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Cuba Touts New Medicine as Treatment for Cancer, AIDS

HAVANA – State-run Cuban media outlets announced Tuesday the distribution on the island of a “natural” medicine that can serve to fight AIDS, cancer, malaria, diabetes, arthritis, rheumatism and even memory loss.

“A batch of 160,000 tablets of ‘anamu,’ a new immunostimulatory herbal medicine produced by the Oriente pharmaceutical laboratory, will help patients with cancer and AIDS,” the official AIN news agency said.

It added that anamu – Petiveria alliacea, also commonly known as “garlic weed” due to its strong garlic-like odor – in the form of tea, is also efficacious as an “anti-spasmotic, diuretic, stimulant and sudorific, local analgesic and anti-inflamatory in different skin complaints, and it is used against arthritis, malaria, rheumatism and memory problems.”

“The tablet, 400 milligrams and completely natural, will be supplied initially in oncology treatment and for patients with the AIDS virus in the province of Santiago de Cuba, where its effectiveness will be verified, according to its immune response ... in the human organism.”

AIN quotes Martha Zoe, a specialist in natural medicine, who explained that the pills are made from powdered leaves and young stems of anamu, a grassy herb that grows wild in Cuba, as well as in tropical areas of the Caribbean, South America and Africa.

“The tablets already have the first health registration, backed by ethnomedical reports on the plant and research linked with its traditional use and reported benefits,” the report adds.

The Cuban health care system, one of the keystones of the revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959, already administers other similar products to patients, including a recent “homeopathic complex” that allegedly increases the body’s defenses against the AH1N1 flu virus. EFE
 

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