herbal medicine

Open letter to Dr Mujajati (Zambia Medical Association President)

Herbal and traditional medicine

With reference to the aforementioned, I would like to enquire about the Medical Associations standing on Herbal remedies being sold around some townships.

I write to you to enquire if the Medical Association, working with the Pharmaceutical association, has taken any steps in testing the acclaimed healing powers of herbal medicine being sold around many areas, including my constituency, Munali.

Many herbal remedies like, 7 wonders, morringa, lemon crystal, processed charcoal and so on are prescribed around street corners and are claimed to cure complicated medical conditions.

I want to push in a formal request, for the Association of medical professionals to investigate the herbal remedies, to firstly safe guard the welfare of citizens and secondly, if the remedies are indeed as effective as they are claimed to be, we can start working on creating a platform to empower our youths, in munali, and other parts of the country to produce and package the medicine for commercial use.

A locally produced drug would create alot of empowerment for our citizens and essentially better the lives of many zambians.

Your consideration would greatly be appreciated.

Eng. Niza Phiri B.Eng, MIEZ

Munali Aspiring MP

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Without speaking for ZMA, I think their ambity is in conventional medicine.
    I think the first thing we need to do is to establish the legalities surrounding the practice of herbal/traditional medicine. One ‘Dr’ Vongo has been against the non regulation of this practice, but then with sangomas in Nkwazi house, very little has come out of this.

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  2. Ba Injiniya. He does not know the difference between ZMA and Health Professions Council!
    ZMA does not regulate medicnes.

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  3. The way I see it, these people get kick backs from the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture the conventional drugs i.e. ARVs; such that they would rather not promote the natural remedies at the expense of ukulyano no kuswamo. Otherwise, most ov these herbal concoctions are extremely potent and effective if not better with minor or no adverse effects, Thanks.

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