Healing tradition freely given

Friday January 12, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Mauke healer Ngapoko Marsters holds fern stems she uses for injury, while her granddaughter Taina Marsters holds Puaekao which is used for haemorrhage. Ngapoko had a stall at the Lokal magazine launch last week. 18010802 Mauke healer Ngapoko Marsters holds fern stems she uses for injury, while her granddaughter Taina Marsters holds Puaekao which is used for haemorrhage. Ngapoko had a stall at the Lokal magazine launch last week. 18010802

Ngapoko Marsters administers traditional medicine for almost every health condition that comes her way on Mauke.

 

“If they want the help, I can give it”, she says.

Ngapoko’s healing practice comes from a long family line of Tahitians on her mother’s side. “But it’s all just plant medicine; things we have here.”

Ngapoko uses local plants to treat people and her service is free.

“I don’t charge anything because God gave us all these plants to eat and to use for medicine, and I just give it back out where it’s needed.

“And I give the knowledge away too. It came to me for free and I give it for free. That’s my service.

“On Mauke I teach and share with whoever wants to know about it,” says Ngapoko.

The fern stems, pictured, “are good for the bones, for mending and for clearing the blood from the body after an injury, so that the body has a better chance to heal”.

She says she uses a lot of wild ginger: “It eases pain and is good for labour pains.”

While traditional plant medicine will cover most conditions, she says the most common complaint on the island is diabetes and hypertension.

“Those are new complaints and there are too many of them.”

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