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Healing Properties of Botanicas Revealed

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Hilary MacGregor of the Los Angeles Times reports on a roundtable discussion at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History, organized in conjunction with exhibit "Botánica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in the City of Angels," which closes March 6th. The exhibit focuses on the artistic, religious and cultural aspects of botanicas.Patrick Polk, a visiting professor at UCLA who has studied botanicas for more than a decade, believes there are more here in Southern California than anywhere else in the country, with much of the growth coming since the early 1990s.

As botanicas have become a more common sight, health officials, researchers and the general public have shown increased interest in this cultural phenomenon.