Belgian Herbalist Wants Liberian Traditional Medicine to Go Int’l

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The owner and chief herbalist of a Belgian-based traditional pharmaceutical company — Pharmapath, Joris Ghyssaert, has vowed to support Liberian traditional medicine to become reformed into products of acceptable international standard.

Pharmapath is the producer of Phytexponent, herbal products that restart and improve the immune system.

Phytexponent is widely used in Belgium and African countries, including Kenya, Zaire and South Africa to cure HIV/AIDS.

The Belgian herbalist made the commitment when he gave a presentation on Phytexponent products during last Friday’s formal launch of the five-year plan  on the National Traditional Medicine Policy and Strategy. 

He urged Liberian traditional herbalists to unite in order to develop a cohesive knowledge to share one intellectual property production company to have a standardized product.

He admonished Liberian herbalists to continue to conduct research on plants, establish plant formulas, undertake clinical trials, produce raw materials on an organized farm and start treating locally in Liberia before branching out.

“There are big opportunities for herbal medicine if done seriously,” Mr. Ghyssaert said.

Dr. Nyaquoi K. Kargbo, the Registrar of the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), said the intent of their collaboration with the Belgian herbalist is aimed at helping the country to graduate into a general standardized formation for public consumption throughout  the country.

This, he indicated, would help in the reforming and integrating quality, accessible, equitable and sustainable traditional medicine in the healthcare service delivery system.

When contacted via mobile phone yesterday, the Belgian herbalist reiterated his desire to assist the Liberian Government through the Division of Complementary Medicines of the Health Ministry.

He stated that plans have been introduced for the partnership.

According to the Division of Commentary Medicine of the Health Ministry, over 94 traditional medicines have been found to cure diverse illnesses and diseases, including Ebola.

It may be recalled that the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health finally launched a five-year plan on the usage of herbs (traditional/country medicine) in all health centers across the country.  The program is a part of the country’s new health care system.

The Health Ministry, through the Division of Complementary Medicine, the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), the Complementary Board and the Traditional Medicine Federation of Liberia (TRAMEDFOL) developed the plan, called the National Traditional Medicine Policy and Strategy. The plan will run from 2015-2019.

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