Tuesday

Herbal medicine providing a ray of hope to sick Kenyans

By NAFTALI MWAURA

As humanity the world over continue to grapple with the ever vexing challenge of diseases, negligible success is forthcoming even as well-meaning actors in the scientific community, Government and other sectors tirelessly strive to find long-lasting cure to some of chronic maladies like cancer, HIV/AIDS and Malaria that are viciously tormenting the human race.

The burden of diseases has never been pronounced like it is in the modern era. Even with remarkable breakthrough in medical science, several diseases continue to pose overwhelming challenge and are reversing the little gain we might have achieved before.

The disease burden continue to weigh heavily on our society. According to authoritative voices at the World Bank and other multilateral and bilateral institutions, the burden of diseases especially in Africa is posing immense challenge to development and it is no wonder that poverty continue to afflict millions in the continent where most of chronic diseases have found a haven to blossom and wreak terror on populations.

The health of a people is the Nations wealth. No single nation can endeavor to progress without first attending to health challenges.

The national Health survey that was recently released by the Ministry of health gave a very grim picture of the status of health in the country.

The report highlighted very worrying phenomenon where56 per cent of Kenyans can hardly afford medication due to poverty.

These lots of Kenyans who cannot afford the cost of visiting hospitals or any other health facilities have more often than not resigned to fate only for the ailments to torment them to the grave.

In the face of biting poverty that afflicts millions of Kenyans who are at the same time falling ill to poverty related ailments, herbal medicine comes in as the surest saviour to this unfortunate lot.

Herbal medicine is today making great strides like never before and most Kenyans have embraced it and have defied the old stereotypes that dismissed herbal cure as archaic and obsolete.

The case for alternative medicine has hit with a bang across Kenya and beyond the borders and no other authoritative voices can bear testimony to that than Dr.Alfred Kithinji Mwongo.

Dr Mwongo who happens to be a seasoned herbal practitioner wears many hats and his colourful resume gives a picture of an illustrious career spanning over ten years and which is marked with marvelous successes in giving total cure to some of the most debilitating ailments of our age.

Dr.Alfred Mwongo cuts a larger than life image in the sphere of alternative medicine and is widely acclaimed in many parts of the Country and the Eat African region.

A mans who cuts unusual humble, down to earth and unassuming demeanor can easily be dismissed as an underdog by those who hold the archaic belief that you have to shout loud to be regarded as high profile.
Dr. Anthony K. Mwongo
This soft-spoken herbalist who wears many hats has surprised friend and foe alike on how he has managed to steer an otherwise dull career to very promising heights.

Dr Mwongo is credited to have promoted the sphere of alternative medicine to unbelievable frontiers that it had not reached before in this Country and the East African region.

His remarkable achievements that have won accolades from the public, medical fraternity and Government authorities have made him a much sought after celebrity.

He has been coveted with dozens medals of recognition by the Government of Kenya and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for his invaluable service of treating poor Kenyans with cheaper but effective herbal medicine.

Mwongo is an innovator who has endevoured to make breakthroughs in getting cure for life-threatening diseases.

A man with a passionate love for Mother Nature tells of how he has worked with communities in the Country to help in the conservation of precious plant species.

The herbalist works with the Njuri Ncheke, a council of elders among the Meru tribe of Kenya and advices them on how to make sustainable use of the ecosystems in the Mt Kenya forests.

He happens to be the Chairman of East African Environmentalists Network. The network has membership of dedicated environmentalists from all the three East African Countries.

These network of passionate environmentalists has projects involving communities in East Africa and engages in education and awareness campaigns on the value of preserving indigenous species of plants most of which happens to be endowed with immense medicinal value.

The network advises communities to engage in conservation, expansion and sustainable utilisation of forest resources and lays more emphasis on the rare plant species that have offered the respective communities with enormous medicinal value.

Dr Mwongo however avers that there is also need for communities to be enlightened on modern trends that are defining the Environment sphere.

He has enlightened the Njuri Ncheke who happens to be custodians of cultural and spiritual values of the Merus on the important strides that defines the environment sphere and has even gone ahead to teach them on important protocols like the Kyoto and Rio that have marked a milestone in environmental conservation.

