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Hyssop is remedy for HIV, claims herbalist.

29 August 2012, 13:00 Trudy Mbaluku

Hyssop is remedy for HIV, claims herbalist. This is the herb Boniface Nduru is using to treat Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) and other diseases. He claims God’s signature plan- Hyssop, can ameliorate sever effects of the AIDs causing Virus.

Hyssop means ‘, Holy herb’ in Greek. A search in WWW.biblegateway.com reveals that this herb is mentioned ten times in the Old Testament and twice in the New Testament. Moses of the bible used it to cleanse people infected by leprosy and in purifying the sacred t places.

According to Exodus 12:22 the children of Israel were instructed to take a bunch of Hyssop dip into blood and make a sign on both sides of their doorframes. This was for the Angel of the Lord to differentiate the houses of the Israelites and the houses of the Egyptians during the deadly Passover

In Leviticus 14:4 priests used Hyssop with Cedar Wood and scarlet yarn  to cleanse  person regarded as unclean either due to Leprosy or if that person  had  touched a dead body. They also used it to purify burned offerings.

The psalmist once said: “cleanse me with Hyssop… and I shall be whiter than snow.”

During Jesus cruxification the solders soaked a sponge with sour vinegar, put it on a stalk of Hyssop and gave it to Jesus.

With these biblical usages of Hyssop use, Ndura alleges the herb is God’s most beloved plant –His signature plant.

It’s Friday afternoon, a group of men and women start streaming in at kitale Nature Conservancy (KNC). They are carrying 5, 10, and 20 litter Jerry cans. It’s the only day Mr Ndura distributes his medicine free of charge to sick people from the nearby villages.

KNC is indigenous tree conservation project, Ndura initiated 20 years ago. He says he has over 600 medicinal plants.

 According to Ndura, Hyssop extract ameliorates the effects of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).  He alleges it boosts the body immunity.

He says Persons Living With HIV (PLHIV) who he has put on his herbal remedy have reported improved since commencement of treatment.

He keeps record of each patient. He says that he only treats people who have been tested the condition they are suffering from in order to monitor how they respond to his treatment.

“I used to treat all the diseases. But dawa imekua kidogo due to the many patients I receive.  Now am concentrating with HIV positives,” Explains Ndura.

He adds three other herbs to Hyssop, which he boils to extract the pinkish concoction.

“I will not diverge what else I use. That’s my secret,” he laughs, “but Hyssop is the main herb,”

 Even the infamous Loliondo ( Carissa Edulis) is  one of his medicinal plants. However he confirms it’s not among his three.

He worries that if he reveals his other secrete herbs, unscrupulous herbalists might over exploit the plants though unsustainable harvesting.  “ I believe in conservation,” he proudly states.

Ndura sites bio-piracy as one of the challenges alternative medicines faces.  He alludes that it is herbalist who interact with medicinal plant but when they reveal curative herbs to scientists, the scientists analyze the active element in them, and then patent them as their own discovery.

Bio-piracy is a situation whereby rich countries exploit indigenous knowledge of nature for profit without compensation.

Among Ndura’s patients today are eight PLHIV.

Jennifer Kirubo a 65 year old woman has also been on Mr Ndura concoction for 9 months now. She claims that this has made her stronger than when she was on Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) only.

“Previously, someone had to usher me to the toilet. I tell you I was dying but now I am strong. I combine both ARVs and Daktari’s medicine. I can report that I feel stronger than,” narrates kirubo happly.

World Health Organization warns that combining herbal medicine with ARV may lead to Anti- HIV.

We sought to know if she is aware of the danger of combining ARVs and other medicines.

She responds: “I feel better than when is adhering to ARVs only,”

The other Seven HIV positives allege that their health has since improved since they started taking Mr Ndura Hyssop.

They say they have not suffered other opportunistic disease like meningitis, Tuberculosis, which sometime attack PLHIV since they were put on this herbal concoction.

Rapheal Waganjo 34, from Cherengani, about 6km from (KNC) is visiting for the first time. He his HIV positive.

He reveals that he has heard the hails of Ndura’s HIV remedy from other villagers.  His CD4 count is currently 391.

“I started my ARVs last year.  I now want know try daktari’s herbal remedy to see if my CD4 count will go up.”  He plans to se both ARVs and Hyssops extract.

CD4 are a type of white blood cells that fight infections. Keeping your CD4 count high reduces attacks by HIV opportunistic diseases and extends life.

He came with a 20ltr Jerry can to fetch the herbal concoction. He is not lucky today for the medicine has run out. He is told to come the following day for a fill.

According to information posted on www.everydayherbalmedicines, Hyssop can cure 81 medical conditions including Asthma, Cancer, Epilepsy and cold.

 Ndura admits that he does not know the active ingredient in Hyssop which ameliorates the AIDS causing virus.

“I am not endorsing Hyssop extract as HIV cure,” he states “I however challenge researchers to establish the curative element my medicine has.”

“I wish medics can test my patients to determine there viral load before and after taking this concoction, “he adds.

 Viral load is the amount of active HIV in blood.

 Ndura confidently continues: “We have hundreds positive testimonies of people whose health has improved since they started taking hyssop extract.”

 “Look this lady had rushes on her face but after three months of the concoction her face is now clear,” he points at a shy, young lady seated next to him. She is here for a refill too.

PLHIV sometimes develop a rash, which is a sign of an allergic reaction to anti-HIV drugs.

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