36 minutes | Sep 26th 2020

Healing Plants

Season 1, Episode 2 Healing Plants Use headphones for immersive audio   We know plants are healers, of course. But they’re also so much more. They have shaped our history. Just a few centuries ago, they drove exploration, started wars, transformed economies. Today, they are the bedrock of big pharma and traditional medicine empires. We can’t fault the modern life-saving drugs that Western medicine has given us. But we wonder if something effervescent doesn’t get lost when plants become pills? Perhaps the traditional and holistic healing framework that medicinal plants once belonged to? Time Markers (mins: sec) 0:28 – Murder on the Karakoram Pass 6:00 – Overview of the episode 7:34 – Chapter 1: Plants as healers 12:00 – Chapter 2: Plants as drivers of Empire 19:00 – The story of healer Itty Achuden 22:23 – Chapter 3: Plants as commodities 23:40 – A visit to a Madras bazaar with a British surgeon 29:16 – Chapter 4: Agents of conquest Guests Pratik Chakrabarti Annamma Spudich Dominik Wujastyk Ines Županov Resources Transcript References Share Episode Twitter Facebook WhatsApp  Sign up for updates   EMAIL Chatroom Episodes Chatroom 7: An Ancient Pandemic Story Dec 2, 2020A Sanskrit scholar narrates a tale from one of the oldest Ayurvedic texts, Charaka-samhita, that has surprising resonance with our current lives Chatroom 5: Ayurveda & Science Nov 4, 2020Can the great divide between traditional and allopathic medicines ever be bridged? 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