HERBAL PRODUCT THAT BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR HIV PATIENTS
Posted by African Press International on September 6, 2012
- By MAURICE ALAL
The Kenya government in collaboration with the S&E Bio Technology Development Company from the People’s Republic of China has launched an herbal product ‘Restore Plus Granules’ that research shows to be reducing the morbidity and improve the quality of life to people living with HIV and AIDS.
Restore Plus product is an herbal product developed in recognition that although modern drugs to help immune suppressed subjects regain good health.
The product has been used in China in persons suffering from conditions which cause immunosuppression such as HIV and AIDS. In Kenya the product trials were conducted in conjunction with the Centre for Public Health Research at Kenya Medical Research Institute
The trial with the initial subjects lasted for a period of 22 months and showed beneficial effects such as the reduced incidents of opportunistic infections in the persons suffering from HIV and AIDS.
Restore Plus donated to the Kenya Ministry of Medical Services will be distributed to the affected persons as an addition to the supplies of nutritional supplements currently being procured by the government.
Speaking during the donation of the products at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu City, the Minister for Medical Services Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o said that HIV and AIDS is still one of the major public health challenges in the country and around the world that need to be addressed.
Prof. Nyong’o stated that its effects are widespread and include socio-economic as well as health aspects.
“Although in Kenya we have made great strides in mitigating its effects, there’s still much more to be done. The use of anti-retroviral therapies, which include anti-retroviral medicines and nutritional supplements,” he said.
The minister further said that the use of anti-retroviral has largely enabled a number of Kenyan citizens to continue with their productive lives.
However, in the fight against HIV and AIDS the minister reveals that alternative medicine in Kenyans needs is undergoing development based
on research in the line with the “Global Strategy and Plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property” adopted at the sixty first World Health Assembly in resolution WHA 61.21 in 2008.
The minister said the government, international organizations and other stakeholders need to collaborate in implementing the global strategy and plan of action.
Prof Nyong’o also stated that the ministry is currently reviewing the existing legal instruments and drafting new laws to deal with overlaps in fighting the diseases, clarity responsibilities and make provisions for regulatory activities not covered in the present laws to make sure effective regulations in complementary and alternative medicines.
“We in the ministry will establish systems for the qualification, accreditation or licensing of alternative medicines in line with the Kenya National Pharmaceutical Policy (KNPP) (Sessional paper No.4 of
He further stated that the knowledge of alternative medicine, treatments and practices should be respected, preserved, promoted and communicated widely and appropriately based on the circumstances in each country.
“We have a responsibility for the health of the people and we are
formulating national policies, regulations and standards, as part of
comprehensive national health systems to ensure appropriate, safe and
effective use of traditional medicine,” Prof. Nyong’o emphasized.
However, during the donation of the Restore Plus Granules, the Chairperson of S&E Bio-Technology Development Company Madam Lu Ziyun said that the product should be embraced as it is beneficial to persons with low immunity and restraining viral replication without any harmful side effects.
She said the benefits of Restore Plus Granules included stimulation of the appetite, improve the viral signs and stalled diseases progression without causing any notable side effects. It also reduces respiratory infections, unexplained fevers, skin rashes, diarrhea, cough and fatigue.
Ziyun added that the product increases lymphocytes, CD3, CD4 and white
blood cells as well as enhancing liver and kidney functions urging HIV
Positive persons to make proper use of the products.