Manuia Samoa: SAMOAN HERBAL MEDICINE

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the health of Ancient Samoans was generally very good. Because of their geographic isolation from the rest of the world, infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough were entirely absent. Also noticeably absent were other infectious diseases like smallpox, cholera, typhoid fever, venereal diseases, tuberculosis, influenza and possibly even the common cold. European mariners and explorers constantly remarked that “at times, Samoans affected cures under the most unlikely circumstances. From their vegetable diet as well as their constant seabathing,their flesh seemed to heal more rapidly than that of others, so that they often survived ailments that would have proved fatal to Europeans. Bullet wounds, severe contusions, and broken limbs seemed to trouble them but little… (Stair, 1897).” Missionaries noted that the treatment of wounds and skin ailments in Samoa was more advanced than it was in Europe, where it was almost always fatal. This is principally because of the unparalleled hygiene practiced by the Samoans.

An Elder Woman (Healer) attending to a patient.

 

Medicinal Plants

In addition to their health-conscious lifestyle, herbal remedies in Samoa are, and always have been, second-to-none. Although too innumerable to name, this article will illustrate a few of the most common and best-known medicinal plants in Samoa; as well as their miraculous healing properties. When one thinks of Polynesian herbs, it often conjures up thoughts of Kava Kava (Piper methysticum): A ceremonial drink with psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties. It is mildly-paralyzing and produces a euphoric but clear-minded state. It has been, and is still in use in many Oceanic cultures, and it is rapidly gaining popularity among Westerners. Currently, it is being imported into Europe to develop commercial medicines; Kava is even prescribed by doctors across the United States for generalized anxiety disorder. However, it is principally-used in Polynesia for enhanced sociability, as an analgesic (painkiller), for the treatment of stomachaches and urinary tract infections.

Skin and Eye Infections

As a first-aid remedy for superficial cuts and wounds, the sap of the Fu’afu’a (Kleinhovia hospita) bark is commonly applied to the affected area to inhibit bleeding. It is also a good remedy for eye infections. The same results are usually sought from the application of Fue Saina (Mikania micrantha). Also, the Futu (Baringtonia asiatica) seed is infused and applied to skin sores, which then disappear shortly thereafter. Gatae (Erythrina variegata) juice extracted from its petiole is often dripped into infected eyes and sties, as well as applied as a plaster to reduce swelling. The Lau’auta (Phymatosorus scolopendria) is one of the most widely used of all Samoan medicinal plants. The infusion of the scraped rhizome and/or crushed leaves is taken as a potion for treating various kinds of inflammation. Similar uses are applied to the skin for treating infected, hard-to-cure wounds.

Other inflammatory disorders are cured by the Lau Ti (Cordyline fruticosa) leaves; which are very commonly used by both healers and lay people by dipping them in water and massaging out various kinds of inflammation, headaches and other body aches. Nonu (Morinda citrifolia) is the most widely-used plant in Polynesia that has a similar, but more extensive use.

Internal & Psychological Problems

La’au Fai Lafa (Fabaceae or Leguminosae) is a purgative, causing the body to purge itself of waste. This treatment is useful in treating intestinal worms. It has long since been known to Western medicine for curing ringworm and other parasitic infections. In fact, it was even given the nickname “ringworm bush.” It is also reputed to be a very effective abortfacient (abortion-inducing agent). Another interesting species is the Mamala (Omalanthus nutans); which Samoan healers use to treat hepatitis. In recent years, Samoan Healers have sent their mixtures to the National Cancer Institute, which isolated prostratin: An experimental but promising anti-HIV Compound. Another herb of distinction is the Lau Papata (Macaranga harveyana), which is taken as a potion for treating digestive tract disorders, intestinal worms and urinary tract problems, acting as a purgative. Also, the intriguing Fisoa leaves (Colubrina asiatica), when infused with water have yielded positive results for centuries

