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Dr. Renjith K Revi: Homeopathy as alternative medicine

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Can you explain what homeopathy is? Homeopathy is an alternative medical system just like conventional medical system (Allopathy) where you can treat any disease conditions like Allopathy does, from common cold to cancers.

Apart from the conventional medical system, homeopathy and homeopathic medicines do not have any side effects on its consumption and it is safe to take, which makes homeopathy a first option medical system all over the world nowadays. As per WHO, millions of people are using homeopathy around the world and its rate is increasing day by day and it is the second most medical system used after allopathy. How are homeopathic doctors different from conventional medical doctors? Homeopathy does not consider patient in parts, where you need a cardiologist if the heart is affected, for lungs, pumonologist, for kidneys, nephrologist and so on.

Homeopathy is based in “holistic concept” whereby the patient is considered as a whole and it is not to be treated in parts. As per homeopathic concept, all the parts of the body are interrelated and hence, along with treating the disease conditions, the patient should be equally considered and treated. Each and every person is different even though they are having similar disease conditions. Each person has to be evaluated individually and medicines should be selected based on patient’s individuality.

For example, if two people with fever come, one will be feeling chill, another will be feeling hot, another person will be sweating, one will be feeling thirsty, other one will not be feeling thirst at all, you must have experienced all these different symptoms during fever In conventional medicine, all fever is treated with paracetamol whereas homeopathy considers this as different individualistic expressions of disease and each case should be individually treated with different medicines. So, homeopathy carries more than 200 medicines only for fever.

What type of education did you have to pursue to become a homeopath doctor? And why did you decide to become one?

Just like conventional medicine (allopathy) homeopathy is also pursued as a medical degree all over the world and you need to go to a homeopathic medical college to learn homeopathy. Most of the countries, homeopathic medical colleges are attached with homeopathic hospitals and they offer graduation after a period of study of up to four and a half years, followed by one year of internship program in homeopathic dispensaries or homeopathic hospitals for clinical exposure in treating patients.

Can you give us some examples of illnesses that you have effectively treated with homeopathy?

Since homeopathy is a complete medical system, any disease from common cold to cancer can be treated with homeopathy. Homeopathy has got a very good success rate in curative aspect of chronic conditions that are believed to require taking lifelong medicines. Lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol etc. can be treated with homeopathic medicines and they can live without medicines afterwards in very good number of cases. Homeopathic medicines also treat many surgical conditions where surgery is considered as last option, as well as recurrent attacks of cold, flu, sinusitis, migraine.

What is a typical week of work like for you?

The usual days of practice are from Monday to Saturday except Wednesdays. Since the way of case taking is different from conventional medicine and it takes long time compared to conventional medicine to consult with patients. We are not taking more than 10 cases a day so that we could give the best homeopathic care for each patient who comes for our consultation of homeopathy.

Can you describe a basic patient consultation?

Since homeopathy is an individualistic holistic medicine, the homeopath will ask about your mental, physical and emotional symptoms, your functional activities along with the disease condition and it will take 30 minutes to one hour for an average consultation. When you are going to a homeopath, always make sure that you are not in a hurry and take all the past reports and records of your tests, labs, and treatments that will help to assess you precisely and provide you with more precise homeopathic medicines.

Do you collaborate with other practitioners? How important is such collaboration to your work?

Yes, we do. Medical field is an area that requires a collaborative effort. There are cases where Allopathy cannot treat successfully and likewise homeopathy too. So, it’s very important to refer cases between different medical systems and in Botswana, a lot of cases are being referred to homeopathy from conventional doctors as they feel they cannot manage and vice versa.

What are the major challenges that the alternative healthcare field face?

There are not many options for the people to choose alternative medicine, and it is in the initial stage. And a country like Botswana, where our major threat is HIV, there is a lot of scope for homeopathy and other alternative medical systems where conventional medical system is perplexed. Countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana are using homeopathy as an option for HIV cases in their countries.

There are separate ministries under government for alternative medicines in different countries, separate legislation and departments control alternative medicines. Here in Botswana, it’s different and if government can promote alternative medical systems, it can do a lot in a country like Botswana and for Batswana. Maybe in future, when more and more people have benefitted from homeopathy and other alternative medicine systems, it can go to such a stage.

What are some of your professional goals for the future?

Right now, we are located in Riverwalk, Health Alternatives and currently we are not able to manage the patients from such a small premises. Since more and more people are seeking safe and gentle medical methods that can help them without side effects, we are looking forward to moving to a bigger premise. To reach more people, we are planning for free medical camps and services too. From my six years experience in Botswana I feel homeopathy can do well for the incurable and lifestyle diseases.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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