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J Ethnopharmacol. 1987 Dec; 21(3): 279-95.

Medicine and magic among the Maka Indians of the Paraguayan Chaco.

Arenas P.

Centro de Estudios Farmacológicos y de Principios Naturales, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Maká Indians are an ethnic group of hunters and gatherers of the Paraguayan Chaco. In order to heal illnesses and counteract different kinds of evil, they practice shamanism, magic and the use of medicines of vegetal and animal origin. A general review of the history, magic and medicine in this culture is undertaken. A list of the components of their pharmacopoeia, with details of their use and particular indications is presented.

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