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Samoan Herbal Medicine

Author : W. Arthur Whistler
ISBN : IND:30000053038844
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Two systems of health care exist side by side in Samoa--Samoan medicine and Western medicine. Western medicine is centered in three hospitals--Moto'otua Hospital near Apia, Tuasivi Hospital on Savai'i, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center in American Samoa. There are also a series of rural clinics, especially on Savai'i, that are staffed by district nurses. The doctors (foma'i) at the Western Samoan hospitals have either a Diploma of Medicine from the Fiji School of Medicine or an M.D. from New Zealand or elsewhere, and there are usually a few Pālagi (Western) M.D.s and interns from overseas who work along with them. The doctors in American Samoa are M.D.s from the U.S. or elsewhere, and serve on contract for two or more years. In most of the world, Western medicine has demonstrated its superiority over indigenous medical practices, but this is not the case in Samoa, at least not for all ailments. The first line of defense for many Samoans, particularly for infants, is Samoan medicine. This is not due to isolation, because most districts have a clinic, and the majority of the population is less than an hour's bus or car ride from one of the three hospitals noted above. However, a clinic staffed by a nurse is not the same as a hospital staffed by doctors and medical equipment. Savai'i is particularly weak in this area, since the one hospital is now (1994) being rebuilt, and often there are no more than two doctors for the entire island. The two systems are in direct competition, but there is very little conflict or tension. The doctors may think of the fofō--the traditional healers--as witch doctors, and the fofō may confidently believe that the Western doctors just do not have the power to heal Samoan ailments, but there is little friction. Fofō recognize a dichotomy in ailments, with some classified as Samoan illnesses (ma'i Sāmoa) and others as Western illnesses (ma'i Pālagi). They usually treat only the former type, which they consider indigenous; if the fofō determine that the illness of a prospective patient belongs to the latter type, which is considered to be introduced by Westerners, and they do not have a medicine to treat it, the patient will be directed to a hospital or clinic. Likewise, some Western doctors may send patients to fofō if they believe that the ailment is not readily treatable with Western medicines or is psychological and is best treated by traditional Samoan means. However, referral from doctor to fofō is less common than the reverse. Instead of open friction, there is mutual tolerance and even some cooperation between the two systems. In its village public health programs, the Western Samoan Health Department has sought out village women (women's committee members), some of them being established fofō. The health department representatives--the district nurses living and working in the village--may even believe in Samoan medicine; even if they do not, they may refrain from condemning the practice in order to maintain harmony with their patients and village. The Health Department has even officially recognized some of the fofō, and supplies them with items such as gauze for use in the preparation of Samoan medicine.

Herbal Medicine In Samoa

Author : W. Arthur Whistler
ISBN : STANFORD:36105123565199
Genre : Herbs
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Polynesian Herbal Medicine

Author : W. Arthur Whistler
ISBN : UOM:39015032790050
Genre : Medical
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"The aim of this book is to present a picture of past and present Polynesian medicinal plants. Although several books have been published on herbal medicine in Polynesia, these are either limited in geographic scope (mostly to Hawai'i) or are unscientific in basis. Restricting the study of herbal medicine to a single Polynesian island or archipelago is a disadvantage because the early accounts of medicinal practices are so sketchy. A more comprehensive approach is rewarding because so much can be learned from the similarities among the various Polynesian cultures. A scientific approach is necessary because of the nature of the subject--medicine and plants. "To establish a comprehensive and scientific basis for this book, three types of research were conducted: (1) an extensive review of the literature on Polynesia; (2) interviews with scores of Polynesian healers in Hawai'i, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti. the Cook Islands, and Tokelau; and (3) botanical collecting work in Polynesia over a twenty-year period, involving over forty research trips to the South Pacific." --from the Preface

Traditional Medicine

Author : Steven B. Kayne
ISBN : PSU:000067077663
Genre : Medical
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"The World Health Organization has acknowledged that the majority of people living in developing countries continue to use traditional medicine. Increased levels of immigration and migration also mean that health professionals are more likely to come into contact with patients using them. Traditional Medicine is therefore a vital and timely book which covers medical systems practised on five continents, including: traditional European folk medicine; Aboriginal/traditional medicine in North America; traditional medicine in the Colombian Amazon Tropical forest; traditional medical practice in Africa; traditional Chinese medicine; Indian Ayurvedic medicine; Japanese Kampo medicine; Korean medicine; traditional medicines in the Pacific; and traditional Jewish medicine."--Publisher's description.

