Story: Rongoā – medicinal use of plants



Karamū was used by tohunga for healing. A wand made from a karamū branch was used to touch an invalid. It was then taken to a tohunga ahurewa (priestly expert) who would diagnose the illness.

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Rhys Jones, 'Rongoā – medicinal use of plants - Supernatural and human illnesses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Rhys Jones, published 24 Sep 2007