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Feb 27, 2014
Justine Crono

SHOPPING FINDS / Soap made from herbs, clean water

Kiyota Higa / Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentTAIPEI—In Taiwan, where pharmacies specializing in Chinese herbal medicine are easily spotted on the street, soap made from materials that include Chinese herbal medicine is popular among health-conscious women.

Soap made by Yuan Workshop Co., a cosmetic maker in Xinbei or New Taipei, in northern Taiwan, is the most popular. The soap, made using clean water from Yangmingshan, a beauty spot in the suburbs of Taipei, and organic medicinal herbs, is highly esteemed.

The company’s Wild Mugwort Soap is a very popular product, selling about 100,000 pieces annually. The soap is believed to have bactericidal action and is effective for pimples. Although the price is slightly high, as a cake of soap costs 300 Taiwan dollars (about ¥1,050), the company intends to continue producing it by hand, as the delicate herbal components could be damaged if it is made by machine.

The founder of the company, who had been troubled by a skin allergy, established the company nine years ago, combining business and health improvement. There are more than 10 directly managed stores in the country.

Michonne Chiu, 40, manager of the company’s Danshui shop in Xinbei, touted the merits of the soap by showing her own beautiful skin. “I use our company’s soap every day,” she said.

Feb 26, 2014
Justine Crono

Some new moms having placentas made into pills post-birth

Many mammals ingest their placenta after birth, and while it’s not something that humans commonly do, some new moms are choosing to try something called placenta encapsulation in an effort to be healthy after birth.

“I think it’s a good idea. Call me crazy,” said new mom Karli von Herbulis in January.

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She wanted to make sure she did everything she could to be healthy and happy after childbirth, so she decided to have her placenta encapsulated.

“My pregnancy was managed through acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which I think led me to have a very healthy pregnancy, and this seems like a natural progression of having the pregnancy managed in that way,” von Herbulis said.

She hired Lauren Agro, a certified placenta encapsulation specialist with a company called Placenta Benefits. Agro said taking the capsules helps to replenish iron, shrink the uterus and lessen the bleeding after childbirth.

“It’s also going to help them with their energy. It’s going to increase their mood and balance their hormones after childbirth. It’s going to help their milk production by increasing the amount of milk that they make,” Agro said.

In Maryland, birthing facilities by law must allow a family to take the baby’s placenta home. It then goes into a cooler until Agro can get to the family’s home, usually within two days of the birth.

The process to encapsulate begins with Agro sanitizing the kitchen with a 10 percent bleach solution. First, Agro said she examines the placenta to make sure it’s healthy and suitable for encapsulation. Then she makes sure the blood is drained from the placenta, and she cleans it.

Agro then puts the placenta into a pot with Chinese medicinal herbs and steams it for 20 minutes, reaching 165-170 degrees to kill bacteria and blood-borne pathogens.

When it’s done, Agro said she slices it up, puts the placenta pieces into a dehydrator for 12 hours and returns the next day. After checking to make sure it’s dry, she grinds it up and puts it into capsules that mothers will begin using that day.

No guidelines to govern process

There are no laws or guidelines governing the process, 11 News I-Team reporter Lisa Robinson said.

Agro said she thinks regulations would be good. She said people should look for someone who has food safety training like herself, in addition to following other safety measures.

“We do follow OSHA practices for blood-borne pathogens, and we also follow EPA regulations about operating in a small laboratory,” Agro said.

“What do you have to say to people watching who say this is crazy?” Robinson asked.

“If you think it’s crazy, that’s OK. You are allowed to think that at first, but I’d like to get the idea out there so people can start doing their research and really start thinking about what they want in the first weeks of postpartum,” Agro said.

What do doctors think?

Dr. Stephen Contag, a doctor of maternal and fetal medicine at Sinai Hospital, weighed in on mainstream medicine’s thoughts on the matter.

“Is there any evidence this even works?” Robinson asked him.

“Mood disorder, nutritional supplementation, hormonal supplementation, lactation support — there really is not evidence for any of it,” Contag said.

