Story: Plant extracts

Medicinal properties of kōkōmuka (koromiko)

Māori knew that many plants had medicinal properties. Hohepa Kereopa, a tohunga (priest) from the Ngāi Tūhoe tribe, explains how kōkōmuka (koromiko) is useful for curing constipation. Eating the young leaves will bring about more regular bowel movements.

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Nigel Perry, 'Plant extracts - Unique plants and chemicals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2021)

Story by Nigel Perry, published 24 Sep 2007