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Traditional and Herbal Medicine in the Cook Islands by W. Arthur Whistler (1985) describes the research he carried out on the practice of “Maori medicine” in the Cook Islands alongside native healers who used a variety of herbal medicines and traditional practices to treat many of the common ailments affecting their people. The book provides a historical review and some methods used to prepare and administer herbal medicines.  Included is also a list of the 49 plants most commonly used in native cures, with information on how often and for what they are used.  Traditional and Herbal Medicine in the Cook Islands. Available from: [accessed Aug 31, 2017].

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