Conclusion

This is by no means a complete list of Samoan herbal medicines; it is only the tip of the iceberg. There are innumerable species of flora that have yet to be discovered and studied scientifically. Even so, the Samoan pharmacopoeia was developed to such a degree that even after long competition with Western medicine it is still the system of choice for many Samoans. In direct contrast to Western allopathic medicine, it is the ultimate aim to determine the root cause of the illness; not simply treating the symptoms of it. The various species of indigenous and imported flora have been used for centuries to treat and successfully cure disease. The perfect balance of Samoan climate and fertile land facilitate the adequate cultivation of valuable, life-saving natural medicines. Traditional Samoan remedies largely trump the medical paradigm of more developed nations. Because they are not engineered in a laboratory from synthetically-concocted chemicals, Samoan herbal medicines work in synergy with the body’s natural healing process without the unintended side-effects of pharmaceuticals. Western medicine tends to discredit the native medical systems it has largely replaced; but there is great wisdom from centuries of experimentation in most native medical practices. When it is all said and done, Samoan medicine only values results, not philosophy. Because of this, the results have been immense.

Written by Alyxzander X. Solomon Published Nation19 Magazine / APDTA® (Survival Issue #4) ©2017

Why every Rapper should observe Ramadan

A celebrity customer called us and wanted to buy the new Pillars Tee but was kinda worried about rocking it because he wasn’t a Muslim. We explained that although the shirt is made for people observing Ramadan, the significance can be practiced by anyone with a little discipline.

Here is how everyone, even Rappers can observe Ramadan, still stay fresh, and not be Muslim…..of course if you are not Muslim already. lol


Ramadan starts this month on June 17th and will continue for 30 days until or around Friday, the 17th of July.

Faith: Belief in God or a Supreme Being is at the center of all beliefs both ancient and modern. God may go by different names (Allah, Elohim, Jehovah, Tagaloa) but no person should be praised but the Lord of the Universe. So, not praising your favorite sports figure could wait for a month…lol


Prayer
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Prayer:
Since you can’t text God (unless you have Rakim’s cell phone) you must learn to communicate with The Creator. The more you you communicate the better the relationship gets. Muslims perform five prayers a day. Each prayer does not take more than a few minutes to perform. The real science of prayer in all religions is a direct link between the individual and God. During Ramadan you will be praying with Billions of Muslims, Christians, and Hebrews together.


Charity
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Charity:
 For 30 days lets try being charitable to the people who might be buying your next single. It’s not about giving money away but you can give a little bit of your time. Volunteer at a shelter or helping children. Remember all things belong to God, and wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The original meaning of the word Charity in Arabic is zakat which means both ‘purification’ and ‘growth.’


Fasting
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Fasting:
Its not just about abstaining from food, drink, sexual and relations during the sunlight hours, but also avoiding lewd TV programs, lewd movies, music with cursing, fighting, and arguing during this time. If that is too hard and your’e just not “bout that life” try going vegetarian and avoiding anything that is toxic to your body and not uplifting your mind. The goal is to be discipline and to grow.

During Ramadan Muslims fast (no eating or drinking) from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations, yes…really. Facts: Fasting is the best way to cure most sickness, repair vital organs, and is beneficial to health. 


Pilgrimage
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Pilgrimage:
Knowledge of Self is the key to life. During this time pick up a book or magazine about your culture or history and become an expert. If you can, talk to an elder in your family and gain a better perspective about your family history and the ancestors who paved a way for you to be here.


Write about your experience: After showing a little discipline with food, giving charity, studying yourself, no cursing, and avoiding arguments and fights, you may be at a creative high! Put your thoughts in a verse and send it to us (get[at]nation19dotcom) in July and we may pay you to use it in our next film or commercial! … if its dope lol

Also get some dopeness from our store while supplies last. Click Here

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Burger King’s animal cruelty and another reason to go vegetarian. Food for thought

Burger King’s animal cruelty and another reason to go vegetarian. Food for thought

Back in February we published and article containing a phone interview between James Wickstrom and Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein, and why you should stop eating ground beef from McDonalds. After the post went live we received thousands of views but after a couple days our site was hacked and it cost us thousands of dollars to regain control of our server and rebuild the files. Well we are back with another video exposing the horrors of Burger King and its alleged animal cruelty practices. You can watch the video below. But before you watch think about the thoughts these animals had…the fear… and now imagine eating those last emotions while enjoying the next BK Broiler or Whopper.

