Medicinal products from bees
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CTA. 2007. Medicinal products from bees. Rural Radio Resource Pack 07/2. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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Use of honey, royal jelly and bee venom to make various medical remedies for problems such as ulcers and fungus.
Medicinal products from bees Cue: Honey has been used as a form of medicine since ancient times. But while honey medicine might normally be associated with traditional healers, in recent years, the value of honey as a tool for fighting bacteria has been increasingly recognised by hospital-trained doctors. And it is not only honey that can be used to support human health. Other bee products such as royal jelly and bee venom are also widely used, particularly in Japan, the world?s leading importer of medicinal bee products. Some people claim that royal jelly, a substance produced by worker bees as a food for the queen bee, can offer a wide range of medical benefits. While these claims have not yet been fully backed up by science, royal jelly does have anti-bacterial properties and is a concentrated source of nutrients. People living in Arumeru district in northern Tanzania are very familiar with the healing powers of honey. Traditional healers in the area use honey to treat coughs, stomach ulcers, malaria and burns. Local organisation Dakika trains women?s groups to produce honey, both for sale and for the production of medicines. These are sold in various outlets, both within Tanzania and further afield. Lazarus Laiser visited the Dakika headquarters and spoke to extension officer David Pallangyo and to Celina Peter, one of the members. He asked Celina to describe the activities the organisation is involved in. IN: ?We have so many activities we ? OUT: ?our product has good quality.? DUR?N: 3?58? BACK ANNOUNCEMENT: David Pallangyo, a beekeeping extension worker, describing the medicinal products made by the Dakika organisation in northern Tanzania. The interview comes from a radio resource pack produced by CTA. Transcript Peter We have so many activities we do in the Dakika group. Most of all is beekeeping and education, we deal about education. Laiser When did you start with beekeeping? Peter Beekeeping was started in 1991. Laiser So you get a kind of training? Peter In our group we get so many seminars in how to make beehives, and we are using traditional beehives and modern beehives, and how to get beehives, we are making ourselves. Examples of traditional hives, we have log hives and bar hives. In modern, we have commercial or moveable frame, and Tanzania top-bar. Pallangyo My name is David Pallangyo. I am a beekeeping extension officer in Dakika group. Laiser What are your key points in Dakika? Pallangyo (Vernac) For one to succeed in beekeeping it is good to search for advice from professionals in beekeeping. This will help you to get good honey from the hive safely, without breaking the honeycombs. Also, the use of smoke pipe is helping to avoid burning the forest and also to avoid disturbance to the environment and bees. It is also recommended to use equipment for bees. These equipments would help to protect from bees stings. And the equipments are like gumboots, an overall, face cap, gloves and smoke pipe. Laiser Celina, how do you market your product, your honey and other honey products? Peter We market our product in Tanzania and in the outside of Tanzania. Because in this group we have so many centres outside of the country. We have the centre of Mombassa and Uganda. We take the medicine ourselves and we go everywhere to sell, for example to the markets or to any centre. The bee products are honey, wax, royal jelly, and bee venom. Laiser Which medicines are you, Dakika, able to make and produce from the bee products? Peter They are royal jelly. From royal jelly we can get the medicine which is called temu. Temu is used to treat fungus. And from honey we can get the medicine called ngenuwa and moru. Ngenuwa we treat the ulcers and moru we treat cancer. From bee venom we can get tanika. Tanika is the medicine used to treat joints. Laiser Is it allowed by the government for you to continue in the business of producing the medicines? Peter The regional pharmacist, they accept our products, and give us permission to sell our medicine in different places inside the country and outside the country. Laiser How do you ensure cleanliness of the products? Pallangyo (Vernac) We are quite sure of the cleanliness of the products. In the room where the production is being carried out, nobody is allowed to get into the room, except the one who is making the product. For example, the one who is making what we call temu medicine will be dealing with that only, and nobody else. Many people come back to give us some feedback that the medicine has helped them, and that is really good for us. So we are very proud that our product has good quality. End of track.