South African Yams Are a Miracle Drug. Can They Be Saved?
The National Interest -

William Beinart

Politics, Africa

Big Pharma versus the 'Elephant's Foot'

It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United Kingdom that led us on a journey to South Africa to visit muthi markets, archives, herbariums and nature reserves.

We spoke with traders, healers, scholars and conservationists to learn more about Dioscorea sylvatica.

Dioscorea is a wild yam. Its name in different languages connects to its appearance – its rough skin resembles a tortoise shell. It’s known as ‘Elephant’s...

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