Chinese Medicine in East Africa: An Intimacy with Strangers

Chinese Medicine in Africa: An Intimacy with Strangers by Elisabeth Hsu
Based on fieldwork conducted between 2001-2008 in urban East Africa, this book explores who the patients, practitioners and paraprofessionals doing Chinese medicine were in this early period of renewed China-Africa relations. Rather than taking recourse to the ‘placebo effect’, the author explains through the spatialities and materialities of the medical procedures provided why -  apart from purchasing the Chinese antimalarial called Artemisinin -  locals would try out their ‘alternatively modern’ formulas for treating a wide range of post-colonial disorders and seek their sexual enhancement medicines.
Epistemologies of Healing Volume 20. Berghahn Books 2022.