African ethnobotanical medical development
27 Nov 1996 17:24:22 GMT

At least three thousand years ago in the forests of Africa, humankind
discovered the Eboga plant and declared it sacred. The plant contained
an important medication now called Ibogaine.

Today in Europe and the United States Ibogaine is being tested for its
ability to interrupt addiction not only to heroin or cocaine, but also to
Methadone, alcohol and nicotine. Yet, in Central West Africa (Gabon,
Cameron, Zaire and the Congo), Eboga has become widely used in African
religions and as a medicine. The Republic of Gabon is the center of the
Bwiti religion and the Mbiri medical societies each of whom use Ibogaine
containing plants for healing purposes, including psychotherapy.

Eboga is used as an sacrament in the only growing Black African
religion: Bwiti. It takes various forms from the orthodox to the
reformed, but its adherents have been many. The first President of Gabon,
the Honorable Leon Mba was a member of the Bwiti religion and defended it
in French colonial courts. Gabon contained over forty distinct ethnic
groups, isolated from each other by the ever present tropical rain forest.
Yet, it was the Bwiti religion became the unifying force of the Gabonese
independence movement. Dr. Bureau, a noted French researcher stated,
"Gabon is to Africa what Tibet is to Asia, the spiritual center of
religious initiation". to obtain full article or
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