The world can benefit a lot by expanding knowledge frontiers between modern medicine and traditional medical practice. Instead of relying on one knowledge system, we need to pull resources towards answering the following questions:
Without going through laboratory tests, how do traditional medical practitioners and herbalists know that a particular herb or tree has aphrodisiac properties or elements? How do they tell the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous herbs/plants? How do they know trees or herbs with pain-killing elements?
Having seen some of these health practices and medicines in action and solving challenges, I am convinced modern methods of inquiry may not sufficiently convey the depth of traditional or local medical knowledge.
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HIFA profile: Charles Dhewa is the Managing Director of Knowledge Transfer Africa (Pvt) Ltd based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a HIFA Country Representative
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