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medicinal plants african traditional medicine
Information about African traditional medicine and five popular plants used and found in Africa.
Africa is called:
The cradle of mankind.
How old is the culture of the Khoisan People?
5000 years old
What is the treatment philosophy of African traditional medicine?
1) wholeistic treatment approach
2) treat psychosis before the physical
What is the #1 herb sold in the US?
What are the 5 major plants discussed originatng in Africa?
1) Aloe Vera
4) Gum Arabic
5) Devil's Claw
Where does Aloe Vera originate?
What are the external uses of Aloe Vera?
1) minor wounds - scrapes
What are the internal uses of Aloe Vera?
1) mild laxitive
What is an exudate?
Anything secreted from bark as resin.
Possibly includes tree sap.
What African medicinal plants are Exudates?
1) Gum Arabic
What happens to the resin if you tap it (like tapping for syrup)?
The quality becomes inferior to that of spontaneously occuring resin.
What is the scientific name of Frankincense?
Boswellia sacra is the scientific name of what African plant?
Where does Boswellia sacra originate?
How is Frankincense used in African traditional medicine?
1) aromatherapy (incense)
2) as a topical paste
What are the uses of Frankincense?
1) relieve anxiety and tension - through aromatherapy
What is the scientific name of Myrrh?
Commiphora myrrha is the scientific name of what African plant?
What is Myrrh known as?
The Balm of Gillead
Where does Commiphora myrrha originate?
What are the uses of Myrrh?
1) mouth / throat infections
: gingivitis and mouth ulcers
What is the scientific name of Gum Arabic?
Acacia senegal is the scientific name of what African plant?
Where does Acacia senegal originate?
What are the uses of Gum Arabic?
What is an emulsifier?
It's put in gum, food, and medicine to stabalize it.
What is the scientific name of Devil's Claw?
Harpagophytum procumbens is the scientific name for what African plant?
Where does Harpagophytum procumbens originate?
What kind of issue does Devil's Claw pose?
controversial / conservation issue
Why does Devil's Claw pose a controversial / conservation issue?
It can't be cultivated; it must be wild caught (found growing naturally).
What are the uses of Harpagophytum procumbens?
3) lower back pain relief
What parts of the Harpagophytum procumbens plants are used?