National
Experts want more research on herbal medicine
Publish Date: Jul 13, 2014
Experts want more research on herbal medicine
A sign post to a herbal clinic
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Gloria Nakajubi

Researchers and scientists have said more research should be carried out on herbal medicine.


According to Professor George Kirya, a microbiologist and Board Chairperson Advocacy for Professionalism in Healthcare, scientists need to dymystify the claims by traditional practitioners and prove whether these concoctions are effective  or not.

“There is no reason why we should not carry out clinical research on the various herbs traditional practitioners claim are effective on the diseases we treat conventionally instead of just rubbishing them,” Kirya noted.

Kirya explained that traditional practitioners have come up with concoctions they claim treat cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes and high blood pressure which continue to prove a challenge to conventional medicine.

Citing the case of China and India where traditional medicine is given priority, Professor John Rwomushana, a pathologist advised that policies should be put in place to highlight indigenous medicine as the primary option other than being considered as an alternative.

“This is the more reason we need guidelines on how these traditional health practitioners operate because this is both a goldmine and a time bomb if not regulated,” he noted.

Claude Kirimuhuzya, the Secretary General Uganda Pharmacological Society argued that herbalists in their current state are not protected from international manufacturers who easily manipulate them.

“We have carried out research on certain concoctions especially on Tuberculosis and some have been found to have varying results with some effective while others non responsive,” Kirimuhuzya said.

He added that scientists need to work closely with traditional practitioners since these have a lot of potential that could greatly contribute towards overcoming the increasing health challenges in the country.

In his remarks, State Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic development expressed the need to prioritise research so as to achieve the country’s development goals.

“We need safer and more efficient strategies for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, T.B, Diabetes, cancer among others,” he said.

Kasaija asked the researchers to desist from taking on projects that have no social impact.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
U.S commends Uganda over Peace Corps program
The United States (U.S) government has commended Uganda for its long-term partnership between U.S Peace Corps and the Ugandan people which has enabled Peace Corps volunteers facilitate...
UBOS: census results for December 2015
The results of August national housing census will be released in December next yaer, Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has announced....
IN the recent past, some members of the public have blamed midwives for mistreatment of patients especially expectant mothers, something that has tainted the image of the midwifery sector...
Regional leaders in Juba for talks on South Sudan
Regional leaders are meeting in Juba for an (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) IGAD Summit on South Sudan....
Access to safe water improving
THE percentage of Ugandans with access to safe and clean water in urban areas has improved over the last one year, the 2014 water and environment sector performance report shows...
Street vending: KCCA arrests buyers, vendors
KAMPALA Capital City Authority (KCCA) has arrested over 20 vendors who were operating their businesses along the City streets. Buyers were also arrested....
Was Oscar Pistorius' 5 year sentence fair and just?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter