|Traditional Medicinal Plants
The Sukutan area, located on the northern boundary of Segera, is renowned for the medicinal purposes of its indigenous plants and the knowledge of the local community in their use. The preservation of traditional herbal medicine incorporates the four main pillars – the 4C’s – behind the Zeitz Foundation philosophy. The local knowledge and use of herbal medicine is a fundamental part of the traditional culture and has immense significance for the Sukutan community.
To secure the survival of plants with medicinal purposes, conservation of the natural habitat is critical. The importance of herbal medicine illustrates the necessity of promoting sustainable commerce to achieve habitat protection, and thereby save lives.
Information on the uses of traditional medicinal plants is drawn exclusively from the knowledge that Mama Mboikai - local Maasai midwife and herbal medicine practitioner - has generously shared with us, includes insights into just a few of the most commonly used medicinal plants in Sukutan and into the life of Mama Mboikai and others in her community.
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