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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Traditional Medicine in Myanmar

Tom Putzer

            

A picture is worth...

a local market in Myanmar 

While shopping in the local markets in Myanmar, you come across a wide range of traditional medicines to prevent or treat just about any ailment or condition. You can find tree bark to promote good vision, qinghao leaf to treat malaria or sweet broom weed for diabetes. And if you ask for it, the shopkeeper will show you a host of herbs that are believed to promote virility and longevity. In Myanmar, up to 80 percent of the country relies on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs.

So, we keep these beliefs in mind as we develop products to prevent malaria transmission. We understand that we may not be successful if we provide something based upon Western research or beliefs. With that in mind, the product solutions we are developing must tap into the local culture, and consider and take inspiration from local ingredients like tanaka, a paste made from ground bark that is applied to the skin to provide a cooling sensation, protection from the sun, and cosmetic benefits. It’s all part of our ongoing efforts to design offerings that ultimately fit into the lives of our end users.

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