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Medicinal herbs forgotten in Afghanistan: Apothecary

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Medicinal herbs forgotten in Afghanistan: Apothecary

 As part of the Afghans’ indigenous culture, botany and traditional medication, with long background and special significance, is inherited from their ancestors since centuries.

Such medications have special popularity among the Afghans and the easterners, with a high perspective that they could treat and be treated, when refereeing a traditional physician or at least using such herb-produced prescribed doses.
Mohammad Rafi Kazemi who, alongside his state-employment, is used to produce linctus from medicinal plants told The Kabul Times that, he worked theoretically and practically not only in botany, but also in physiotherapy, massage and hypnotism to help patients recover from paralysis and some other illness.
He said, 18 year ago, when he sought refuge in Iran, he got interested to pills and linctus from medicinal herbs, after being recruited to work in a pharmacology shop and with little time he could get access to the apothecaries’ union.
He said had spent over 13 years to get professionalized in botany after precise engagement in studying in the career in Shiraz state of the hosting country –Islamic Republic of Iran. 
“I was concerned of my work if it could get no achievement, but when seen with fruitful income, I continued to go ahead with the business”, said Kazemi adding he was using experiences of Haji Hassan Sultani a well-known Iranian pharmacologist to serve his compatriots in the areas of paralysis, diabetes, stomachache and lipid treatment as well as cholesterol reduction.
“Most of my works had gained positive achievements, emboldening me to continue the career,” he stated going on as saying his activity in physiotherapy took over four and half years to get positive results, with the first of his patients—get recovered was an Iranian citizen with a successful physiotherapy operation carried out on.
Composition and mixture of various types of medicinal herbs mostly provided from some northern provinces of the country, such as Badakhshan and Panjshir, and orange bulbs from eastern Nangarhar, and some other plants like ox-tongue and chamomile buds and some imported types (from beyond the country, if the event that not found at home) called for expertise, he added.
According to him, an apothecary has to fully recognize any type of medicinal herbs in order to help him make pills or linctus and treat the patients. “With no enough diagnosis of various natures of the herbs, one should not resort to producing medicines,” observed Kazemi who warned the trend would also have side-effect.
He advised for not going to the trend to produce herbal medicines unless the one was fully familiar with the skill, as it may follow risk for the patients and may lay negative impact on the users’ health, if was not precisely focused on the composition way.
Whereas, in our country, plants are not paid too much concern, so, many patients are deprived of such treatment, the pharmacology expert regretted, but once again asked for keeping away from irregular use of the herbal medication because of its serious typical accompanying effects.
He blamed mass media for failing to elucidate the profitability and positively effectiveness of the herb if professionally worked on, for producing medicines and advised the citizens for using the medicinal herbs based on their natures and prescribed by the experts, as he reiterated that the traditionally produced drugs would essentially follow side-effects if not used properly.
A Kabul citizen, Gul Marjan who complained a pain in his feet, said he had repeatedly referred to Pakistan for treatment after several years of being hospitalized inside the country, but gained no achievement.
 “I then was treated by Mr. Kazemi—the specialist herb doctor and am now felling quiet,” said Marjan who prayed for recovery of his like-effected patients through Kazemi’s treatment. Karima Malikzada

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