Mondia whitei - A South African Medicinal Plant Profile
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Mondia whitei Of South Africa
If you've browsed this website then you understand by now the science behind natural medicine. Plants create pharmacological chemicals. Phytochemistry is a branch of chemistry that studies these psychoactive and medicinal constituents created by nature. Mondia whitei of South Africa too, creates medicinal alkaloids. If you want to know more about the scientific research behind this plant, check out the sources and resources at the bottom of the page.
Mondia whitei ( or Modondo ) demonstrates antacid properties, which makes it useful for treating indigestion. It also has galactagogue, tonic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, and anti-stress inducing properties. The roots are used as an aphrodisiac and it shows promise in treating erectile dysfunction, and impotence.
A medicine can be prepared several ways. When dealing with roots and barks, a decoction is made by boiling them for about 30 minutes. When using leaves, stems, and flowers, either a tincture or tea can be used. Use only high proof liquor for tincture production, being at least 75% alcohol.
This ethnobotanical has many, many names. The English typically refer to it as White's ginger, or "tonic root". In Angola ( Angola is a southern African nation ), it's called Mudondo. The Zulu ( as mentioned on botanical guides quite a bit ) call it Mindi. There are sooo many more names that this little known plant is referred to as.
It's very easy to cultivate from seed. It's better to sow them right after they are harvested, but either way its fine. Use some natural insecticide to prevent attacks by critters. Sow after the first frost. Use peat-moss or vermiculite in your soil mixture. They take 3-6 weeks to germinate. They don't like a lot of wind and sun in the early stages of growth. Treat them as if they were your own child and they will thrive.
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Africa - A Land Of Ethnobotany
Mondia whitei is one of many sacred ethnobotanicals sourced from Africa. Specifically, this strain is obtained from the Southern regions of this continent. It's very interesting how most ( it seems ) of the worlds entheogenic and medicinal plants originate from there. I have a couple of theories on this. Maybe the culture there has a more intuitive and historic connection with nature than the rest of the world. Or we can think about the theory of Pangaea ( that all continents fit together ). If this is the
case, most of the worlds plants were concentrated in this one area, where they were then spread to other lands that slowly drifted away from what we now call Africa.
At any rate, I definitely believe that the western world has a lot to learn from these cultures. Here we see wild plants mostly as "weeds". Instead, we need to rediscover our connection with the planet. Without plants, animals, and the rest of creation on earth and even the entire cosmos, we could not survive. I think we owe it to the universe to display the utter most appreciation and care for ourselves, our environment, and our future.
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