Story: Rongoā – medicinal use of plants

Mirimiri (massage)

Mirimiri (massage)

Atarangi Muru, with the help of her mokopuna (grandchild), performs mirimiri on a young woman’s back to help soften scar tissue. Describing her work, Atarangi says, ‘We use sticks, stones, branches (soft leaves for tapping – much like the Turks use birch on the body), our rongoā from the bush and the sea as well as our hands, feet and knees.’

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Rhys Jones, 'Rongoā – medicinal use of plants - Rongoā today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 September 2021)

Story by Rhys Jones, published 24 Sep 2007