Thomas Kioko, a medicinal herbal doctor from Ruring’u, Nyeri County has innovated a medicinal juice making machine that is used to make herbal products using innovative mechanical techniques.
“We are in the process of finding out how herbal products can be used in crop protection in agriculture” said Kioko who is an herbal doctor at Ruring’u school of alternative medicine and technology.
At the moment the medicinal juice made from tree roots, stems, branches, barks, leaves and seeds is used to treat over 300 lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, cancer and diabetes.
The World Health Organization reports that 30 per cent of Kenyans are now suffering from premature deaths due to physical inactivity and unhealthy diets. According to the survey in the last 10 years, lifestyle diseases kill more than 100,000 Kenyans aged between 30 and 70 years each year.
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Thomas Kioko explaining how the machine works. Photo: FarmBiz Africa
Kioko says that after a careful research process, he found that each and every part of a tree has chemical substances which when processed creates herbal medicine. The juice is mostly made from indigenous trees of various species.
After harvesting trees, the specific part like a bark is dried using green energy i.e. the sun until is completely dry, the dried parts are then chopped using a medicinal plant chopping machine and put in a shredding machine whose grinding parts & teeth grounds the parts into powder. The powder is used to make syrup, tablets and capsules.
Kioko notes that their medicine has been analyzed by the Kenya Medical Research Institute and found fit for the management of various diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, breast cancer, sickle cell anaemia, skin diseases, asthma and rabies in dogs.
Kioko sells the medicine in several packages with the smaller for 250g going for Sh250.
He can be reached on +254729517819 or +254722442501.