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Introduction

Herbal Africa was formed by a dedicated team of African traditional doctors with the aim of researching, manufacturing and distributing a range of African herbal products that betters its alternative and conventional competitors in efficacy, quality and goodness.

Above all, Herbal Africa is a truly African company that is proud of its African heritage and believes in providing African solutions to African issues. Herbal Africa is a true leader and pioneer in this field with many credits to its name. Herbal Africa merges traditional values and knowledge with scientific and modern components in order to provide affordable, effective and novel medicines.

Herbal Africa bases its products on African medicinal plants and herbs and the knowledge of the African herbalist (inyanga). Inyangas reign supreme in their know-how and understanding of medicinal plants and herbal remedies as their use forms an integral part of African culture. South Africa has over 10% of the world's flora and is rich in the knowledge of their use. For thousands of years, Africans have relied on medicinal plants and this knowledge to treat their ailments.

”Health through cultural heritage"

The practices of traditional medicine dates back many centuries and have therefore been as "tried and tested" as many of the scientific medicines that are generally more harmful and with a higher degree of side effects. The use of herbs and other organic substances by African traditional medicine is a practice now increasingly followed by western medicine. The use of herbal remedies is generally more effective and less invasive and aggressive than the scientific preponderance of scheduled drugs and frequent surgery. African herbal medicine does not treat the symptoms but rather seeks to cure the causes of diseases.

Herbal Africa offers the distinct advantage of tried and tested herbal remedies backed by scientific research and ethno-botanical data (literature, African herbal doctors) and manufactured under strict pharmaceutical guidelines.

Herbal Africa does not copy existing herbal remedies but develops new ones, which, we believe, are superior in their efficacy, quality and results.

African Medicine - the mother of medicines

"If we accept that Africa is the cradle of mankind and that the use of herbs is as old as mankind itself, it then stands to reason that African medicine is the oldest, most tried and tested form of medicine known to mankind. Further, to call it an alternative is wrong, since it formed the basis for other types of medicine practiced today - conventional, herbal, Chinese, etc." T/Dr R de Carvalho.

Achievements

  • Together with national scientific research institutions our consulting traditional doctors have found new medicinal plants that have shown in-vitro properties for malaria and other diseases.
  • The first to encapsulate many popular African medicinal plants and remedies.
  • Our consulting traditional doctor, R de Carvalho, was one of the first white people to be recognized by both the traditional doctors associations in Moçambique and South Africa.
  • Our consulting traditional doctors were the first to expose the merits of African medicinal plants and African herbal remedies on the Internet.

Vision

  • To manufacture and distribute an effective range of African herbal remedies and medicinal products that not only competes, but surpass its competitors.
  • To enhance and preserve the knowledge and wisdom of African herbal medicine.
  • To be a leader in the research and development of African herbal remedies and products.

Research

T/Dr R de Carvalho has been researching African medicinal plants and African herbal remedies with scientific research institutions since 1995. Prior to this research, he was a student with the President of Ametramo (Association of the traditional doctors of Moçambique). Universities such as the University of Cape Town, University of Natal, University of the North and University of Stellenbosch have researched many of the plants used in our formulas. Others have been researched as far a field as Ireland and Iran.

Herbal Africa rallied an impressive number of professional medical practitioners and individuals behind its cause and ideals to help in its research and development program.

Some national scientific research institutions have 25 000 species of plants in their rooms awaiting further testing and analysis. In Africa there are over 10 000 known tree species used medicinally.

Manufacture and Quality

Our products are manufactured to the highest standards and quality. Manufacturing is conducted under strict medical guidelines and rules as set out by the MCC (Medical Controls Council) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Procedures).

Our raw materials are collected from pollution free zones, mainly in the rural areas where we offer new job opportunities and prospects. We have chosen traditional doctors in the areas of collection to oversee quality and efficacy.

Our products are free from artificial preservatives, chemicals, sugar, alcohol, milk fat, milk protein, Saccharose, Isoglucose and allergens.


Ethnomedicine

History and Description
Ethnomedicine is a system that applies both art and science to help the human body to restore its health and well-being. It utilises natural remedies to activate the immune system. Herbs are used for cleansing, elimination and detoxification. Some are used to stimulate the body’s self-healing capabilities to counteract physical symptoms, whilst others may be used as a tonic to help the body’s immunity.

The human body easily assimilates nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antibiotics and hormonal substances from plants to obtain both food and medicine. Ethnomedicine is a healing modality for chronic ongoing problems. With the skilful selection of herbs, a profound transformation in health can be effected without the danger of the unpleasant side effects inherent in drug-based medicines. Plants have a direct impact on physiological activity and by knowing what body processes one wants to help or heal; the appropriate herb or plant action can be selected.

The Practical Significance of Ethnomedicine
Ethnomedicine is a specialist area that is not restricted to describing exotic healing practices, but actually offers concrete practical help in everyday clinical medicine. Thus, Ethnomedicine facilitates communication with patients from all walks of life. Moreover, an Ethno Medical practitioner’s observations and analyses within the scope of Ethnomedicine’s understanding of the inherent conceptions held by their patients, with regard to illness and therapy, has heightened the medical and nursing fraternity. Thus, these practitioners are better equipped to pinpoint and respond to their patients needs. This is of importance since if patients lose trust in the exponents of conservative medicine, they often turn to alternative medicine and may fail to receive adequate medical care. Ethnomedicine is considered to be an unbiased science by its proponents.

Consultation
Ethnomedicine practitioners treat the individual holistically and will consult at length with the patient to establish the root cause of their illness. Different herbal medicines are prescribed for each patient’s specific needs. Remedies can be taken in a variety of ways, such as tinctures, capsules or infusions, depending on which herbs are being used and what condition is being treated.

Herbal Africa’s Ethnomedicine practitioner is accredited and registered with EPASA (the Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa).


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