Asked if the Government has shown enough commitment in Environmental conservation, Mr Mwongo answers in the affirmative and gives credit to the Assistant Minister for Environment and Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai for her resilience and dedication to promoting conservation of our valuable ecosystems.

“We should all applaud Professor Maathai for working tirelessly to save our forests”, concurs the Doctor.

Herbalists and Forests are intertwined just like the foetus and the umbilical chord. It is in the forests that herbalists obtain herbs and shrubs of immense medicinal value.

As a herbalist and Environmentalist too, Dr. Mwongo has worked with communities in Eastern and Coast provinces to help them establish nurseries for medicinal trees like, Moringa Oleifera, Mwarubaini, (Neem) Acacia merifera and countless others.

Dr Mwongo has traversed the field of herbal medicine far and wide and has stamped his boots with authority and his record speaks for itself.

His illustrious work has earned him a place in the map of East Africa and today; he is the Chairman of East African Herbalists Association.

The association of committed herbalists from the region came into force last year and was conceived out of the need for herbalists to come together and find ways of addressing nagging health problems affecting people.

These herbalists were all unanimous that the perpetual talk that there is no cure for Aids had become obsolete and that bold and daring people were required to go a step further and search for a cure and render the fatalistic theory null and void.

The Eat African Herbalists, Dr Mwongo included hold the view strongly that a cure for Aids is there and they do not hesitate to dismiss some discoveries made by self-confessed scientists like our own Dr Arthur Obel as mere fallacy.

Dr Mwongo dares these scientists who have declared to discover cure for Aids to come forward and prove their proclamations and not confine themselves to heavily fortified medical laboratories.

The straight shooting herbalists challenges Dr. Obel and his ilk to table the list of people they have cured from Aids.

Dr.Mwongo does not tire from forcefully reiterating that the key to unlocking the path to discover total cure for Aids is not with Medical doctors only and avers that simple but effective herbs are readily available to offer treatment and possible cure to this deadly scourge.

He goes on to assert that his concrete and wide research on Aids has made him arrive at the belief that the disease is caused by multiple complications of a weak immune system in the body, malignant parasite and an acid called Benzene.

The Benzene acid is very toxic and solvent and affects the nervous system and the spinal chord.

The effects of this acid in the body aggravate further the weakening of immune system and HIV opportunistic infections invades the body so viciously.

The effects of the parasites and Benzene acid in the body leads to full brown Aids and the cure lies in Herbal medicine.

This outstanding herbalist has vigorously endevoured to treat Aids Patients with herbs majority of who have confessed to have been cured.

Dr. Mwongo has pioneered herbal medicine to unbelievable heights today and has the reasons to hold his shoulders high.

He has founded Kenya Neem Foundation, an organisation that has a chain of clinics in Nairobi, Eastern and Coastal provinces.

The foundation is now a household name in the said provinces and employs about Seventy health professionals drawn from Pharmaceutical technology, Nursing and Medical Laboratory.

The Clinics are hive of activity as patients with diverse ailments visit there seeking treatment.

Kenya Neem Foundation is now an acclaimed institution that has won recognition from the Ministry of health as a worthy entity in provision of quality but affordable alternative medical care to Kenyans.

The organisation has also won a medal from the Kenya Private sector Alliance (KEPSA) in February this year as a runner -up Micro-enterprise exhibitor award.

President Mwai Kibaki presented the award. Kenya Neem Foundation collaborates with the Government and intends to use Government Laboratory services that are more technologically sophisticated to cope with rising demand of conducting urine and blood tests in the clinics.

The Foundation is also seeking assistance from the Government to help set up utra-modern Laboratory.

In defense of herbal medicine, Dr Mwongo goes full throttle to dare anyone challenging his theory.

He caused a stir at the ICASA 2003 in Nairobi when he denounced Chinese herbal medicine.

He challenged Chinese herbal practitioners to prove that the acupuncture method of treatment that they use offers lasting cure for Aids.

The indefatigable herbalist asserts that Africa herbal medicine offers the best cure for Aids. He has travelled to such Countries like Uganda, Zanzibar and Tanzania and given extensive talks on herbal cure for HIV/AIDS.

He has also written extensively and won international acclaim for his works on indigenous knowledge and its role in health care provision.

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