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Healing Roots: Anthropology in Life and Medicine

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by Julie Laplante
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Healing Roots: Anthropology in Life and Medicine by Julie Laplante

Umhlonyane, also known as Artemisia afra, is one of the oldest and best-documented indigenous medicines in South Africa. This bush, which grows wild throughout the sub-Saharan region, smells and tastes like "medicine," thus easily making its way into people's lives and becoming the choice of everyday healing for Xhosa healer-diviners and Rastafarian herbalists. This "natural" remedy has recently sparked curiosity as scientists search for new molecules against a tuberculosis pandemic while hoping to recognize indigenous medicine. Laplante follows umhlonyane on its trails and trials of becoming a biopharmaceutical - from the "open air" to controlled environments - learning from the plant and from the people who use it with hopes in healing.
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Ebook Details
Pages: 302
Size: 3.8 MB
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781782385554 (DRM-PDF)

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