Indigenous Snake Bite Remedies of the Luo of Western Kenya
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Medicinal plants have been overtaken in the treatment of snake bites by serum therapy and are rarely considered efﬁcacious remedies in biomedicine. Nevertheless, rural inhabitants rely on plant medical material and the attention of highly regarded local traditional healers when threatened by snakebite poisoning. This paper examines curative and preventive snakebite treatments, beliefs and practices collected from 100 Luo respondents. The informants reported the use of a number of herbal and non-herbal remedies including mystical therapies and 24 herbaceous plants whose aerial parts are preferred. Treatments involve cut, suck, and bind methods followed by application of plant leaf and root poultices held in place with strips of cloth or bark
CitationJournal of Ethnobiology, 25(1):129-141. 2005.
Society of EthnobiologyCatholic University of Eastern AfricaUniversity of Nairobi, Kenya