Public pins hope on traditional herbs in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

By Patience Nyagato

As Covid-19 continues to ravage communities, with many not sure what the future holds, some are now pinning their hope on traditional medicine and herbs which have become popular among citizens.

When it comes to health issues and body functions, people stumble upon anything they can get to make sure they survive.

Some go for medical drugs, but for others traditional herbs are the ultimate solution.

And now with the Covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc, immune boosting herbs have suddenly become popular, with ‘zumbani’, ‘bute’ and ‘mufandichimuka’ topping the list of the most sought-after products at herbal markets.

“These days traditional snuff is in high demand, together with zumbani and mufandichimuka. These are used in steaming. If one has a flu and they steam using any of these, they will feel better in a matter of days. It has always been like that since time immemorial,” says Margaret Golosi, a traditional herb vendor.

Despite the rising affinity in immunity boosting herbs, traditional medicine vendors testify that since time immemorial sexual enhancement herbs remain the most sought after at any given time.

Another traditional herb vendor Blessing Mhuriyengwe says, “Other products that are in high demand include elephant urine. People also buy libido-increasing herbs.”

Not everyone uses herbs for ailments but there is general belief that some of these products actually work.

Traditional herbs like zumbani and bute have been in existence for a long time, with some of them now popular as home remedies for colds and other related ailments.