Sunday, March 26, 2006

 

Alternative medicine

A friend of mine lost a near relative and, as a consequence, sank into depression. She complained of lethargy, a dull ache in the head, lack of interest in work, and painful memories keeping her awake at night. Then her ayurvedic doctor recommended that she take a course of alternative medicine—after three days her spirits were revived and a full week later she was back to normal.

The capsules that she was prescribed were Reishi Gano (RG) and Ganocelium (GL)—it turns out that these medicines are derived from a mushroom, Ganoderma Lucidum, called Gano for short. This mushroom has been mentioned for its curative properties in ancient Indian and Chinese texts but its modern use is credited to Lim Siow Jin.

Lim founded the Malaysia-based DXN Marketing, which farmed the mushroom and began selling the capsules in 1993. Ganoderma Lucidum has been labeled as a prescription drug, an over the counter drug, and as a dietary supplement in different countries. In India it is now sold as an ayurvedic proprietary medicine.

Reishi Gano (RG) is said to
1) Activate Body Resistance (Immune System), 2) Improve Body Function, 3) Regulate Digestive System

Ganocelium (GL) on the other hand
1) Supplies oxygen for good body function, 2) Strengthens body Immune System, 3) Cleanses Toxins, 4) Maintains healthy gastric and Renal System.

I do not know how this relates to depression but at least it worked—it’s been several months and my friend hasn’t had a relapse. Whereas with allopathic treatment a relapse is quite common. On the business side these alternative medicines are sold through an elaborate but foolproof system of Direct Selling. In India these medicines are distributed to members by Dahesan Trading (India) based in Chennai—the members then sell the medicines to the public.

Each capsule of Reishi Gano (RG) costs Rupees 10 while Ganocelium (GL) is cheaper at around Rupees 7.



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