The Basis of Therapeutics among Australian Aborigines

Author

Emanuela Appetiti

Proceeding

Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date

17/7/2007

Keyword

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Abstract

Australian Aborigines, like other traditional cultures, have been using plants for therapeutic purposes since immemorable time. In spite of the introduction of Western medicine among Aborigines, the communities settled in the remotest areas of Australia still use traditional methods of treatments and value the plant lore of local traditional healers and elders. The paper will present uses and different modes of administration of some plants, as well as the totemic link between people and nature (especially plants) in Aboriginal Australia.