But he said there does appear to be a placebo effect in that the process is empowering for the woman.

“If anything, it gives that feeling that they are in charge of what’s happening during the process of delivery and what’s happening to the placenta,” Contag said.

“I think the results will speak for themselves,” von Herbulis said.

The I-Team contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which recommended consumers avoid dietary supplements and other food products containing human placenta, saying the risk of bacterial infection is significant.

Robinson spoke with von Herbulis again recently. She said she has no regrets and that her energy is up, her milk came in quickly, she’s sleeping well and she’s in a great mood. 

Feb 25, 2014
Justine Crono

Herbs to Help Fight Influenza

Healing Herbs

Experts debate about the effectiveness of using herbal medicines in preventing influenza and other kinds of diseases because of a lack of evidence. However, others have no doubts about their efficacy. The fact remains that some herbs possess qualities that help the body become strong enough to fight off sickness. But it is important to consult with a medical professional before taking any herbal medicines.

Garlic

There are certain characteristics of garlic that make it effective at enhancing white blood cells, which are the body’s first defense against many infections and illnesses. A research study published on the capabilities of garlic  was included in the Journal of the National Medical Association. The study was initiated by Dr. Tariq Abdullah.

According to Abdullah, garlic’s efficacy is proven at the onset of the flu. It can be taken with honey and chewed in cloves. This way of consuming it helps with easy absorption. The fumes from garlic can make their way through the sinuses, while swallowing it can be beneficial to the gastrointestinal tract.

Echinacea

This is another popular herbal remedy. It is well regarded for its ability to enhance the immune system. It also has unique properties that can help ease pain and inflammation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. There are supplements on the market now that are made from dried echinacea. Certain precautions should be observed, however, when consuming this herb, especially for people who are taking immuno-suppressant medication. To avoid risks and reap only the benefits, the advice of a specialist should be sought.

Slippery elm

This herb also has positive effects to the immune system. It specifically works to protect any damaged tissue. Slippery elm can also protect the esophagus, stomach, intestine lining and throat.

Elderberry

This is another effective herbal medicine that works well in flu cases where the respiratory tract is compromised. It helps relieve muscle pain and sore throats and effectively lowers fever. Elderberry has long been considered a stimulant for the immune system and its extract should be taken as soon as the first symptoms of sickness are experienced.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is effective at treating coughs. It can also help relieve the common symptoms of cold and flu. The fresh leaves of Eucalyptus can either be used as a tea, or gargled to relieve pain in the throat. It can also be applied as an ointment for relief.

There are other medicinal herbs that help the human body fight off sicknesses such as influenza. But since they  may interfere with other medications, individuals are reminded against self-medicating. Health is at stake, so proper consultation with a specialist is critical.

Read more: Natural News

Feb 24, 2014
Justine Crono

Taller De Faciales Ayurveda (Ayurvedic Facials Course) Offered by Escuela De …

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An ayurvedic facial works not only to balance the skin, but is a therapy for mind-body-spirit.

Caracas, Venezuela (PRWEB) February 24, 2014

The internationally recognized institution will host its yearly training in Spanish in Bogota, Colombia in November 2014. The ayurvedic program (medicina ayurvedica) will be held in November 2014.

Ayurvedic facials (faciales ayurvedicos) restore the balance of the doshas in the skin of the face. During this 21 hour hands-on program, students will learn the beautiful and relaxing art of providing an Ayurvedic facial. Students will work in groups of two, giving and receiving facials. Student will learn a multi-part procedure that includes the application of oils, heat and massage to the face followed by the application of skin care therapy. This is a very popular spa therapy to support the return to one’s natural beauty. For more information, please visit: http://www.escuelaayurveda.com/recursos/programas/talleres/faciales-ayurvedicos.

Ayurveda healing modality has been practiced for over 5,000 years. In Ayurvedic medicine (medicina Ayurveda), it is believed that health begins when an individual lives in harmony with their environment, having a profound understanding of their individual needs.

