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Herbal medicine: sorting healing from harm

Uganda: traditional healers still serve many rural communities / Jim Holmes - Panos Pictures

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Herbal medicines and traditional healers sometimes get a bad press, as people often associate the practice with witchcraft. The medical establishment meanwhile is concerned about poor standards of safety and effectiveness among traditional healers. In a bid to improve quality, the Ugandan non-profit organization, Traditional and Modern Health Practitioners Together Against Aids and Other Diseases, known as THETA, has carried out peer-reviewed research into herbal medicines.

Machrine Birungi looks at THETA’s efforts to communicate their findings.

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12/17/2008

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