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Medicinal Plants of South Africa 2nd Edition
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Review By: Sensitive Midwifery Magazine - October - December 2012

Southern Africa hosts more than 30 000 higher plant species, of which around 3000 are used and traded as medicinal plants. Many of these are recognised in Western medicine. However, there are an estimated 200 000 traditional healers who regularly use medicinal plants in South Africa, and up to 60% of South Africans consult these healers, usually in addition to modern biomedical services. 

This book offers detailed descriptions of around 150 of the most commonly use South African medicinal plants. Information included the descriptions and photographs of the plant, the plant parts used, medicinal uses, preparation and dosage, active ingredients and pharmacological effects. Introductory chapters cover the cultural aspects of healing, methods of collection and storage of medicinal plants, and method of preparation and administration. A plant list according to ailments is also given. 

With its easy-to-understand and user-friendly format, this book will be an excellent read for anyone wishing to further their knowledge on the fascinating and very significant role that medicinal plants play in natural healthcare in South Africa. 

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