Treating Diseases, Both Real and Imagined, With Herbs and a Pinch of Magic

A Kibera herbalist rubs powder from a ground-up vine on the gums of a baby suffering from diarrhea. Photo by Jason Patinkin

Smoke from burning incense fills Mama Avangi’s darkened living room.

“I already knew about you coming here,” she tells me as I sit on her couch. “It had been in a dream.”  Read more…

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