The ancient African healers had an elaborate materia medica, most of the
over 5,000 plant species have been used for food and medicine for centuries. The traditions of Africa
have not been documented nearly as well as the cultures of India and China,
leaving African medicinal plant species underrepresented in modern herbal medicine.
Valuable species are in danger of being lost to deforestation before we ever
come to understand them, and some such as Pygeum have become an endangered
species because of the high demand. Hopefully we will find the wisdom to preserve
this ancient and immensely valuable resource for the Earths children.
Woody perennial :
The leaves of the buchu are an effective diuretic, are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. These medicinal properties make Buchu effective in the treatment of bladder infections, kidney infections, urinary tract infections (UTI). Buchu is also often us...
Today, most interest is centered on caralluma's
use as an appetite suppressant. Caralluma works in much the same way as hoodia,
both hoodia and caralluma contain preganane glycosides, thought to aid in weight
perennial vine :
Devils claw offers slow but sure relief of joint pain caused by both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and it has also been shown to relieve muscle pain and enhance mobility ...
Rose-scented pelargonium oil is commonly know as geranium oil in aromatherapy. Pelargoniums were used in South Africa as a traditional medicine for healing cold sores, sore throats and infections...
Perennial Monocot reed :
Ginger combines well with many herbs, improving taste and potency. Ginger speeds up the delivery of healthy plant chemicals into the bloodstream while adding a spicy, hot zest to your favorite dishes....
Centella asiatica (L.)
: Indian Pennywort, Brahmi
Gotu kola is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and TCM to rejuvenate both mind and body. Clinical experiments have shown that the plant does improve memory, and rejuvenate skin and body tissue....
Hoodia Gordonii works by mimicking the effect that glucose has on the nerve cells in the brain. The effect on these cells in essence, transmits the feeling of fullness to the brain, diminishing appetite. The problem with this much hyped African plant is t...
Evergreen Desert Tree :
The bark of this West African tree may be your best natural bet for reversing sexual dysfunction, though at the cost of several side effects....
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