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Herbs to be promoted

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Wed, July 21 2010   /  12:06 pm

Indonesia will launch a campaign on the benefits of traditional herbs as a way to cure and prevent various tropical diseases, an expert said. Prof. Agus Purwadianto, head of the Health Ministry's research and health development division, said during the recent congress on tropical and infectious diseases here in Kuta that doctors' associations and researchers supported the government plan to revitalize traditional herbs and to include them in standardized health protocols in official community health centers. "Vaccines are used to prevent diseases but they are quite expensive. Indonesia has abundant traditional herbs that might be used as ingredients for various medicines," he said. The Health Ministry has established a national commission on herbs. The commission, he said, would work on strategies to promote traditional medicines in Indonesia. The first start is to c...