Mathew Masinge, H-Metro Reporter
Traditional Medicines Practitioners Council (TMPC) say they will continue lobbying government for assistance in their plight to have local medicinal plants adopted as remedies in local hospitals.
In a recent development, the council has engaged some of its members in accepting modern apparatus to transform traditional medicines into globally approved standards.
In an interview with H-Metro, Dr Cephas Msipa Jnr a member of the council said their hope was still to find each other with local medical practitioners.
“We are appealing to government to extend funding to the traditional medicine practitioners council for us to improve on service delivery.
“The organisation and the country is losing a lot of money due to the fact that our local medicines that are evidence based have not been adopted as local remedies to help patients at our hospitals.
“Since its inception our organization has been working on service delivery hence there is need to improve on and implore new technology apparatus to meet internationally proven standards,” said Dr Msipa Jnr.
The traditionalist also said new systematic approach will bridge the gap between traditional medicines and contributing to the national fiscus.
“We have to admit that unless we bring in more science to our industry as traditional medical practitioners we have no chance to make it into local hospital.
“Unless these traditional medicines are well researched and medically proven and be prescribed to a patient in a local hospital, then our industry is far from taking off.
“Government has already endorsed our existence and we are appealing for more help to enhance the modern systematic approach and meet local demands to cure known diseases,” he said.
However, he claimed they are a few traditionalists who believe the modern way is against their will.
“In our plight we are also facing resistance from a few ultra-traditionalists who are clinging to the idea that their knowledge of the medicines passed from generations must not be tampered with.
“They believe that including modern apparatus will upset their ancestors and medicines face extinction,” he said.
Another partner, Dr Gilbert Chahwanda added that traditional medicines have a huge role to play in the fight against pandemics.
“We are currently faced with a novel virus and as traditional medical practitioners we are calling for engagement to have some of our locally available remedies tried and tested to uncover the cure.
“We are praying to meet halfway with medical practitioners and have one voice to cure some of the most pressing diseases including cancer and diabetes among others,” said Dr Chahwanda.
According to a research done in South Africa, locally available Baobab fruit (Mawuyu) is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates, and phosphorus and a yellowish creamy drink is prepared its pulp.
The drink is believed to have cure for fevers, diarrhoea and haemoptysis whilst in West Africa the leaves and bark is used for curing urinary disorders.
Again, the Lannea edulis (Mutsambatsi) whose roots and leaves are used to treat sore eyes, diarrhoea and sterility.