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Kenyan herbalist feted over medicinal research

Dr Murugu told those in attendance that herbal medicine has huge potential if the government could borrow a leaf from countries like India and China who have invested in it so much.
“Herbal medicine is like gold. Just like the recently discovered oil is Turkana has the potential of changing our fortunes as a country, so is herbal medicine. If we invest in herbal medicine, we will save hundreds of millions of shilling spent daily by Kenyans seeking medical care oversees in countries like India which are known to have invested in it,” he said adding doing so would equally lead to an upsurge in herbal tourism and greater research in the same by medical scholars.
Dr Murugu said the missionaries were responsible for the relegation of herbal medicine to the periphery. To him, they presided over its near death.
“Our forefathers lived longer than we do today yet the growth registered in medical technology today was not there. When God created the heavens and the earth, he provided everything mankind needed and our venture in the herbal world is not rocket science, we are just making good use of what providence has bestowed on us to the glory of his name. The Christian missionaries presided over the collapse of the system of herbal medicine when they introduced us to the tablets, syringes and other modern diagnostic procedures. But there is hope once again,” he said
He said there are those who braved the missionary onslaught and are now instrumental in the recovery effort by helping indentify tree species with medicinal value.
The herbal expert said the major secret to success of Murugu Natural & Nutritional Clinic was their approach where the body systems are triggered to heal themselves.
“Through collaborative research with a number of University Professors, we have been able to make tablets and liquid medicine that have been effective in making the body heal.”
Dr Murugu, who first obtained diploma in Herbal medicine before advancing to the current level where he partners with other university, dons to undertake research has a an informal PhD in the field. In the normal scholarly world, PhD is earned through practice and experience.
“ I have walked the herbal medicine path for the last 18 years now, starting in Nakuru before setting base here in Nairobi where cumulatively, we have treated more than 100, 000 people,” he said
Whereas patients are compelled to use medicine for their entire lifetime for diseases like diabetes and others like asthma, Dr Murugu said such and many others are curable.


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