SpringerBriefs in Plant Science

Q’eqchi’ Maya Reproductive Ethnomedicine

Authors: De Gezelle, Jillian

  • First scholarly book on medicinal plants of Belize
  • First book on traditional women’s healing practices of Belize
  • Reproductive health and fertility utilizing 60 plant species
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About this book

​The Q’eqchi’ Maya of Belize have an extensive pharmacopoeia of medicinal plants used traditionally for reproductive health and fertility, utilizing more than 60 plant species for these health treatments. Ten species were selected for investigation of their estrogenic activity using a reporter gene assay. Nine of the species were estrogenic, four of the species were also antiestrogenic, and two of the extracts were cytotoxic to the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line. Women’s healing traditions are being lost in the Q’eqchi’ communities of Belize at an accelerated rate, due to a combination of factors including: migration from Guatemala disrupting traditional lines of knowledge transmission; perceived disapproval by biomedical authorities; women’s limited mobility due to domestic obligations; and lack of confidence stemming from the devaluation of women’s knowledge. Q’eqchi’ medicinal plant knowledge is highly gendered with women and men using different species in traditional health treatments. Revitalizing women’s healing practices is vital for maintaining the traditional knowledge needed to provide comprehensive healthcare for Belize’s indigenous communities.

About the authors

Jillian De Gezelle, PhD

Teaching Assistant Professor

Department of Plant & Microbial Biology

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC, USA

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    De Gezelle, Jillian

    Pages 1-25

  • Traditional Q’eqchi’ Maya Reproductive Ethnomedicine

    De Gezelle, Jillian

    Pages 27-70

  • Use of Phytoestrogens in Q’eqchi’ Maya Ethnomedicine

    De Gezelle, Jillian

    Pages 71-86

  • Q’eqchi’ Women’s Lives, Healthcare and Cultural Loss

    De Gezelle, Jillian

    Pages 87-111

  • Conclusions

    De Gezelle, Jillian

    Pages 113-122

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-10744-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-10743-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Q’eqchi’ Maya Reproductive Ethnomedicine
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Plant Science
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-10744-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-10744-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-10743-1
Series ISSN
2192-1229
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 125
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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