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Author Laplante, Julie, author
Title Healing roots : anthropology in life and medicine / Julie Laplante
Imprint New York : Berghahn Books, 2015
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  RM666.A775 L36 2015    AVAILABLE    30520020804358
 人文社會聯圖  RM666.A775 L36 2015    AVAILABLE    30600020094794
Descript xii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Series Epistemologies of healing ; Volume 15
Epistemologies of healing ; v. 15
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 258-275) and index
Introduction: tracing the preclinical trial of an indigenous plant -- Knowing umhloyane/Artemisia afra -- Engaging in medicine -- Tracing medicine/wayfaring -- Imagining indigeneity -- Healing the nation -- Dreams, ancestors and sound healing -- Weaving molecules in life -- Conclusion--imagining the clinical trial
"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."--Provided by publisher
Subject Artemisia afra -- Therapeutic use -- South Africa
Medicinal plants -- South Africa
Traditional medicine -- South Africa
Medical anthropology -- South Africa
Ethnopharmacology -- South Africa
Molecular biology -- Social aspects
Drugs -- Testing
Tuberculosis -- Chemotherapy
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