Here is a post on the medicinal plants that we learned about at the
Universidade Católica de Moçambique. Braund Mechendura took us on
a tour of the medicinal plants garden and explained that up until recently,
these plants were processed in the garden lab to make topical creams,
teas and food supplements to treat conditions from malnutrition to anxiety
in the local population. The garden was also used to teach medical and
pharmacy students as well as build credibility for Western medicine in
a population that traditionally entrusts its health to local curandeiros.
For the past few years, the garden lost its funding, but Mr. Mechendura
stays hopeful that the lab will resume its operation soon.
Following are some of the plants that we learned about from Mr. Mechendura.
If you are planning to use the plants for yourself or your patients, please
consult an expert in this field as some plants can be harmful or even deadly.