Malawians warned against herbal medicine

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The Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board (PMPB) has advised Malawians against taking herbal medicine saying the products are just dietary and nutritional supplements with no medicinal effect.

In a statement, the board has said claims by some individuals and organisations that their herbal products cure, treat, heal or prevent diseases such as HIV/AIDS , cancer, diabetes and high blood are yet to be proven scientifically.

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Malawians warned on herbs use.

“We wish to advise the general public that these claims are unfounded and have not been proven to have any clinical benefits. None of these claims are supported by scientific evidence.

“The PMPB recognises these herbal products as dietary and nutritional supplements with no medicinal effect and therefore the use of these herbal products should not replace medicines prescribed by trained and certified health practitioners,” Says the statement.

PMPB has urged people with chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer not to stop taking prescribed medicines in preference to herbal products.

The poisons board has also warned manufacturers and distributors of the herbal products in the country to avoid provision of misleading promotional information since it is an offense.

According to PMPB, dealers who advertise such herbal products need to consult the board before releasing the adverts to the general public.

“Noncompliance to these requirements is an offense under the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Act of 1988 (Section 52 and 58), and shall lead to disciplinary action and/or subsequent closure of business,” says the statement.

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  1. Ameneyu nd zilo%!ngati wakhuta ungonena!wher do u get materials for medcals?smmangosakaniza nd tma colours n tma chemicals bas!muzitibera!zausiru et! !!!!shaaaaaa ine ndye sndngasyetu !!go komko herbals!ndili nazo nazoooo!!!(mmmm tandpasenkon gondolosiyo!nd chiswa vignacho)))hahaaaaa

  2. Mitengo ndizachilengedwe pamene mapilisi ndi zosakaniza .ngati anthu amatchuka kumalalawi ndiye pa nkhani yazitsamba tilipa no4 africa yonse osati machemical zi o.

  3. Makolo anthu amagwiritsa ntchito herbs from creation amakhala healthier than now we are using your so called western medicine but plenty of uncurable diseases, chinese people use herb they are okay why against black things instead of finding ways to improve it

  4. If this statement has come from the medicines and poisons body then our safety is not safe. I believe ignorance has driven someone to utter such nonsense. Perhaps our local universities are churning out garbage not real scientists. Iwant to challenge every member of that board to do proper research on herbs before they beggin to eptomize their abyss of ignorance..let them google on internet to appriciate the miraculous healing power of the herbs they are despising. Or just wait until those chinese start imparting knowledge on our children at Must to appriciate that their claim doesnt hold water. Perhaps they should endeavor to learn other boards similar to theirs abroad. Right now, in Iran, they are producing herbal medicine more than what these unkempt and uncircumcised scientists with born again degrees are espousing. They discovered that herbal medicine is more effecticve than these chemicals that have dengerous side effects. Ma scientist akumalawi ndiongoloweza koma palibe amaziwa. Thats why 56years after attaining self rule, no local university has managed to produce ascientist who has ever invented.

  5. The medicine board must work hand in hand with herbalists for both plays important roles to the public,I could only love to see herbalists not to say that they know the ways of enriching people

  6. Boma lalamula,lalamula basi,tayani nyanga zanuzo pitani kuchipatala,kukhulupilira dzimankhwala zachikuda bwanji,anthu azikhulupiliro zonyasa inu,nkuona mukumaphanso ma albino,fotsek.

    • Ukati mankhala achikuda wat do u mean? Wat so special ndi mzungu pa chipatala overdose and the like. Think deep bro ma sales a mankhala atsika ku boma ndiye nkhani yake. Sungapeze mankhala a sugar, ndi khansa ku chipatala kulibe koma akupezeka a herbal. Mzungu anakuikirani malire iyeyo amachira inu njee.

    • Iyayi,bodza ilo,inu kukhulupilira zazitsamba mpaka liti? Mankhwala asowa malonda kuchipatala? Hahaha kuma bodza ili nde lankunkhuniza,tayani nyangazo basi,usin’ganga wanuwo kapangileni kwina,chithumwa chingachize munthu? Fotsek,kkkj

    • Iyayi,bodza ilo,inu kukhulupilira zazitsamba mpaka liti? Mankhwala asowa malonda kuchipatala? Hahaha kuma bodza ili nde lankunkhuniza,tayani nyangazo basi,usin’ganga wanuwo kapangileni kwina,chithumwa chingachize munthu? Fotsek,kkkj

  7. True true true, and please Government put a ban on radios and TVs and newspapers advertising these lies, how on earth can one drug cure 20 diseases and some requiring surgical procedures being cured just like that.

  8. hehehehe ma sales a mankhwala akusika? I read about the same two days ago on BBC, they said the same thing. Anthu azindikira kuti mankhwala a chilengedwe (Organic) are far much better than zima chemical za mma tablets zawozo. For example, azindikira kuti kumwa tea (raw: mopanda sugar) wa masamba a Nandolo reduces the level of sugar in the body (for diabetic people). Azindikira kuti tea wa masamba a Guava (raw: opanda sugar) amaseka mmimba mmene mukutsekula better than ORS.

  9. Simudziwa zinthu a poison board, mankhwala anu ndi poison in the making, causing a lot of side effects, pamene these herbs I understand they ve no side effects at all, osampusa, mtown tu muno, proven scientifically ndiye kuti chiyani… OK, what are you doing as Malawian medical scientists to prove these medications, mukudikira azungu???

  10. If i feel pain i get the herb and all the pain gone instantly. Why lying that there is no medicinal. What kills the pain? Pezani ina tikanamwa ife ochita kukuchumula thovu kuti tutututu

  11. Palibe Zimenezo Apa Tinadziyamba Kalekale Izi Inunso Ndi Maubongo Anuwo Kulibe Ndie Mukatitsokonedze Lero Tidzakhala Tikugwiritsabe Ntchito Mpaka Kalekale Zimenedzi

  12. Mmmmm amaliwi akunama asakugoneseni tulo mapilisiwa amapanga kuchkela kuti mmayesa ndi kizisamba zomwezo anangotembenuza azunguwa pofuna kumatibela koma zisamba or iwowa maluwa omwe ali mma garden mwaomu ambililiwo ndi makhwala asatipusiseyi

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