General Article Traditional African medicine and conventional drugs: friends or enemies?

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Herbs, roots and plants can have health benefits. But they can also interact negatively with Western medicines. Michel Piccaya/Shutterstock

Chrisna Gouws, North-West University

Africa is home to an extensive and diverse medicinal plant life. This includes commonly used herbs like Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), Buchu (Agathosma betulina), Cape Aloe (Aloe ferox) and Hoodia (Hoodia gordonii).

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