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Review on herbal remedies used by the 1860 South African Indian settlers

KK Naidoo
RM Coopoosamy


With the current advancement in indigenous knowledge systems in South Africa, traditional remedies are becoming more recognised. The use of these miracle plants has drawn attention to their origins. The 1820 settlers have together with their belongings brought across a wealth of plants which were
used at the time when access to medical practitioners were limited or absent. The use of these plants needs to be noted. In line with the 150 year  commemoration of the 1820 settlers, this paper reviews some of the ayurvedic plants being currently utilized and which were brought  to South Africa along with the settlers.

Key words: Ayurveda, Ocimum tenuiflorum, Tulsi, Moringa oleifera, Melia azederach, Murraya koenigii.