Tra­di­tional medicine

Tukai Lag­o­ni­lakeba, Nadi

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

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.

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