Porcupine Meat To Cure TB? Tajiks Turn To Risky Folk Remedies

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Economy and Resources, Health, Politics, Tajikistan, Wildlife

Porcupine Meat To Cure TB? Tajiks Turn To Risky Folk Remedies.

Husein Rahmonov, deputy head of the Dushanbe-based National Center for Heart Disease, agrees. Unconventional treatments are especially popular among patients suffering from depression, insomnia, infertility, and chronic pain, he says, “But sometimes patients with more acute health problems also turn to healers.”

The consequences can be dire, as in cases of treatable patients wasting valuable time and seeking the advice of a medical doctor only after it’s too late; or they can be less conspicuous, such as when populations of abundant local animals are affected.

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