What Is Bush Medicine? A Dive Into This Traditional Practice

n my home country of Trinidad and Tobago, traditional medicine — specifically bush medicine — is a time-honored cultural practice. Even with the emergence and dominance of conventional medicine, bush medicine continues to thrive in some communities. 

“Bush medicine” is the colloquial term for traditional plant medicine in the Caribbean region.

Plants with medicinal properties are used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including the common cold, coughs, kidney stones, diabetes, and even cancer.

These plants are often found on uncultivated lands — hence, use of the word “bush” — or are grown in home gardens. In some instances, they are also used to season and flavor food during cooking.

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