Establishing herbal college is a milestone in traditional medicine

10Jun 2020
The Guardian
Establishing herbal college is a milestone in traditional medicine

In general use, herbs are plants with savory or aromatic properties that are used for flavoring and garnishing food, for medicinal purposes, or for fragrances; excluding vegetables and other plants consumed for macronutrients.

Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, with usage dating as far back as the first century.

Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs from spices. Herbs generally refers to the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant  either fresh or dried , while spices are usually dried and produced from other parts of the plant, including seeds, bark, roots and fruits. Culinary herbs are distinguished from vegetables in that, like spices, they are used in small amounts and provide flavor rather than substance to food.

Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and in some cases, spiritual. General usage of the term "herb" differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs; in medicinal or spiritual use, any parts of the plant might be considered as "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, root bark, inner bark (and cambium), resin and pericarp.

Tanzania is set to start offering courses to health experts on the use of herbs and alternative medicines in treating non-communicable diseases including diabetes and blood pressure.  

We are told that an international naturopathic clinic has established a college in the country, namely,Cornwell Tanzania, which will apart from training health experts, provide education to the public on the importance of using herbs in treating different diseases.

Director, Cornwell Tanzania Elizabeth Lema recently told journalists in Dar es Salaam that decision to establish the college was reached after realizing the availability of different herbs and plant species that can be used to produce local remedies.

According to Lema, the college will also educate the public on the types of nutritional natural foods that Tanzanians can regularly consume to boost body immune and protect themselves from diseases.

She said the college will be officially opened in July 2020 whereas it will offer a number of courses. She said those qualified includes Form Four leavers with the D pass rate in chemistry and biology subjects.

The two years courses are also suitable for health experts as they are likely to add new skills on how herbs can treat various diseases.

“Tanzania will be the first country to have such a college in East Africa,” said the director calling upon interested individuals to start applying for the course.

She said they have officials who are ready to provide additional information of health experts who wishes to know more about the courses and the college itself. She also explained that doors are also open to any person interested to know on how to use the herbs.

Lema added that they have already established farms that used to grow various medicinal trees which are harvested to manufacture the herbs and nutritional foods. The farms are located at Pemba Mnazi and Kigamboni in Dar es Salaam.

Cornwell Tanzania Co-director, Johny  Brinkmann said: “We are proud to establish the college in the country; we aim to train and educate Tanzanians on the use of alternative medicines in improving body immune and curing diseases.”

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