Jamaican Folk Medicine

Jamaican Folk Medicine

A Source Of Healing

by Arvilla Payne-Jackson and Mervyn C. Alleyne

240 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00

  • Paperback
  • 9789766401238
  • Published: November 2004



This pioneering work is multi-disciplinary in approach as it examines the rich folk medicine of Jamaica. Payne-Jackson and Alleyne analyse the historical and linguistic aspects of folk medicine, based on their research, which included extensive fieldwork and interviews. They explore the sociological and ethnological dimensions of common healing and health-preserving practices which rely on Jamaica’s rich biodiversity in medicinal and nutritional flora.

As is the case with other aspects of Jamaican traditional culture, Jamaican folk medicine is largely misunderstood and subject to negative pejorative attitudes. This comprehensively study challenges some of the myths and misinformation. Particular attention is paid to cultural transference from Africa and the use of herbs in African-Jamaican religions.

The work has an appendix and a glossary as well as a detailed bibliography.