An Afro-Diasporic View of Holistic Herbalism with Olatokunboh Obasi
5701 Marinelli Rd
Rockville, MD 20852
Africans have the oldest plant medicine and healing art practices recorded in the written word and predominantly passed down through oral traditions generation to generation. Today, many descendants from Africa living in the diaspora have preserved knowledge and healing wisdom that has contributed to Western Herbalism and mainstream medicine alike. Similar to the mainlands of Africa, these herbal traditions have been transferred through oral traditions and reserved within family lineages. It is of great importance and sternly stressed that plant medicines are delivered with art and science in mind. These components of life within plant medicine cannot be divided. Moreover, plant medicine and healing arts are hardly separated. They are a married dynamic optimizing greater outcomes of spiritual and physical health. This discussion seeks to impart multiple plant medicines commonly used in the Caribbean via West and East African traditions and to fully discuss, define and emphasize some of the important aspects of art and science from an African perspective. We touch on the importance of storytelling, mindset around preparations, spirituality and how quantum science can create dialogue and forum to explain spiritual experiences.