FOLLOWING the discovery of a herb that brings relief to people suffering chronic conditions such as HIV, arthritis, stomach ulcers, tuberculosis and cancer by Israel Muzari, the man of the cloth has broken new ground after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Harare Institute of Technology University (HIT).
BY ROPAFADZO MAPIMHIDZE
The institute will now conduct scientific research and clinical trials to establish the veracity of the herb — now dubbed the Wonderlife Herb — discovered by Muzari, a Family of God Church bishop in Australia.
Many sick people have over the years reported significant improvement in their health after taking the herb.
Those living with HIV, in particular, have reportedly witnessed a rapid increase in their CD4 count within a very short space of time, as well as undetectable viral load levels.
One woman who tested HIV positive who was on anti-retroviral treatment decided to take the herb between December 2015 and January 2016.
“On January 27 I developed some lymphadenitis on the inside of my hip joint. It was very painful and I thought that this could be the inevitable health deterioration that is expected of HIV sufferers. When I went for tests, however, the virus could not be detected in my blood,” she said, showing her results from a top Harare laboratory.
According to Muzari this is the fifth reported case of someone having the virus undetectable in their blood since using the herb.
“According to our informal trials so far conducted, we expect a negative test result in more than a year, although it takes as little as a month for a really sick client to be up and about,” said Muzari.
A 28-year-old HIV-positive university student who discovered she was infected when she was three months pregnant and her CD4 count was at 600 started taking the herb alongside cotrimoxazole tablets without her doctor’s knowledge.
“I never told my doctors at Parirenyatwa Hospital that I am taking this herb and for three months I took a capsule a day,” she said, adding that her CD4 count shot up to 1 500.
Margaret Mashonga (56) of Mount Darwin said was completely healed of stomach ulcers in less than two weeks after taking the herbal treatment. She had had the ulcers since 2006.
“I was given a month’s supply of capsules. Ever since that time (February 2015) I have not been sick, not even once. I can now eat foods which I couldn’t eat before,” she said.
Monica Tandiwe Mutyasira (53), a teacher in the Rukweza area of Nyazura, said she tested HIV-positive but she has no reason to hide her identity because she is overjoyed by the effectiveness of the herb.
“I tested HIV positive in 2008. I had become very sick and my CD4 count was found to be 103. I was put on ARVs a month later in July. In December of 2014, more than six years later, my CD4 count had only risen to 314 and kept fluctuating, many times going even lower. I continued to feel sick most of the time. That is when I started on the herb. In less than eight months my CD4 count had shot up to 1 057 and my viral load was undetectable,” she said.
Such positive feedback from patients is what prompted Muzari to start researching more about the herb which he hopes will be officially recognised and used alongside other conventional medicines.
Speaking during the signing of the MoU, HIT Vice-Chancellor Quinton Kanhukamwe said when they were linked to Muzari, they were “extremely excited”.
“We want to welcome you Bishop Muzari, fully aware that you are a missionary sent from high above to bring a solution. Sometimes as engineers we always seek divine intervention and always say give us the wisdom for us to see beyond our own intellect,” he said.
Perkins Muredzi, a dean at the university, said they were grateful to Muzari for engaging the institution in connection with his discovery.
“This is a very noble thing that has happened. It is a revelation and we receive this with open arms as HIT. We are ready to embark on the research project as permitted by the availability of resources. It is important that we play our part in looking at the possible solutions that this invention may bring. Our research will seek to scientifically unpack the Wonderlife Herb and see if it can be of value to the intended beneficiaries as well as to the nation,” Muredzi said.
Muzari, a banker by profession, said he was deeply humbled by this development.
“It is rare to find institutions that appreciate innovations from ‘not so well-educated’ people, which is why I really appreciate what Dr Muredzi and the Vice-Chancellor have done in accepting the challenge of further investigating the potential usefulness of this discovery,” he said.
Six years ago, Muzari was relaxing at his house in Chinhoyi when an idea about these herbs came into his mind in a rather mysterious and peculiar way and he thought of trying it out.
He said he established links with Daniel Monthlanka, a professor in Pharmacognosy at the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and decided on a collaborative effort subject to approval by the university management.