Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi
Finally, our traditional iTaukei ‘liga ni wai’ medicine makers can now breathe a sigh of relief after the Government announced it is working through the Ministry of Health to get them recognised.
India, China, Japan, Philippines, Thailand and South Korea, to name a few countries, are world authorities in traditional medicines or alternative medicines. There must be something unique they possess and God-given instinct with their ability to distinguish which herb is applicable to what illness. It’s an amazing feat unmatched when we compare them to modern medicines, which are scientifically proven. Fiji and its neighbouring countries are no exception to the same application and I personally feel that modern medicine have made a mockery and corrupted the human anatomy. Traditional medicine is made from leaves, barks, nuts, fruits, roots, flowers, salt water or with natural spring water. I am of the opinion that these herbs are better absorbed by the body, friendly and are also excellent source of protein and vitamins from nature, but less harmful.
To achieve long life in today’s era with its lifestyle one will need to look to modern medicine, but our age life expectancy keeps dropping. Our ancestors’ life span was more than one hundred years old through the use of traditional medicine, but I know many practicing medical doctors today will disagree with my 50 cents input. How about the combination of both for treatment? Those world renowned authorities on alternative medicines must be roped in to assist our small island nations test the effectiveness of these medicines scientifically and regulate them.