Ayurveda aims to heal an individual on all levels (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) by using a variety of healing treatments including medicinal herbs, Ayurvedic diet, color therapy, aromatherapy, sound, lifestyle recommendations, panchakarma, meditation and yoga.

Educational opportunities in Ayurveda are limited in Spanish. The Escuela de Ayurveda de California is proud to announce that the opening of its live internet program starting in the November, 2014. For more details, please call (530) 616 8332 or visit http://www.EscuelaAyurveda.com.

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Feb 23, 2014
Justine Crono

Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

Diver wrestles giant octopus

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Feb 22, 2014
Justine Crono

The vaporizer that marijuana users will spend $600 on, and the health …

With marijuana legalization spreading in the US, the cannabis industry is booming. One company set to reap the benefits is VapeXhale, makers of a high-tech vaporizer, a device used to extract the active ingredients in marijuana and other smokable substances—medicinal herbs like chamomile, for instance, or tobacco.

When people smoke, most of the carcinogens are released by the combustion of the plant material. Vaporizers theoretically avoid setting the weed aflame by heating it just enough to produce vapor, not smoke. They can work by either conduction—a direct heating source—or convection, where heated air is pushed up to the plant material. While the former is cheaper and simpler, the latter has less risk of accidental combustion, so should produce a cleaner vapor. This infographic explains the difference.

Just how high-tech can a vape get? The simplest are vape pens (or electronic cigarettes) which can cost as little as $10. But most devices, using a combination of conduction and convection, cost a couple hundred dollars. VapExhale’s Cloud EVO costs $600. But its creators say that its design—all-glass insides, circulating air, and water pipe head—provides the cleanest, most efficient vapor on the market.

VapExhale is located in San Francisco, where medical use of marijuana is legal, but after a successful crowdfunding campaign over the summer, the Cloud EVO is being sold to medical—and, let’s face it, recreational—users all over. We spoke to founder and CEO Seibo Shen about where the industry is going and why he thinks giving consumers a higher high is more fulfilling than working for Yammer.

Q: You started out in the software industry—sales for Jigsaw, Successfactors, E2open, and Yammer—so why vaporizers?

Seibo Shen: Well, I’ve been vaping since 1997. I’m allergic to alcohol, so when I first discovered pot, I was like, this is awesome! Except for the smoking part. I’ve always been a health nut. I got interested in vaporizers because they’re healthier than the alternative. Selling software was great, but I was pushing products that replaced human workers. People were getting fired.

When I first started this, people said I was an idiot. I’d worked at four different companies with successful exits. That’s supposed to be the dream, but I was getting less joy out of it every time. Now I feel like I’m doing some good.

Q: So who’s going to buy a $600 device for getting high? And is that changing with legalization?

SS: There’s going to be a much more vocal demographic of cannabis users. The landscape is really changing. A lot of our customers are actually 50 or older—they’re medical users, and they want the highest, healthiest dose in the shortest period of time, which is what we offer.

I’m excited to see the stigma decrease. You’ll see more people like me—suit and tie cannabis smokers. Of course there will be a lot of recreational users, but if we’re going to point fingers at the dangers of recreational pot, let’s point fingers at big pharma and tobacco, too. I dose twice a day, and it’s helped me a lot. I have problems with low appetite and back pain, and this makes my life better. That’s true for a lot of people—lives are improved.

Q: But can inhalants ever really be healthy?

SS: Obviously, the best thing for your lungs is clean air. But studies have shown that a lot of the toxins and carcinogens associated with smoking are avoided with vaporization—98% of carcinogens don’t show up. We’re hoping to sponsor some more scientific studies that use our device specifically, because we think we’ve improved on those figures a lot. In a lot of vaporizers, for example, the air path isn’t separated from the electrical components, so you have to worry about fumes and particulates when you get to a certain temperature. We fixed that, and we also use a glass heater in the device. Most vapes use ceramic, but glass is inert and nonreactive. It’s more expensive, but it’s a better choice. I mean, think about drinking fine wine. You put it in a glass because it won’t react with the wine and change the flavor. Cannabis has flavor too!

Feb 21, 2014
Justine Crono

Eco-friendly Movers Think Outside the Box – Press

A young Murrieta couple has launched a business by thinking outside of the box – or more precisely, out of the cardboard box. Shane Cheek, 32, and his wife Erica, 31, are founders of their home-based EnduroBox, a paper-free, no waste, eco-friendly rental moving box company. The containers, which can be stacked 20 feet, are made of reusable, recyclable plastic. “Like Tupperware,” Erica said, “only much stronger.”

The concept is simple. Customers call or visit the website for rentals. Within a 50-mile radius, from Lake Elsinore to San Diego, the Cheeks will drive door to door for deliveries and retrievals. EnduroBox’s most popular package offers 50 boxes for a week at $118, which includes delivery, pickup, dolly and taxes. Two weeks costs $177.

“We’re finding that most people aren’t moving far, but mostly down the street,” Erica said.

For information, call 1-888-365-5370.

BOXER, BEAGLE OR BICHON?

I don’t have a dog, but I’m smitten with columnist Dan Bernstein’s furlicious live-ins, Marvin the elder and Sherman the pupster. Even though they’re Old English sheepdogs, they often visit the newsroom, which I guess makes them news hounds. But Marvin, our “therapy dog,” pads around most Friday afternoons to suss out our waste baskets and soothe us like a giant plush toy. Sherman, more comedic than calming, turns me into a goofy face-making, baby-talking aunt.

There’s a less empirical way — but admittedly not as much fun — to discover that sheepdogs are sweet, gentle and clownish. Juan Garcia, 24, a Colton resident and owner of two pooches, has come up with an app. It’s www.Petplex.com, a landing site for Iphone/iPod and Android platforms.

Garcia began barking up that tree three years ago in his design school marketing class. “I liked the idea that if you know nothing about dogs, you’d have everything at your fingertips all at once on more than 250 breeds,” Garcia told me.

The app’s development cost him $3,500. Garcia, a fulltime graphic designer for a marketing company in Upland, considers PetPlex more comprehensive than competitors’ offerings. “They don’t tell you which breeds are good with children, which dogs need more exercise or grooming,” he said. “On my app you can find out that Tibetan mastiffs can grow to over 200 pounds and aren’t good for first-time dog owners.”

FROM CARS TO CARDAMOM

Working more than two decades for Acura, Tom Yost was making nearly $200,000 a year. A broken neck from a car accident in 2008 ended that career. “For two years I was mean and angry and couldn’t function,” said Yost, 55. He decided to get his hands dirty after his wife Linda, a fabulous cook, hunted down dill at four local markets in about as many hours. “I could grow dill in the time you were gone,” Yost told her. Intrigued by the challenge, he planted the herb himself. “God had other plans for me,” he said.

Soon the former Marine was cultivating 10 herbs in his garden on the quarter acre of their Riverside home. At first, he gave everything away. Yost became an organic certified producer of culinary, cosmetic and medicinal herbs and launched Carol Gardens four years ago. The name pays homage to his mother, Carol Yost, who died 25 years ago at 50 of ovarian cancer.

Today Yost grows about 80 plants, including cardamom, ghost pepper, Carolina reaper and seasonal vegetables. You can find Yost from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays at Main Street at Williams-Sonoma in Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Riverside Certified Farmers Market, 3537 Main St.; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays at Second Street and Indianhill Avenue in Claremont Village.

Even though in a good month, he can pull in lots of lettuce, “it’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s my passion. It’s the most wonderful thing inspiring people to grow gardens. It’s my passion. Fifteen minutes working in the garden is the best mental therapy.”

Visit his website: www.carolgardens.com

Contact Laurie Lucas at 951-368-9559 or llucas@pe.com

Feb 20, 2014
Justine Crono

Preserving the Natural Resources and Culture of Chinese Herbal Medicine

By Eric Brand, LAc

As the world experiences unprecedented population growth and ever-increasing ecological pressures, the topic of preserving Chinese medicine’s natural resources has attracted steadily increasing attention from practitioners.

