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Hutchings, Anne, and Scott, Alan Haxton; Lewis, Gillian; Cunningham, Anthony Balfour

Zulu Medicinal Plants - An Inventory

(Limited Edition)

Published: University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, 1996

Edition: Limited (First) Edition

Reserve: $50


Estimate: $70 - 90

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Limited (First) Edition 1996, No. 101 of 300; University of Natal Press in association with University of Zululand (KwaDlangezwa) & The National Botanical Institute (Cape Town), Pietermaritzburg. Imperial octavo, 300mm x 215mm x 30mm, xii [2] 450 pp. Burgundy cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. Illustrated dust jacket.

Anne Hutchings is an ethnobotanist and Zululand University Research Fellow who has tended to  many Aids patients over the years in far-flung areas of northern KwaZulu-Natal around Empangeni and Mtubatuba, relieving the effects of their terrible skin conditions and easing painful joints. In many cases she has been able to give her patients a new lease of life, thanks to the use of a range of herbal medication, most importantly Sutherlandia, which has shown significant  results on patients staring at a slow and ghastly death.

This is an inventory of over 1000 Zulu medicinal plants. A third of these are not mentioned in the last work of its kind – Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk's Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Southern and Eastern Africa, published in 1962. The inventory is based on a literature survey, dating from the late nineteenth century to the present. It is augmented by data from Anthony Cunningham's investigation of the medicinal plant trade in KwaZulu-Natal, material gathered in interviews with Zulu and Xhosa healers, and a recent preliminary herbal history survey of hospital patients conducted by Anne Hutchings.

The work includes updated botanical names, synonyms, common English and Afrikaans names, an extensive list of Zulu names, data on the medicinal usage of the plants by the Zulu and other ethnic groups, known physiological effects, chemical compounds and biological properties. Although over 2000 modern references are cited, comparatively few of the plants have yet been fully scientifically investigated. To provide a context where patterns of usage can be easily observed, the plants have been arranged in phylogenetic order, following the generic numbering system used in most South African herbaria. 

Condition: Near Fine

  • Jacket Condition: Near Fine
  • Binding Condition: Near Fine
  • Overall Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 300mm x 215mm x 30mm

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