Aumenta la produccion y el uso de la medicina natural y tradicional en la provincia cubana de Guantanamo.


La producción de más de 300 mil jarabes, cremas, sustancias homeopáticas y otros productos, en farmacia, derivados de esencias no artificiales es muestra de la diversificación en Guantánamo de la Medicina Natural y Tradicional, programa que avanza pese a las dificultades con el abasto de agua en las industrias procesadoras y el déficit de materias primas para elaborar estas sustancias. Javier Pérez Azahares, director provincial de Salud destaca los resultados de la producción de fármacos naturales junto al empleo de la acupuntura, la fangoterapia y la homeopatía para atender a más de un centenar de personas al mes en la clínica de esta especialidad en el Hospital General Agostinho Neto. El dirigente agregó que tres centros de producción local y 24 farmacias del territorio elaboran medicamentos que incluyen jarabes, tinturas, cremas, bálsamos y extractos fluidos, preparados sobre la base de plantas cultivadas en las montañas guantanameras. Un gran número de guantanameros mejora su salud con el uso de compuestos naturales y otras técnicas como en los servicios de Estomatología, en los cuales se realizaron en este año más de 90 extracciones molares por acupuntura. Los efectos beneficiosos de la Medicina Natural y Tradicional ganan la aceptación de la población guantanamera que cada vez más acude a estos fármacos considerados armas poderosas para contrarrestar diversas afecciones con la ventaja de eliminar las molestias asociadas al consumo de medicamentos convencionales. (Tomado de Radio Guantánamo,Última actualización en 12 Septiembre 2015

La producción de más de 300 mil jarabes, cremas, sustancias homeopáticas y otros productos, en farmacia, derivados de esencias no artificiales es muestra de la diversificación en Guantánamo de la Medicina Natural y Tradicional, programa que avanza pese a las dificultades con el abasto de agua en las industrias procesadoras y el déficit de materias primas para elaborar estas sustancias.
Javier Pérez Azahares, director provincial de Salud destaca los resultados de la producción de fármacos naturales junto al empleo de la acupuntura, la fangoterapia y la homeopatía para atender a más de un centenar de personas al mes en la clínica de esta especialidad en el Hospital General Agostinho Neto.
El dirigente agregó que tres centros de producción local y 24 farmacias del territorio elaboran medicamentos que incluyen jarabes, tinturas, cremas, bálsamos y extractos fluidos, preparados sobre la base de plantas cultivadas en las montañas guantanameras.
Un gran número de guantanameros mejora su salud con el uso de compuestos naturales y otras técnicas como en los servicios de Estomatología, en los cuales se realizaron en este año más de 90 extracciones molares por acupuntura.
Los efectos beneficiosos de la Medicina Natural y Tradicional ganan la aceptación de la población guantanamera que cada vez más acude a estos fármacos considerados armas poderosas para contrarrestar diversas afecciones con la ventaja de eliminar las molestias asociadas al consumo de medicamentos convencionales.
(Tomado de Radio Guantánamo,Última actualización en 12 Septiembre 2015

Fuente: periodico “Venceremos”, provincia Guantanamo, Cuba.

http://www.venceremos.cu/guantanamo-noticias/3540-diversifica-guantanamo-produccion-de-medicina-natural-y-tradicional

CUBA: Natural Medicine Gains Wide Acceptance

By Patricia Grogg

HAVANA, Aug 22 (IPS) – The impact of Cuba’s decade-long economic crisis on the local health system has contributed to a boom in the popularity of traditional and herbal medicine, increasingly used by the public at large as well as health practitioners in this Caribbean island nation.

“My grandmother used to give us herbal infusions when we were little, and we did ok, so when medicine started to be hard to come by, I remembered her teachings,” said María Caridad Rodríguez, 60, while purchasing cough syrups based on oranges and oregano for her grandson in the local pharmacy. Rodríguez also drinks an infusion of leaves from the linden tree when she feels nervous or can’t sleep. “I no longer need diazepan (a sleeping pill). And one of my daughters had a molar removed using acupuncture as anesthesia in a neighbourhood dental clinic,” she said.

Sources at the health ministry said around 20 percent of patients attended by the primary health care system of family doctors currently received some natural treatment or remedy. In the first half of the year, more than 2,000 people had teeth removed using acupuncture as anesthesia in Las Tunas, 694 kms east of Havana. The anesthetic method was also used with positive results in hospitals in that province. According to official statistics, more than 327,000 patients — equivalent to 30 percent of all outpatients — were attended from January to July in Las Tunas with procedures using natural and traditional medicine. Research on the use of acupuncture has found that around 20 kinds of operations — on the region of the neck, extremities, thyroid cysts, or hernias, for example — can be carried out using acupuncture instead of general anesthesia.

Acupuncture was brought by Chinese immigrants to Cuba, where it merged with traditions conserved by African slaves and their descendants, and by the native population, in an amalgamate that survived the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. Studies have found, for example, that Chinese immigrants fighting with Cuba’s independence army in the late 19th century used acupuncture in field hospitals. The tradition was not lost. But until around eight years ago, a mother who used an herbal remedy to treat her child before taking him or her to a health centre faced the risk of being scolded by her doctor, Leoncio Padrón Cáceres, the public health ministry’s National Director of Traditional and Natural Medicine, told IPS. In Padrón’s view, the “biggest reason” for developing natural remedies is scientific, rather than economic, because “any therapeutic resource has its limitations,” and natural methods complement conventional ones.

But it was not until 1992, two years after Cuba lost its long- time markets and suppliers in the collapsed east European socialist bloc, when health professionals officially began to work on a programme to recover the use of medicinal plants and incorporate traditions like acupuncture. “Our medicine promotes health and focuses on preventing people from getting sick, and traditional and natural medicine is a big help in reaching that objective,” said Padrón, who added that it is a perfectly valid alternative for poor countries. Moreover, by incorporating such methods, the ability of health practitioners to help people with their problems is expanded, he stressed, pointing out that the natural remedies do not come into contradiction with or replace conventional medicine, but instead mare integrated, thus broadening the spectrum of treatment possibilities. In accordance with a programme implemented since 1996, traditional and natural therapies are used in nearly all of Cuba’s outpatient clinics, while 60 percent of the country’s 30,000 family doctors (who specialise in primary care) are trained to use such methods and remedies. Padrón also pointed out that centres providing teaching and medical care in traditional and herbal techniques operate in each of Cuba’s 169 municipalities, while central institutions have been set up for the most complex cases in each province. For the past five years, traditional and natural medicine has constituted a special field of study, and has been incorporated into the curriculum of local medical schools. “The battle will have been won when we have trained the entire faculty,” said the official.

More than 1,000 locales spread throughout this country of 11 million produce the natural remedies which are sold in the government’s network of pharmacies, some of which specialise in homeopathic and herbal products. Cuba’s programme of traditional and natural medicine has been advised by Chinese specialists in acupuncture, and by Argentine, Italian and Mexican homeopaths. Cuba currently has one physician for every 168 inhabitants, 248 hospitals, 436 outpatient health clinics, 12,000 consulting rooms, 166 dentist clinics, 12 research institutes, 21 medical faculties, a number of post-graduate study programmes, and a national school on public health.

For questions or comments email: kmorgenstern@sacredearth.com

Source: http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/news/cuba.php

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