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, 34 (2-3), 253-9

The Inappropriate Use of Traditional Medicines in South Africa

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The Inappropriate Use of Traditional Medicines in South Africa

S N Bye et al. J Ethnopharmacol.

Abstract

Traditional medicines are culturally very important to the Zulu population of Southern Africa. The inappropriate use of herbs has however, resulted in numerous fatalities, invariably in children. This paper briefly summarises the belief of the Zulu population in traditional remedies, together with an outline of the problems at present being experienced in South Africa. A further note on the personal impressions and experiences of the authors and description of one such toxic herbal remedy, including use, toxic action and research carried out to date, are also given.

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