Rongoā is traditional Māori medicine. Herbal Remedies were used to cure or alleviate illnesses with New Zealand native plants along with physical techniques and spiritual healing. The Māori people believed that if you got sick it was because of evil spirits, like breaking ‘tapu’ (rules) they would get ill. The ‘Tohunga’ (priest) would use ‘karakia’ (ancient rites) to talk to the ‘mate atua’ (divine in origin) and release the spirits from the ill person.
In conjunction to the spiritual healing herbal remedies (drinks, poultices or lotions), heat, massage, blood-letting, plant sap on wounds and manipulation was also used. Still to this day these techniques are used alongside other medicines. Beautiful identifying photos of many N.Z plants such kawakawa, harakeke(flax), kōwhai, mānuka are used in this book to treat such things as asthma, bruising, skin complaints, rheumatism, influenza etc.