Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) jointly with other stakeholders, is set to conduct an extensive research on the local discovery of a herbal medicine, GARANI MW1, which is believed to be a cure for the deadly HIV and Aids pandemic.
MBS analysed the medicine and the results revealed some compounds that have
effects on the HIV. The bureau facilitated the formation of a Stakeholders Committee which has since drafted a research proposal.
The Stakeholders Committee is comprised of representatives from College of Medicine, Chancellor College, Malawi Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board and the Department of Nutrition, HIV & AIDS.
In an email response, the MBS Director General, Davlin Chokazinga said each member of the Committee will have specific role to play during the research.
“We have drafted a proposal waiting for government approval. Our focus will be on chemical composition, others will do other things that they know better,” said Chokazinga.
The extensive research is to be conducted national wide in consultation with National Commission of Science and Technology. It will focus on chemical analysis and clinical trials among others to authenticate the herbal medicine.
Previously University of Malawi’s Chancellor College (Chemistry Department) and Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board carried out separate primary analyses on the medicine with the consent of Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Department of Nutrition and HIV and Aids.
Gloria Jeremiah, the one behind GARANI MW1 has described the research as one big step forward in finding cure to the pandemic.
“The research will help a lot and it will assist in recommending proper dosage to rid-off the virus depending on viral load,” said Jeremiah, a District HIV and Aids Coordinator for Lilongwe District Health Office.
Jeremiah, currently studying Master of Public Health at College of Medicine specialising in epidemiology, said that apart from curing the HIV, the herbal medicine has been found to cure other health related problems such as hormonal imbalances, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, amenorrhea dysmenorrhea, leukaemia, skin problems among others.
“The main focus of the herb was on the HIV and Aids and any opportunistic infections but it has come to my notice that other conditions and diseases that the medicine is curing are not HIV related, hence need for more research,” she said.
For better results, clients are advised to repeat dose at one month intervals.
Reports so far show that the effectiveness of the herb doesn’t depend on blood type and the herb has been found to work on both newly infected who are not yet on ART and those who have been on Antiretroviral treatment.
She however, urged people to desist regarding it as vaccine against the virus, saying:“Those who take the medicine are advised to go for an HIV test after 10 or 12 months from the time they take GARANI MW1 although to some it takes only a few months before they test HIV negative.
“We advise clients not to engage in any unprotected sex after taking the medicine even though all the signs and symptoms of infection have disappeared until they go for the HIV test.”
One dose consists of six tea-spoons of the powder and a person takes through porridge with no salt or sugar once per day for three consecutive days. The remaining powder is then repeated after two weeks.
Some patients have reportedly been cured just after taking the first dosage while others have to repeat for two or more times depending on the viral load.
”This is one of the reasons why there is need to carry out a research to find out the proper dosage depending on the viral load or to come up with a uniform dose like any other medicine,” she told Nyasa Times.
Demand is reportedly growing for the herbal medicine called GARANI MW1 as scores of HIV infected people, both Malawians and foreigners are apparently finding a sigh of relief in it after several
testimonies on the effectiveness of the drug. The herb was discovered in 2007 in Malawi.
“If a person is on Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) or on any medication, are advised to continue taking that medication even if tested HIV negative, until advised by qualified physicians to stop”.
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