December 03, 2008

Myanmar to take measures to enable traditional medicine acceptable

Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe Wednesday called for measures to enable the country's traditional medicine to be acceptable internationally.

"The government is giving effective encouragement to measures for enabling Myanmar traditional medicine to be well-known at the international level by means of improving it through medical research and manufacturing potent Myanmar traditional medicine without infringing their effectiveness and essence in accordance with fine traditions," Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), said in his message to the 9th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners' Conference underway in Nay Pyi Taw.

"With this lofty aim in view, measures are being taken as a pivotal role in the national health policy for promotion and safeguarding of Myanmar traditional medicine and using it effectively and on a wider scale in public healthcare," he noted.

He urged Myanmar traditional medicine practitioners to make collaborative efforts through the conference, taking full advantage of the encouragement and assistance of the government in order to provide better healthcare to the people across the country including rural and border areas through the traditional medicine.

He called for working hard to make Myanmar traditional medicine a genuine national legacy or national prestige to earn a good reputation around the world.

According to the report, SPDC First Secretary Lieutenant- General Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo pointed out at the two-day annual Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners Conference, which was inaugurated Tuesday, that a good headway has been made in combined therapies of Western medicine to cure some major diseases that are resistant to Western medicine, which are outlined as malaria, tuberculosis, hypertension, diabetes, dysentery and diarrhea.

He stressed the need to do research more effectively and on a wider scale to have the Myanmar traditional medicine standardized.

The Myanmar traditional medicine, composed of such ingredients as roots, tubers, bulbs, natural items and animal products, has in a historical perspective, represented the typical Myanmar culture and traditional value and norms.

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