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Visit a herbal garden and help Africa

Visit a herbal garden and help Africa

Medical Herbalist Christine Best is opening her Kerry herbal garden to the public for a day to raise money for an AIDS group working in Africa.

The Tanga AIDS Working Group group has formed a partnership with local healers in Tanzania to treat various ailments and the infections related to the AIDS virus.

Christine is offering to take the public on free guided tours through her herb garden and sell plants and herbal remedies to help make a contribution to the TAWG project.

Her garden at An Paircin, Stacksmountain, Kilflynn, Tralee, Co Kerry will be open from 11am to 6pm on Sunday August 28th 2011.

In the coastal region of Tanga there are over 670 traditional healers who use local medicinal plants to treat various ailments, including opportunistic infections related to the AIDS virus.

TAWG was founded on a partnership between the healers and doctors dedicated to the welfare of their patients.

The collaboration has identified three particular herbal remedies which work well for conditions associated with the AIDS virus.

The group has set up an information centre in town to promote awareness, a support network and a homecare service for patients and their families which provides greater privacy to overcome the stigma related to the virus.

Christine is opening her garden as part of National Heritage week and the free guided tours will run from 12noon to 3pm.

Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear.

The Co Kerry Herbalist points out that herbal medicine “can make a huge difference to your health and wellbeing and can help in a wide range of health conditions.

“It is safe and effective and herbs may be used alongside prescribed medicines following a consultation with a qualified Medical Herbalist.”

Anyone who wants to find out more about the walk can contact Christine at 066 7132461  or 086 1939217

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