“If it looks like a deformed limb, it can be used to cure a deformed limb”. So says the Doctrine of Signatures, first elaborated by the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides. Sure enough, throughout Africa, the bizarre-looking Octopus Cabbage Tree, Cussonia arborea, has been used to treat leprosy, physical deformities and even, allegedly, amputation. In this […]
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