ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

We Must Get More Benefits from Medicinal Plants

Updated on February 28, 2014

Papaya is a medicinal plant

We should develop our own system on medicinal plants


On a Saturday afternoon two weeks ago I participated in a coffee shop talk called locally as “Kapihan,”

It was the first meeting of a diverse group: geneticist, accountant, marketing expert, animal science expert, land reform officer, fisheries expert, extension expert who is also an entrepreneur in medicinal plants. I am an agriculturist specialized in development communication or one who bridges the gap between the scientist and layman. Another participant was a meteorologist who is co-winner of the Nobel Prize for peace being a member of the International Panel on climate change, in 2007 together with former vice president Albert Gore.

Some have been exposed to medicinal plants for some time, others are neophytes. The entrepreneur and myself are long timers, so to speak, the geneticist is a consultant on biotechnology so she is adept at medicinal plants. The others were visibly enthusiastic.

How it started

The Kapihan was spurred by the death of a common friend or contemporary who had heart bypass, who stuck to taking of conventional medicines. He used to be dean of the College of Forestry of the University of the Philippines, Los Banos campus. The implied concern was how could someone taken cared of by conventional medicine die? Could alternative medicine, albeit medicinal plants, save him?

The entrepreneur was the host of the Kapihan who did more of the talking because of his long experience with medicinal plants.

Some of the participants have relatives living in the United States or are having dual citizenship of being American and Filipino. They are exposed to the influence of Big Pharma and HMO or health maintenance organization. So there is some concern as a victim of forced selling or medication or bureaucracy in medication.

I must have been carried away. I said we should not copy the example of the United States where Big Pharma has been established. The Philippines is habitat of a lot of medicinal plants, over a thousand of them.

I know this Kapihan group is highly technical so I had to tailor my language to their level.

I said, we should have a paradigm shift. (That is simply a change in framework.)

We should start with open mind that medicinal plants can prevent, treat and cure disease. Along the way, we will find out by means of medical research the efficacy, effectiveness, safety and applications of medicinal plants.

Big Pharma

In the framework of Big Pharma, no drug may be applied or prescribed if not approved by conventional medicine that ultimately caters to Big Pharma. Any drug that had not been formulated by Big Pharma may be approved as a drug. So a natural cure is virtually illegal.

In simple language, a natural cure can treat or cure but a government agency or a quasi-regulatory body has made it illegal to use it.

So a quasi-regulatory body like American Medical Association (AMA) and a government agency like Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have ruled as illegal the use of a natural cure (like essiac) for cancer. Power and profit motive play the major roles here, not scientific or medical sense. Health and well being play second fiddle.

The development and accumulation of such power in America may be unique to the American culture or system.

We, as a nation, must not copy that system. We must develop our own system.

On second thought, I might have been marching too far ahead or I could be a dilettante, naive on power. A developing country that cannot even manufacture its own vaccines should not dare resist giants like Big Pharma!

Even the American people can’t resist Big Pharma.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)