Tribal Remedy Plundered
L1news Daily Express, Micro Edition 12 November 2000
Tribal remedy plundered FROM JANE FLANAGAN IN BONGOLETHU, SOUTH AFRICA
ONE of Africa’s oldest tribes who discovered “Nature’s Prozac” thousands of years ago is set to lose out on a multi-million pound deal to market the remedy worldwide.
Sceletium, a rare creeper which grows only in the Cape region of South Africa and is known locally as Kanna, has been used by the Khoisan tribe since prehistoric times.
Scientists have spent years unlocking the plant’s secrets. The patent rights to develop it as a natural alternative to the anti-depressant drug Prozac are now on the market.
Kanna is described as ideal “for use in the treatment of depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug dependence, bulimia and compulsive disorders”.
A doctor at Pharma Natura, the Johannesburg-based drugs company which is selling the patent rights, predicted: “It will one day be like aspirin -everyone will take it.” Tribal leaders are resentful that they will not profit from the commercial development of their ancestors’ discovery.
Solomon Mahlaba, chairman of a traditional healers’ committee set up to advise the South African government on the use of indigenous plants, said: “We have passed on our knowledge, but we receive nothing in return. It is another example of the way indigenous people continue to be exploited.” Although legislation is being considered that will give tribes the right to reimbursement in exchange for their expertise, any sharing of profits is discretionary.
Further Kanna Reading
- Kanna’s Effects – A Subjective Report
- Empathogenic Effects – of Sceletium tortuosum
- Cultivation – Growing this beautiful succulent
- Khoisan – the South African Tribe who discovered this plant
- Kougued – Another name for Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna)
- Medical Potentials – From a Research Company
- Meditation & Kanna – A Personal Story
- Mesembrine – An isolated alkaloid
- Plundered – How the Khoisan Stand to Lose Everything!
- Psychoactive Properties of Kanna – The Definitive Work