Trois-Bassins, Reunion Island (03:22)
Humans inhabited Reunion Island in 1663. Trade increased the population and resulted in a mix of cultures. Bernard Fontanille meets herbal tea makers Daniel and Judith Tibère who are preparing plants for infusions.
Traditional Medicine (03:42)
The Tibères treat many patients with diseases poorly diagnosed by modern doctors. They treat a woman who suffers from heartburn, headaches, and anxiety. Judith feels what the patient feels and Daniel "snatches" her problems.
Herbal Treatments (02:00)
Judith grows many local medicinal herbs; her treatment preparations are secret. Judith finally agrees to let Fontanille watch as long as he is not disruptive.
Herbal Infusion (02:31)
Judith delivers an infusion to a patient at the St. Paul marketplace; he has a weak kidney. Judith's experience and the origin of the herbs reassure the man.
Family Bond (02:56)
Fontanille reflects on Reunion Island culture and questions Judith about family while enjoying a meal on the beach. The knowledge of herbal medicines derives from several sources. The Tibères' family members were also herbalists.
Creole Medicine (03:44)
The first women of the island, The Wives, cared for their families; fertility and perinatal mortality are the main focus of herbalists. Judith treats a child for tambave.
Mount Maïdo (03:08)
Fontanille and Daniel visit the site where slaves once found refuge. Daniel feels nature. He and Fontanille gather yellow flowers for infusions. A Reunionese association registered 16 plants on the French pharmacopoeia list.
Familial Legacy (03:36)
Fontanille and Daniel gather hot mouse from the forest; Fontanille explains hot and cold humors. Daniel's son will take his place when he is too old to work.
Credits: Reunion Island: Creole Herbal Teas—World Medicine (00:30)
Credits: Reunion Island: Creole Herbal Teas—World Medicine
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