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Medicinal plants help keep children healthy in South Africa

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The interesting subplot is that their is a strong resistance amongst whites and black towards using native South African plants.

 

Due to Apartheid instilling into them that any knowledge from a black person is inferior to white man knowledge.

 

This is why native South African herbs are poorly studied by South Africans.

 

In the video below the presenter touches on the South African perspective on indigenous knowledge.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ishmael Fleishman said:

strong resistance amongst whites and black towards using native South African plants.

A "mere" 61 species documented in this study of S. African childhood diseases, of an estimated 30000 plants known to traditional healers. The authors point out that the cost of western medicine is prohibitively high, which has led to a resurgence of interest in traditional plant medicines. The study itself does not associate the use of traditional plant medicine with better or worse health outcomes (such as child mortality rates) in rural areas. But I think one of the study's implications is that, maybe not all of these traditional remedies are effective. 

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0282113#pone-0282113-t003

 

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On 13/02/2024 at 11:58 AM, fyzygy said:

maybe not all of these traditional remedies are effective.  

 

Elaine Elisabetsky, PhD, ethnopharmacologist and professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, makes an interesting argument about effectiveness. The Western model is reductive; it seeks to isolate a single compound that can be patented, put into a pill, or injected. However, traditional medicine does work that way and has a plethora of administrations routes, and we should be weary of throwing the baby out with the bath water.

 

Many plants are not effective in the Western medical model; this does not mean that they are ineffective per se. We need to be aware of our biases.

 

 

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