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Traditional Medicine in Myanmar


YANGON, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar will hold its traditional medicine expo in the former capital of Yangon early next month, aimed at promoting the development of the country's traditional medicines and disseminating medical knowledge to the public.

With 200 booths, the four-day exhibition, will take place at the Tatmataw Convention Hall from Oct. 1 to 4, sources with the Ministry of Health said Sunday.

Myanmar traditional medicine is recognized as one of the principal contributors to the public health and a genuine legacy left by ancestors.

As the Myanmar traditional medicine is playing a more and more important role in treating diseases in the country, the government places more emphasis on the aspects, calling on traditional medicine practitioners to protect and preserve them from depletion and extinction and to ensure their perpetual existence.

At the same time, the practitioners are also urged to harmoniously strive for the promotion of the standard of Myanmar traditional medicine to reach international level.

According to the health authorities, Myanmar has made arrangements for the development of the traditional medicine in line with the set standards, opening diploma courses and practitioner courses to train out skilled experts in the field.

A decade before, Myanmar's Institute of Traditional Medicine conferred diplomas on traditional medicine to those who had completed two-year theoretical course and one-year practical course.

In 2001, Myanmar established its University of Traditional Medicine in Mandalay, the second largest city, where traditional medicine, anatomy and physiology, microbiology and medicine and Chinese acupuncture are taught.

Meanwhile, Myanmar has set up the first national herbal park in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw and the second one has planned to set up in Putao, a border town in northernmost Kachin state of the country, to grow herbal and medicinal plants used in producing medicines for treating various diseases.

The 81-hectare National Herbal Park, aimed at becoming an international-level one, was established by the Ministry of Progress of Border Areas and National Races and Development Affairs.

Over 20,000 herbal and medicinal plants of over 700 species from some 10 states and divisions for producing medicines used in treating diseases like cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hypertension, diabetes, malaria and tuberculosis are being grown in the park.

Encouragement has also been made to set up large traditional medicine industries with the private sector to produce potent drugs for common diseases, herbal gardens for medicinal plant conservation and find means to treat patients with the combined potency of the Western and Myanmar traditional medicine.

The Myanmar traditional medicine, composed of such ingredients as roots, tubers, bulbs, natural items and animal products, has in a historical perspective, represented the typical Myanmar culture and traditional value and norms.

Meanwhile, practitioners in the country are also being urged to make efforts for the promotion of Myanmar traditional medicines through cooperation with the international community.

There are 12 traditional medicine hospitals and 214 such clinics in the country with services provided by nearly 10,000 practitioners, earlier statistics show.

Myanmar is conducting research on treatment of six major diseases -- diabetes, hypertension, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea and dysentery through traditional medicine.

Myanmar holds traditional medicine practitioners conference every year to introduce the country's traditional medicines and its medical practices and the last conference, which was the 9th, took place in Nay Pyi Taw in December last year.
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com
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