Tongan Herbal Medicine

Author : W. A. Whistler
ISBN : 1985674416
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This book is aimed at students, plant conservationists, biodiversity specialists, doctors studying alternative medicine, and anyone who wants to learn about the rich Tongan culture and its herbal medicine heritage. Seventy-seven of the most commonly used medicinal plants in Tonga are described and arranged in alphabetical order by Tongan name.


Author : H. G. A. Hughes
ISBN : STANFORD:36105022349877
Genre : Reference
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This bibliography of works on Samoa seeks to dispel the myth of sunbaked, carefree islands, by directing the reader to resources which discuss its difficult past and current challenges. Provides informative annotations on a wide range of books and articles dealing with all aspects of American Samoa and Western Samoa, including geography, climate, flora and fauna, history, society, language, politics, culture and the arts. Maps and a chronology are included. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

United States Naval Medical Bulletin

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Genre : Medicine
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Journal Appendix

Author : New Zealand. Parliament. House of Representatives
ISBN : UCAL:C2628948
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Phytochemistry Of Plants Used In Traditional Medicine

Author : Phytochemical Society of Europe
ISBN : IND:30000048146454
Genre : Philosophy
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There is an increasing interest in natural plant products as a source of new pharmaceuticals and other biologically-active compounds. This is a timely review of the latest advances and trends in a field which is becoming a commercially significant area of investigation for the pharmaceuticalindustry. The pharmacological and phytochemical aspects of different preparations from vegetable sources is a truly interdisciplinary field and this book includes information on ethnopharmacology, selection, isolation and structure determination of plant-derived natural products. Many examples ofdifferent bioassays (in vitro and in vivo test systems) and pharmacological tests are given, providing the reader with an insight of what is presently possible in the study of bioactive plant material.

A Grammar And Dictionary Of The Samoan Language

Author : George Pratt
ISBN : UCSC:32106001630968
Genre : English language
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American Samoa

Author : United States. Office of Territories
ISBN : UCLA:31158002913209
Genre : American Samoa
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Health And Wellness In The 19th Century

Author : Deborah Brunton
ISBN : 9780313385124
Genre : History
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Medicine in the 19th century may strike us as primitive by today's standards, but widespread social change of the era brought about new ideas and practices in health and healing—all described in this engaging book. • Comprehensively describes the major systems of medical theory around the world • Sets medicine into a wider historical context that shows how all systems responded to urbanization and the global spread of disease • Explores the patient's experience of illness and describes the breadth of the available therapeutic options

Tradition And Economic Progress In Samoa

Author : David C. Pitt
ISBN : UCSC:32106000879905
Genre : New Zealand
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The Great Sacred Forest Of Tane

Author : Alan Clarke
ISBN : UOM:39015077119967
Genre : Botany
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A comprehensvie and unique natural history. The Great Sacred Forest of Tane explains in stunning detail the origin and possible uses of New Zealand's native flora, tracing its evolution back to before early human habitation. As well as a botanical study of a variety of plants - trees, shrubs, ferns, herbs and fungi - it is a fascinating commentary on teh dietary, economic, medicinal and decorative uses of each. This book weaves a compelling story of Maori mythology and genesis, outlining the profound importance the natural environment has played in the progression of Aotearoa's cultural life and custom - and indeed, identity in the world. The result of a life's labour of love, The Great Sacred Forest of Tane will enthrall and capture the mind of anyone interested in New Zealand's primordial past.

Horticulture Art And Science For Life

Author : Canadian Society for Horticultural Science
ISBN : 9066052171
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The Ecology Of Samoa

Author : Anthony C. Robinson
ISBN : UCSD:31822029825668
Genre : Botany
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Plant Talk

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Plants With Antimicrobial Properties Antifungal Properties

Author : D. J. Cousins
ISBN : 0851989578
Genre : Anti-infective agents
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Countries And Their Cultures

Author : Melvin Ember
ISBN : UCSC:32106016720242
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Explores the similarities and differences of over two hundred different cultures, explains how geographic borders define and separate nations, and describes cultural variations in foods, rituals, pastimes, and philosophies.

Journal Of South Pacific Agriculture

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