Court battle

Kgomotso Moreina, Khayelitsha

Traditional healers and traditional pharmacies must run to court to stop the pharmaceutical industry from selling umhlonyane (wormwood).

It can’t happen that you are not allowed to sell an indigenous plants but pharmacies are allowed to do so. Since when must traditional medicine be clinically tested?

I’m expecting doctors and izinyanga under the African medicine forum to take this government on.

Sunday Independent recently reported that debate had erupted after Madagascar claimed its Artemisia (umhlonyane) based herbal tonic cures Covid-19 and that the nation had reached out to South Africa to assist it with scientific research after the World Health Organization and the AU requested it provide the bodies with scientific-based proof on the efficacy of its herbal medicine.