Herbs have long been part of our history. In homes long ago shining bush, zepapeak, Christmas bush, bois cano were chosen over conventional medication, to treat ailments.
The rise in the number of people with lifestyle diseases and the
long list of side effects tagged to conventional medicines, have forced
consumers back to basics—alternative medicine.
Recently Senator Subhas Ramkhelawan referred to local herbalists
as con men and called for a ban on what he called their misleading
claims and advertisements. Senator Ramkhelawan also asked that
herbalists provide customers with a list of side effects for the herbs
The senator's comments have sparked a debate between those pro
and anti-herbalists. And while the debate rages on in the letters pages
of the newspapers, local herbalists Trevor Sayers and Michael John
maintain that herbs require no side effect list and that they both have
cured customers with cancer and AIDS.
Source - Trinidad Express