Health and Wellness

Medicinal Africa!


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.



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    SOURCE: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH: NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, “NCCAM Expands Research Centers Program with Three Centers of Excellence and Two International Centers” ( accessed 01/18/2012). [USA]

    “The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) announces funding of three centers of excellence and two international centers for the study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). With these new awards NCCAM, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), continues to enhance CAM research capacity by funding centers at leading U.S. institutions and by establishing new global partnerships.

    Three of the five new centers will explore therapies used in traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal mixtures. The other two centers will study a type of energy medicine (millimeter wave therapy) and botanical therapies used by traditional healers in Africa.”


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