Wednesday, November 29 2006 @ 03:45 PM MSK
|Pharmacy normally sells modern medicines like chemically processed, sold in bottles and blister packs. In Mali, Bourama Soumaoro, a doctor was selling medicines that are home-made. The medicines are usually made up of ground-up local herbs. The ingredients and mixtures of his medicines were based from knowledge and are now passed on from generation to generation. |
The doctor is quoted saying, "the story of modern medicine is foreign to our culture."
He further enunciated that it is called a traditional medicine. In their culture, people believe that plants are capable of healing and curing ailments and illnesses. A good example of this is Malaria.
"Malaria is one of the most common illnesses in Mali; and modern medicine has so far proved to be ineffective," said Soumaoro. "Traditional medicine at least finds solutions to relieve the symptoms."
Based on a WHO report, it is estimatesd that about 80% of Africans simply rely on traditional medicine since birth. For every 25,000 people, only one conventional doctor practices traditional medicine in every 200 in some areas. Moreover, a region called Mali Sikasso, is said to be the only place in the country to possess an anti-venom powder that counteract venom and treat snake bites as well, an example which Mali's Association of Traditional Healers says is recognised by medical doctors.