The holistic nature of Chinese medicine tends to attract people with a passion for ecological sustainability to begin with, and the constant stream of alarming media reports about pollution in China keeps the topic of TCM ecology in the spotlight for many clinicians and patients. Practitioners are frequently confronted with patient questions and media reports about pesticides, contaminants, and endangered species in the Chinese medicine industry, and all too often we fail to clarify the facts surrounding these issues effectively to the community around us.

Most Western practitioners gravitate towards Chinese medicine because we want to help patients, so our examinations and schools tend to naturally focus on clinical knowledge rather than specialized disciplines such as herbal pharmacy. Although practitioners are often passionately concerned about the quality, safety, and ethics of the herbs they prescribe, the precise origins and growing conditions of the dried, sliced Chinese herbs seen in the pharmacy remain shrouded in mystery for many practitioners. By better understanding where our herbs come from, we can better communicate with our patients about important questions related to herbal safety and ecology.

Preserving Herbal Resources

Protecting the planet’s natural resources is essential for the long-term future of Chinese medicine. In ancient times, wild plants were widely used in Chinese medicine, and many herbs remain primarily collected from wild sources. Although many medicinal herbs remain abundant in the wild, gradually increasing demand and finite limits to wild populations has spurred cultivation for centuries.





In some cases, herbal resources have been inadequate throughout long stretches of history. For example, wild Asian ginseng was originally found across a relatively wide geographic range in China prior to the Song Dynasty, but some of the ginseng production regions that were praised by ancient texts no longer have intact populations of wild ginseng remaining. As Asian ginseng became increasingly scarce, codonopsis and American ginseng emerged as substitutes, and both herbs entered the materia medica literature at the same time in the mid-18th century. Wild ginseng held on by a thread in Northeastern China, largely due to the closure of large forest areas by Imperial decree in the Qing Dynasty. Today, all Asian ginseng used clinically in Chinese medicine comes from cultivated sources, and genuine wild specimens are exceedingly rare.

In the modern day, over 150 common Chinese herbs are primarily derived from cultivated plants. Many herbs have been cultivated for centuries, such as Bai Zhi, Di Huang, and Huang Lian, and abundant ancient records describe their ideal growing regions, features, and processing methods. 

Over time, new cultivation techniques have arisen, such as the use of cell culture to propagate plants that cannot be easily cultivated by seed. Herbs such as Bai Ji, Tian Ma, and Shi Hu are cultivated in glass jars using cell culture, which has brought Shi Hu and Tian Ma back from the threat of extinction and will help preserve Bai Ji’s wild resources. Other herbs, such as Fu Ling, benefit from sustainable harvesting methods utilizing pine trees that are cultivated on terraces and inoculated with the poria fungus, eliminating the need to damage wild pine trees. While most plants that can be easily grown have already been cultivated for centuries, these innovative techniques make it possible to cultivate technically challenging plants that would otherwise be unsustainable based on their limited wild resources.

As practitioners, our patients often ask us about issues of endangered species in Chinese medicine. In the media, our patients read about cases such as the recent six-month endangered species sting that generated a £ 20,000 fine for a prominent TCM company in downtown London, while the real story of how the London police managed to waste six months of endangered species enforcement resources on a few bottles of granules made from obviously cultivated plants goes unnoticed. One can’t help but wonder how much ivory trafficking could have been prevented if some literature review or even a decent Google search was considered before they went after the Mu Xiang granules.

Granted, we can’t solve all the perception problems about Chinese herbs and endangered species overnight, but we can save our patients a lot of trouble and stress by being well informed about the ecological background of the herbs that we use.

Preserving Medicinal Authenticity

The art of identifying genuine medicinal materials has been central to quality control in Chinese herbal medicine for millennia. Although illustrated texts and written descriptions have been used to transmit knowledge surrounding Chinese medicinal identification for well over a thousand years, avoiding misidentified herbs and inferior products has been an issue for herbalists throughout history. As a result, the traditional techniques that developed over the centuries to identify Chinese medicinals based on their macroscopic features remain highly relevant today.

