Bush doctors and wild medicine: the scale of trade in Cape Town's informal economy of wild harvested medicine and traditional healing

Petersen, Leif M., Charman, Andrew J. E., Moll, Eugene J., Collins, Ray J. and Hockings, Marc T. (2014) Bush doctors and wild medicine: the scale of trade in Cape Town's informal economy of wild harvested medicine and traditional healing. Society and Natural Resources, 27 3: 315-336. doi:10.1080/08941920.2013.861558


Author Petersen, Leif M.
Charman, Andrew J. E.
Moll, Eugene J.
Collins, Ray J.
Hockings, Marc T.
Title Bush doctors and wild medicine: the scale of trade in Cape Town's informal economy of wild harvested medicine and traditional healing
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-1920
1521-0723
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2013.861558
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 315
End page 336
Total pages 22
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
South Africa's organically emerged cultural business of traditional healing is almost exclusively reliant on wild-harvested resources extracted from wilderness areas or open-access commons. The wild medicine business has been described for much of South Africa, although is little understood in Cape Town, the urban centerpiece of the Cape Floristic Region (CFR). A census of different traditional healer typologies in five typical working-class residential areas (representing ~71,500 residents) was conducted to assess the nature and extent of traditional medicine harvesting and trade. Extrapolating these findings for the city reveals a local industry of more than 15,000 practitioners collectively conducting trade worth US $15.6 million per year. More than 40% of the volume of traditional medicines traded in the city is harvested from the CFR. Future conservation approaches must consider that the business of traditional healing and dispensing wild-harvested medicines is both economically important and culturally entrenched.
Keyword Informal economy
Natural resources
Traditional healers
Wild medicines
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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