer of hope in her heart. She presented the root to Mara, who examined it closely. The older woman’s eyes had a spark of recognition, and she nodded slowly. “This plant is rare, but I have seen it before,” she told Tali. “It is called the White Star, and its root is said to hold powerful healing properties.”

Hominid old woman cover

With no time to lose, Mara carefully prepared a poultice from the root, crushing it and mixing it with water to form a thick paste. She applied the poultice to Kiri’s swollen hand, wrapping it tightly with leaves to hold it in place. Then, all they could do was wait.

As Tali sat by her son’s side, she felt an inexplicable urge to place her hands on his body as if drawn by some unseen force. She gently laid her hands on Kiri’s arm above the swollen, discolored flesh. As she did so, she noticed a change in her son’s eyes. They communicated that the pressure of her hands on certain spots helped alleviate his pain. Guided by Kiri’s eyes and instincts, Tali carefully adjusted her touch, focusing on areas that seemed to bring him relief.

Hours passed, and Kiri’s fever began to subside. His breathing grew steadier, and the swelling in his hand slowly began to recede. Kiri was on the mend. By the time the sun rose the following day, it was clear that the combination of the White Star’s root and Tali’s touch had worked their magic.

Tali looked down at her hands with astonishment, tears welling in her eyes. She couldn’t explain how she had known where to touch Kiri or why her touch seemed to have played a role in his healing. But at that moment, she understood something profound had occurred beyond her understanding of the natural world.

Kiri’s recovery marked a turning point for the tribe as they began to explore the potential of the plants surrounding them and the power of their touch in even greater depth. Over time, the Homo antecessor developed a deeper understanding of the healing power of the forest and its bodies. The knowledge passed down through generations would form the foundation of modern medicine. Tali’s discovery of the White Star’s root and her intuitive use of touch were just the first steps in humanity’s long journey to harness the power of nature and its innate abilities to heal and protect themselves.

Hominid family in the jungle

And though the world would change beyond recognition over the next million years, Tali’s love and determination legacy would live on, a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring bond between a mother and her child.



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