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Roots women roots: herbolaria

Ancients have plants to combat every disease, but as we became citizens, we live that knowledge to the pharmaceuticals. So what if we get back to that medicine? What if we turn herbalist as the medicine to cure Caldas and other cities?. All we need to do is re-train the women in how to prepare them efficiently (an exact dose, an exact function).. and maybe, we could turn Caldas onto the larger producer of herbalist in Colombia, and export to other places, other countries... to the whole world.

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Our ancestors have the wisdom, the skills for turning out plants into great remedies for illness, but somewhere along the way, we leave that pharmaceuticals, What pharma does is give cure for modern diseases, precise dosis and a very good branding to believe that it will work out.

Not only is allopathy
But we have other things that allopathy, accupunture, yoga, meditation, homeopathy, and herbalist. For some cultures, herbalist has the cure for everything. In places like Mexico you could find "mercados" (like the Sonora one, in Mexico City) that is a big big business, and its based on herbalist and other alternative therapies.

Take a train
All we need to do is document how we can treat illness that the ones that people form Caldas suffer, and first, based on ideas as earthboxes, or mushroom in a box, farm the plants there. And then, train the people on how to use them based on doctor's order. That's where ideas like Franchise Clinic could apply so well.

Women will be the ones responsible of the crops, and the knowledge, because with that we can re-insert the culture there and as generations go by, they will bring on this practice.

Investment
But also, with a little investment, we could turn herbalist into a business. Women in Caldas will produce the medicines, package them, and then send them to other places.

The way I see this, Caldas could turn out into the larger producer of herbalist in Colombia, and possibly, in the world.
 
Updated information
Herbalism has a very large group of supporter's as well as detractors. Its very important to mention that has been scientific approaches in the course of humankind, specially we can point out China as a continuos researcher over the field. Doctors & researcher goes to China from all over the world to learn 'alternative medicine', so its proven that works as well as allopathy (thanks to Eric from Architecture Commons from his great contribuition in this reference).
 
Another country that goes beyond suspicion in herbalism, proving it works well as an effective therapy is India. As Meena Kadri said "the government set up at Department of AYUSH in 2003 (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy which supports research, development, education, quality, availability and awareness of various strands of local *non-allopathic* healthcare".
 
It is also important to mention that Mexico has been a constant developer in this field, and the Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo is constantly going over the benefits of plants (they have a Nutrition Laboratory that does this kind of research - http://www.anuies.mx/servicios/d_estrategicos/afiliadas/126.html-). For more, take a look at http://www.chapingo.mx/.
 
Herbalism, even its as old as society itself, has a growing interest because it has shown to be more sustainable (natural) as allopathy. There's a couple of sites ovre the internet where we can find treatments for special illnesses, as Avi Solomon. One good link is http://www.plant-medicine.com/
 
We all know that are a sum of sceptics that want to show us that allopathy is the only precise medicine, but the idea of this project, is also encouraging a efficent development in herbalism, so we respond seriously to people diseses. We can't take people's health as a 'experiment', that's why a good documentation is a tour-de-force.
 
Thanks to Eric, Avi and Meena for their great contribuition to this concept.

How do you envision this idea making money?

First of all, Caldas could supply herbalist attention to other places. They will farm the plants, crop them and transform them into remedies/medicines. They will export them to other places, and we could also brand a whole company that make more natural medicines & drugs.

Second, Caldas will have the equipment for creating the whole process, so we need to do is supply the medicines to other places.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

We will make a turn not hoping large pharmaceuticals will give us the medicines people in Caldas need, and with that, Caldas will have all the medicines that they need, so health will overcome in a mayor sense.

Second, the social vibe of creating medicines that "save people" will make women proud, and with proud women, we will have a pride society.

Third, mothers will continue this herbal culture to their kids, so Caldas will turn into a breaking culture for living (in the broader term) from herbalist.

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

It will bring first of all wisdom to the people, then activities to use it. In that part, people will become creative on what they can do with their knowledge.

It will bring activities and something to learn from the older ones, which is greatful because not only is part of the culture, but because it is business (I mean, it is what give you a better life).

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

Document what plants are need to treat diseases and illness like the ones they have in Caldas.
Try a way to farm plants there.
Look what kind of investment we need: machinery, ovens, bottles, people.
Formule possible routes to other places, to generate demand on herbalist.

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Excellent idea! You will need to be steadfast with an idea such as this, because you will have most of the developed world against you. Look forward to further development of this concept.

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