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A survey and analysis of traditional medicinal plants as used by the Zulu; Xhosa and Sotho

Anne Hutchings
Bothalia | Vol 19, No 1 | a947 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v19i1.947 | © 1989 Anne Hutchings | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 October 1989 | Published: 18 October 1989

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Anne Hutchings, Zulu Folk Medicine Research. Department of Biochemistry. Univer­sity of Zululand, South Africa

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A coded list of 794 traditional Zulu medicinal plants is presented with a key to the ailments concerned. Xhosa and Sotho usage of these plants is incorporated. Medicinal usage in the ptendophytes, gymnosperms. monocotyledons and dicotyledons is tabulated. Ailments are categorized and discussed with an analysis of the plant families involved in their treatment. Patterns of usage between related plants are observed and some potentially effective or dangerous characteristic family constituents are briefly outlined.


ailment; medicinal plants; Sotho; Xhosa; Zulu


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