Posted on 01 May 2012.
African healing herbs are age-old materia medica that have long been used to cure disease, promote health, attract wealth and communicate with the spirits. Africa is endowed with many plants that can be used for medicinal purposes to which they have taken full advantage. In fact, out of the approximated 6400 plant species used in tropical Africa, more than 4000 are used as medicinal plants. Traditional African healers possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of medicinal leaves, bark, roots and other herbal medicines, which they passed down the generations by word of mouth. Medicinal plants are used in the treatments of many diseases and illnesses, the uses and effects of which are of growing interest to Western societies. Over the centuries, a variety of these healing herbs have entered Western pharmacopoeia and are now the focus of extensive clinical research and integration into mainstream medical systems.Not only are plants used and chosen for their healing abilities, but they also often have symbolic and spiritual significance.