The African cure that almost got away
Alternatives for the Health-conscious Individual
, August 2001, Vol.9. Author: Dr. David G. Williams

Traipsing around the world in search of cures for the last 16 or 17 years hasn’t been without its shares of failures and disappointments. For every effective remedy I uncover, I would guess that there are at least a hundred others that prove to be worthless. I can’t remember how many times I’ve traveled half way around the world to some desolate, disease-ridden village in search of a highly touted “miracle,” only to find that it was either an elaborate hoax or something that simply didn’t exist. It’s frustrating to say the least. If I focused on all the failures and dead-end roads I’ve travelled, I would have stopped doing this years ago. That hasn’t been the case however. Even with a young family at home, I’m still on the move.

Last week after returning from yet another trip, I placed my backpack, stuffed with potential new ‘cures’, in the corner. My understanding wife, Wendy, kindly informed me that I needed to unpack it. She then pointed to another pile of backpacks and bags that still hadn’t been unpacked from my last three trips. Lately, I’ve been packing a bag to leave before I unpack from my last trip. (I unpacked all-well almost all-of my backpacks and cancelled a trip last week. I spent the weekend camping with my wife, my nine-year-old daughter, Meagan, and my son, Mason. It was Mason’s seventh birthday.)

I’m leaving again next week. It’s not always easy to leave home, but stories like the following one keep me on the trail of new cures.

Gumshoe, Black Goo, and Voodoo
Several years ago, I received reports of two natural remedies from Ghana in Africa. One was a foul smelling black liquid that was supposed to cure impotency. The other was a powder that reportedly cured asthma and hay fever. After considerable effort, I did finally find the so-called impotency cure. I collected samples and also had samples sent back to my office in Texas. It was a foul-smelling , nasty black liquid. Unfortunately – or maybe fortunately – before I had a chance to test it, it turned into a mass of orange and gray mildew. The mailed sample that made it back to Texas looked even worse when it arrived. It had fermented and had leaked through all the packaging. I’ve always felt fortunate that I wasn’t arrested by customs or postal authorities for trying to bring it into the country. I was never able to find the powder that reportedly cured asthma. My sources told me that a lady healer or shaman was dispensing the cure to locals. The source of the powder was a closely guarded secret that had been passed down from African shaman to shaman for generations. I was disappointed at not finding the powder, but as I’ve said, it happens a lot.

A Cold Trail Heats Up
Then, a couple of months ago, I got a call from one of my contacts and was told the powder I had been looking for years ago was now being sold in London. After doing some serious investigative work, I discovered that the powder is in fact now available there. The man selling it, Jerry Yamoa, happens to be the grandson of the lady shaman I was trying to locate years ago in Ghana. Jerry told me that his grandmother was a traditional healer who lived near Agogo, in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Her name was Akua Asirifia. During the 1970s and 1980s, she became quite famous in the area for curing people’s asthma problems. Although she was approached on numerous occasions to reveal her secret remedy, she always declined. She was afraid that once the remedy became commercialized it would become too expensive for those who needed it.

During this time, Jerry emigrated to England and got a job working with the post office. He returned to Ghana in the mid-1990s and, after seeing how helpful the remedy was for asthma sufferers, he eventually persuaded his grandmother to give him the secrets of the powder so he could take it ba ck to England. When she reveled her sectret to her grandson, she was over 100 years old. (Her exact age was unknown, but when I last spoke with Jerry about the subject, he said she always told that when World War II started she was 52 years of age. Unfortunately, I’m sure we lost a wealth of traditional healing knowledge when Akua passed away at the age of 107.)

Jerry returned with the powder to London in the mid-1990s and used it successfully on several of his fellow workers at the post office. He then tried to persuade several companies to help market the asthma powder, but was unsuccessful in those efforts. It has probably worked out for the best, however, since he has recently started selling the product on his won through a company he started. (He just informed me that he quit his post office job, and is concentrating all his efforts on getting the word out on the powder.)

Ease a Wheeze or Sneeze with Trees and Bees
The rare gum tree used to make the powder is apparently the Funtumia Elastica tree. Unfortunately, there currently isn’t much information on the tree or its by-products. However, there are efforts underway to begin clinical trials on the product itself, and when those results become available I will certainly pass that information along. I have been testing the product for a couple of months now and the results I’ve seen have been very positive. Not only does it seem to work well in treating asthma, it has also been helpful for individuals with bronchitis and hay fever. Jerry says he has been seeing the same.

The bitter powder is produced from the bark of a tree. To make it more palatable, you can mix it with something sweet (honey, jam, jelly etc.). I personally think that the best results are achieved when you use a raw honey that has been produced locally. The honey helps supply small amounts of pollen and other allergens to further “acclimate” your immune system. The powder is called Yamoa Powder and comes in 30-gram containers. This quantity is considered a 30-day supply. Those I’ve spoken with say one container is usually all that’s needed to correct asthma and hay fever problems. The most common method of taking the powder is as follows. Thoroughly mix the entire 30-gram container of powder with a one-pound jar of honey. Stir the mixture again before each subsequent use. Take one teaspoon in the morning with breakfast and a second at dinnertime. (For children age 2 through 12, use only ½ teaspoon of the mixture twice a day instead of a full teaspoon. For children under 2 years of age, you still use ½ teaspoon twice daily, but you shouldn’t mix it with honey. I would suggest using either a naturally sweetened jam - free of sugar and artificial sweeteners - or, even better, an unsweetened bottle of baby food fruit.)

Safe, Steady, and Available
I haven’t seen any reports of, or spoken with, anyone who has experienced any side effects from the powder. From what I’ve seen, Yamoa doesn’t stop asthma symptoms immediately. Most people begin to experience an improvement in their breathing and symptoms within a week to ten days. If it’s going to work for you, you should see a definite improvement within the first 30 days. But even if your problem and symptoms resolve in the first week or two, I would suggest that you continue to use the powder mixture until you consume the whole 30-day supply.

One container seems to do the trick for most people. On rare occasions, it seems a few individuals have had to continue on the powder for two or three months to get complete relief.


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