Deforestation, Pollution Drive Zim’s Medicinal Herbs Into Near Extinction

EXTRACTION of medicines from the natural vegetation for both traditional and scientific medical purposes is under threat owing to uncontrolled deforestation and environmental pollution by industries, a top traditional healer has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes, Mr Friday Chishanyu, the president for the Zimbabwe National Practitioners Association (ZINPA), an organisation which represents traditional healers including herbalists said unlike in the old days, they now have to travel long distances in search of herbs owing to deforestation and the effects of climate change. We now have…

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