Alemaya University Launches Research on Herbal Medicine
Alemaya, December 11, 2001 (WIC)- The Alemaya University said it has launched research
on herbs used by peasants in Eastern Ethiopia for the traditional treatment of people and
Animal Science Research Team Leader with the University, Driba Dibor, told WIC that the
University in cooperation with the East Hararghe zonal Natural Resource Department has in
the past five months alone collected the necessary data and information on herbal medicine
from 400 peasant traditional veterinarians.
The data and information gathered from the peasants included kinds of herbs prevalent in the
area, the herbal chemistry they use and the types of diseases the herbal medicines are
He said research will start in earnest after completing the collection of herb specimens within
the coming six months, and that once the herbal medicines are proven to conform with the
required medical standard the peasant herbalists will be issued with patent rights.