Myanmar sets up herbal park to promote traditional medicines
Yangon : Myanmar has set up the first national herbal park in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw to grow herbal and medicinal plants, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.
The herbal park is part of the government's efforts to protect and preserve the time-tested herbs from depletion and extinction and to keep alive the country's traditional system of medicines.
Over 20,000 herbal and medicinal plants of over 700 species from some 10 states and divisions for producing medicines used in treating diseases like cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hypertension, diabetes, malaria and tuberculosis are being grown in the 81-hectare park, the report said.
The government has urged the practitioners of traditional medicines to strive for the promotion of the standard of the country's traditional medicine.
According to the health authorities, Myanmar has made arrangements for the development of the traditional medicine in line with the set standards, opening diploma courses and practitioner courses to train skilled physicians in the field.
The government in January 2002 established the Myanmar Traditional University in Mandalay, the country's second largest city.