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State explores traditional medicine in treating Covid-19

Health & Science
 

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

The government has collected samples of herbal medicine in Kakamega for laboratory testing.

According to the Chief of Research at the National Museums of Kenya Evans Taraja, the samples were being tested for efficacy in treating Covid-19 and related complications.

He said they were also interested in establishing the right dosage for the herbal supplements.

"The herbs have been taken to our laboratories to test their effectiveness, side effects, and right dosage that ought to be administered in order to cure a given condition," said the official.

Speaking in Kakamega, Mr Taraja said they have been engaging different herbalists from the area "and we are satisfied with the information provided in regard to the herbal supplements they use to treat ailments."

They are produced from roots, leaves, and barks of certain indigenous trees which are found mainly at Kakamega forest.

If the efficacy tests are successful, Kenya could start using herbal medicine in treating Covid-19.

According to Taraja, the National Museums of Kenya was working closely with Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in conducting thorough tests on the herbs before giving them a clean bill of health.

Paul Buradi, the herbalist's chairman said they have embarked on domesticating the indigenous trees from which they get the herbal medicines.

"We have been planting the trees on our farms to reduce reliance on the forest and make the herbs more available," said Buradi.

Luke Otipo from the county government of Kakamega said successful tests will be a major breakthrough for the devolved unit.

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