This newly revised and updated edition of Medicinal Plants of East Africa (originally self-published) remains the only photographically illustrated guide to the most important healing plants of the region. The book describes 136 plant species in everyday use in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Brief descriptions of each species cover that plant’s appearance, ecology and specific medicinal uses. To aid identification, more than 600 colour photographs have been included. Also included are recipes for remedies to treat a wide range of ailments. An easy-to-understand summary of the science behind the treatments concludes each section.

Supplementary features:

• Introduction to the medicinal virtues and active ingredients of plants

• Common methods of preparing medicines from plant materials

• Summary of ailments and the plants prescribed to treat them

• Glossaries of medical and botanical terminology and extensive reference lists.

Around 900 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still depend entirely on traditional herbal remedies.  Medicinal Plants of East Africa will appeal to ethnobotanists, health and wellness practitioners, travellers and all with an interest in the remarkable healing properties of plants.

Ethnobotanist Dr Najma Dharani lectures in Environmental Sciences at Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is the author and photographer of a range of titles including Field Guide to Common Trees and Shrubs of East Africa and Field Guide to Acacias of East Africa.

Dr Abiy Yenesew is Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. His primary work concerns the biological activities of medicinal plants. He is also a programme officer with the Natural Product Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA).

This book can be purchase directly at any major outlet.


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