Letters: Traditional medicine not so primitive

Wednesday November 20, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor

I am from Aitutaki, now living in New Zealand.  My mother, who died some years ago, used to talk to me about a plant that healed bones and skin.


She used natural plant remedies to treat our many and various injuries and illnesses.

She never referred to herself as a healer. She would often say the plants which God created work together with the body to heal itself.

She was hoping in telling me that I would become interested and learn what to her came naturally.  Sadly, I didn’t and now I am trying to make up for lost time and missed opportunities.

I have vague memories of what she used and recall the healing that took place to be a natural occurrence. 

Modern medicine has much to learn from natural medicines as practiced by our cultural healers.  Each culture has amassed knowledge and practice skills for the good health of its people without personal, political or economic advantage.

Thank you for reminding me that we are not so primitive after all. I would love to read more on the Cook Islands medicine.

Tuakeu Pilato

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