Writing in the 6th century A.D., the physician Tao Hongjing summarized the challenges of the ancient herbal marketplace in the following timeless quote: “Many doctors do not recognize medicinals, and only listen to the vendors; the vendors are not experts and trust those that collect and distribute [medicines]. Those who collect and distribute rely on inherited [knowledge] and cannot distinguish genuine vs. inauthentic, good vs. bad.” As practitioners in the modern era, we have the luxury of having many reliable suppliers with excellent quality control practices to choose from, but we nevertheless must remain proactive to minimize the degree to which Tao’s statement rings true today.

In the modern day, the Chinese Pharmacopoeia serves as the guiding authority on the official botanical origin of most common Chinese medicinal materials, and it also provides the standard testing methods used for their identification. Another fantastic resource is the Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards series, which stands out as one of the most freely accessible and authoritative sources of information on Chinese medicinal authentication; the monographs are available for free online here: www.cmd.gov.hk/html/eng/service/hkcmms/cmmlist.html

In China, authenticated reference standards of Chinese herbs are provided by the National Institute for Drug Control (NIDC) for use in analytical testing and confirmation of botanical identity. China’s laws on GMP manufacturing for herbal products, like those of the U.S., emphasize the correct botanical identification of the herbal materials that are used, and manufacturers such as granule extract companies routinely use thin layer chromatography (TLC) to identify over 400 individual single herbs.

The importance of authentication of medicinal materials and retention of voucher specimens is emphasized in the current NIH guidelines for herbal medicine research, and numerous U.S.-based groups are currently developing authentication resources. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia recently announced an increased level of cooperation to advance quality control standards, and the recent decision of the USP to create monographs on herbal medicines instead of simply dietary supplements marks a historic milestone. Additionally, a number of other U.S. organizations have been very active in the field of botanical identification in recent years, including the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), and the American Botanical Council (ABC).

Preserving Materia Medica Culture

In addition to preserving Chinese herbal medicine’s physical resources, such as wild plant reserves and prime cultivation environments, the culture surrounding Chinese materia medica literature is worthy of preservation. For centuries, encyclopedic materia medica texts have recorded knowledge about herbal quality, processing, growing regions, and clinical applications, and these texts exemplify a cultural tradition of scholarship that lives on to the present day.

We are rapidly approaching the 500th birthday of Li Shizhen, the author of the Ben Cao Gang Mu (Grand Compendium of Materia Medica). The Ben Cao Gang Mu represents the peak of the traditional Chinese materia medica literature, written based on Li Shizhen’s extensive personal travels and deep textual research.  More than just an herbal encyclopedia, Li used the Ben Cao Gang Mu to illustrate a comprehensive and novel approach to the classification of nature as a whole, recording knowledge that remains relevant across many disciplines up to the present day. 

As Chinese medicine increases in popularity in the West, we should endeavor to preserve the tradition of scholarship that lies at the essence of materia medica research, just as we protect the plants themselves.

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Eric Brand graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and has extensive experience studying n mainland China and Taiwan. He is a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the co-chair of International Affairs for the AAAOM.

 

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Feb 19, 2014
Justine Crono

Museveni commissions works for multimillion dollar economic ……

By Vision Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has called for the protection of government land including that vacated by refugees saying it can be used to attract investors who will build growth centres to attract people from poverty.

“I have brought you these rich people to get you out of poverty. This land used to belong to West Mengo Cooperative society but after the war we bought it for the army. When we got Turkish investors looking for land to invest, I said we have our land here. Our people need weapons, bullets, uniform etc, these people want to put factories here, a modern abattoir, milk and fruit processing plants, a facility for modern agro production and a factory with equipment for textiles. They are also interested in medicinal herbs and aromatic herbs which our local people know. These cost a lot of money abroad. This will become a town for factories, a growth centre to attract people from poverty,” he said.

The President was Tuesday presiding over the ground breaking ceremony for a US$300million, 18 square miles facility that will also house a beef production zone, host a world class abattoir to consume about 400 cows a day, breeding of new strains of livestock, feeding and production areas, slaughter houses, packing facilities and maintenance hall for the cattle depository.

