Endoxyla leucomochla (Witchetty Grub)

Medicinal Uses

Elizabeth Richardson, LifeGames Photography
    Traditional and natural medicines can be found everywhere, and the Australian aboriginies use many different sources for health and healing in their communities.  E. leucomochla not only has nutritional uses but is also used by the Australian aboriginies for its healing properties.  The aboriginies do view their food as medicine and many of these foods are known to strengthen the body against sickness and promote healing (Devanesen, 2000).  The Witchetty Grub is used to treat burns and wounds and is number 6 in the top 10 aboriginal bush medicines (Kamenev, 2011).  It is crushed into a paste, spread over the wound or burn, and covered with a bandage.  This treatment is highly prized for many aboriginies in Central Australia for its soothing purposes (Kamenev, 2011).  So now that you know of the medicinal values of E. leucomochla, let's move on to see this wonderous creatures interactions with other species.