Thoughts are Things: A look at the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto and the food we eat.

The magical aroma in my kitchen daily is no joke. Put good vibrations and love into all the meals (food) that you prepare for both yourself and your loved ones. Never prepare nor eat food when you are angry or upset. Food absorbs your energy and frequency. Only put love, positive vibrations and healing energy into your meals. Beware and mindful of who’s food and cooking you eat as well, as their energy is transferred into the food they prepare. My grandmother used to say, ‘You can’t eat everybody’s cooking’. This always stayed with me as deep truth. Our elder’s may have sounded a bit funny or even superstitious to us at times, but they hold much ancient wisdom passed down through the generations. May we continue to carry, honor, share and hold ancient and scared wisdom dear and near to our hearts. Research has shown that the power and affect of the spoken word over food and water is real and not just some superstition. Dr. Masaru Emoto’s is a pioneer in this area of research. For more information on his profound work, experiments and popular research cases, browse and google Dr. Masaru Emoto. You can check out the ‘Masaru Rice Experiment Video’ on Youtube. Dr. Emoto’s research is also featured in the film ‘What The Bleep Do We Know’. Home cooked meals are pure magic and medicine for the mind, body and soul when done with love, pure intentions and positive vibrations infused in them! A great movie that truly embodies this in it’s story line is the movie ‘Like Water For Chocolate’. Good healthy food and positive vibrations to all! [Lalah LovebBliss]

Watch Chef Jamie Oliver break down what is really in your Hamburger meat. McDonald’s tried to suppress this video.

Jamie Oliver breaks down Hamburger meat…McDonalds tried to supress this video.

On the Season Premiere of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution filmed in Los Angeles Chef Jamie demonstrates how 70% of America’s ground beef (Hamburger) contains pink slime containing e.coli and salmonella that has been treated with ammonia. Ammonia treated meat can be found in virtually all conventional grocery stores, fast food restaurants, many national restaurant chains, and school cafeterias. The saddest part is that the USDA allows this ammonia treated meat to enter the marketplace and with no labeling requirement on the packaging to inform the consumer that the meat their about to buy contains ammonia, thus hiding the truth and pulling a wool over the consumer’s eye. This is certainly a rude awakening to the majority of Americans that don’t know where the meat in their fridge, the meat in their conventional local grocery store, the meat in their fast food hamburger, and the meat in their restaurant made hamburger comes from.
Solution: Stop Eating meat.
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Debris House in Phoenix: A sign of unity and love. APDTA

A few weeks ago we were compelled to help with a very humble project with the potential to bring about great change in the city Phoenix area. The project is called The Debris House. It is a home for homeless men in Phoenix. Basically the two directors work by driving taxis and extra jobs to help pay the rent, buy clothes, food, and toiletries for new men coming from off the streets into this clean environment. After we toured the houses Nation19 / APDTA agreed to help by producing this video to get the word out (see below). If you would like to support The Debris House please send check, money order and clean clothes, blankets etc to:

Debris House
3732 West Lincoln
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Contact us at:
thedebrishouse@gmail.com
(602) 544.6239

 

Facts:
According to the U.S. Census, Arizona’s population has grown to 6,482,505 and one in every 230 Arizonans experienced homelessness. Single adults account for 80 percent of the adult homeless population and the great majority (70 percent) are male.
According to the U.S. Census, Arizona’s population has grown to 6,482,505 and one in every 230 Arizonans experienced homelessness.

Single adults account for 80 percent of the adult homeless population and the great majority (70 percent) are male.

White Supremacist James Wickstrom Interviews Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein, and why you should stop eating ground beef. Pure Evil.

Is this real? You be the Judge. After listening to this interview you may want to be a vegetarian or Vegan just to be safe. Pure evil. Share, Post, Comment. A Nation19 EXCLUSIVE!

The part that absolutely had us like WTF starts at 39:00