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Joseph Banks and the continuing influence of European colonisation on Australian herbal practice


Evans, S, Joseph Banks and the continuing influence of European colonisation on Australian herbal practice, Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, 21, (3) pp. 63-65. ISSN 2200-3886 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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The practice of Western herbal medicine in Australia is characterised by a dependence on botanically exotic species rather than those which are native and indigenous to this country. Medicinal herbs were among the plants chosen by botanist Sir Joseph Banks to be transported from England for cultivation in the new Australian colony in 1788. While there are some records of the use of local medicinal plants by early settlers, evidence of this information originating from Indigenous Australians is absent and today very few native or indigenous plants are found in the materia medica used by Western herbalists in Australia. It is argued that the plants herbalists use reflect a connection with Western culture rather than a connection with the Australian landscape or indigenous culture.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:western herbal medicine, Australian history.
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine
Research Field:Naturopathy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Evans, S (Dr Sue Evans)
ID Code:112600
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2016-11-17
Last Modified:2016-12-14

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