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The herbal way
A World Health Organisation (WHO) fact sheet on traditional medicine states that in some Asian and African countries, 80 per cent of the population depends on traditional medicine for their primary health care. It also states that herbal medicines are the most lucrative form of traditional medicine. More than 100 countries have regulations for herbal medicines. T&T is not among them. Naturopathic practitioner Dr Anna Maria Pouchet thinks that is why people tend to distrust natural products. Pouchet, who founded the Hope and Wellness Clinic and practices various forms of naturopathic medicine, agreed to speak to the T&T Guardian about herbal medicine, it’s uses, benefits and effects. “When people speak about herbalism you would think it’s witchcraft or folklore, but humans have used plants for food, oxygen, shelter and medicine for thousands of years,” said Pouchet. “We have evolved over time along with plants. Our health and well being are integrally and substantially entwined to the world we live in, especially the use of plants for food and medicine.” Pouchet said this is why the state of the environment has a profound impact on health and well being. She found it amazing that in less than 100 years the western world had evolved away from what “is inherently natural and instinctive,” such as herbs, to embrace a world she classified as “synthetic and instant.”She said herbal remedies worked in different ways.
- Next week we will look at the health benefits of acupuncture.
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