The development follows an earlier meeting in 2012 during which President Museveni held talks with the Turkish investors led by the ASB Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sitki Ayan over business opportunities in Uganda particularly the creation of a special economic zone.

The President warned Ugandans against land fragmentation saying it creates problems and does not attract investments said there is a lot of market in Turkey for products such as coffee which will be produced and processed here before export.

On the issue of compensation for the 149 families displaced by the development, President Museveni wondered why they would be compensated since they are the ones who encroached on government land.

He however said all families should be registered while a solution for them is sought. He pledged to provide two milk cooler trucks for the sub counties of Kanyogoga and Ngoma to collect milk for sell in Kampala.

The President also directed local leaders to investigate and cause to be arrested people involved in bush burning, an activity which has led to the destruction of various pine forests worth billions of shillings. He also pledged to provide two water tankers to large scale cattle keepers who want to transport water for their animals as long as they fuel them.

ASB Group Chairman Sitki Ayan said the project once completed will be the biggest in the world and will provide contract farming for locals, create vast employment opportunities and provide modern technology in environmental and infrastructure development.

He said Uganda has the potential to be the centre for production, distribution and processing for the whole of Africa. Turkey already has its largest textile industry in Ethiopia and with such a big investment in beef production Uganda will have secured a major business development.

According to statistics, trade between Turkey and Uganda has grown in the past decade from about sh4.6b in 2003 to about sh51b in 2009.

The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, General Charles Angina said the investment will empower them economically and strengthen their means to improve their defence and weaponry systems.

Initially the Uganda Land Commission led by the Chairman Baguma Isoke exchanged agreements with the Turkish investors to cement the deal for the special economic zone programme witnessed by the Minister of state for Finance in charge of planning Matia Kasaija.

 

Feb 18, 2014
Justine Crono

Spice-dyed healing cloth to hit market

Spice-dyed healing cloth to hit market

T K Devasia / 17 February 2014

The cloth spiced with aroma as well as healing properties has been developed by Kerala-based Spices Board of India.


After ayurveda clothes, spice-dyed fabrics are set to hit the booming garment market.

The cloth spiced with aroma as well as healing properties has been developed by Kerala-based Spices Board of India. The unique eco-friendly product has become a hot topic of discussion at the World Spice Congress going on at Cochin now.

The garments are now available in turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon varieties. Other varieties will be added after the market response to the present varieties is known, said a senior Spices Board official.

The spice clothes are a blend of cloth, spices and medicinal herbs. The official said that the medicinal properties in the cloth will cure different ailments. The healing properties are absorbed by the skin.

The garment costs at least 20-25 per cent more than ordinary cloth. The Spices Board is planning to focus on domestic market initially. The flavoured clothes will be initially available at the board’s signature shop at a leading shopping mall in the port city. Spices Board chairman A Jayathilak said that the strategy for taking the product to the international market will be discussed at the Spice Congress. Many foreign countries and airport outlets have evinced keen interest in the product.

The product is part of the Spices Board’s initiatives to explore new avenues for value-added products. More than 90 per cent of the spice is now used for culinary purposes. Jayathilak said that the board was exploring non-traditional uses in a big way to sustain spices cultivation. The spice chocolate launched by the board last year turned out to be a big hit. The spices board chief said the chocolates were well appreciated in the World Economic Forum in Davos.

India is currently exporting majority of the spices it produces mostly in raw form. The country is currently producing 2.7 million tones of spices annually. India has more than 50 varieties of spice. 

Spice farmers and handloom workers are upbeat over the new product. Satish Kumar K of the Handloom Weavers’ Development Society said both farmers and the handloom workers would benefit from these products.

The Society, which is already manufacturing the ayurveda clothes, will be producing the spice clothes. The herbal clothes are now available in different forms like kurtas, salwar suits, bedcovers, pillow covers and night gowns.

Roots, flowers, leaves, seeds and barks of around 200 herbs are used to make the dyes for the ayurveda garments. The cloth material is mostly cotton and silk though there are a few sample pieces in wool and jute too.

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