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MORE and more women with fertility problems are using natural medicines to rectify the problem.
Traditional healer and fertility specialist Thoko Msiza says over the past eight years, her fertility clinic in Yeoville, Johannesburg, has seen an increasing number of women who want to have children.
"Western medicine alone is not the answer to the problem. The majority of my patients come to me after they have tried and exhausted all the Western ways, but still fail to fall pregnant. Western medicines alone cannot curb infertility," Msiza says.
She says some of the patients she has helped were referred to her by their gynaecologists, who could not help the women any further.
"Natural medicine works and infertility can be 100percent cured regardless of the problem or age. In the old days, elders with special gift used natural herbs - the same herbs we use today to rectify the problem. This can be done if people seek help in the right places and take the correct medicines for the problem."
Msiza says that over the past eight years she has noticed an increase in the number of black women with fertility problems.
Factors such as abortions, legal or not, blocked Fallopian tubes and fibroids are among the known causes of infertility, she says.
"My phone has never stopped ringing since I started the practice," Msiza says.
She says she inherited her unique gift to help women conceive from her late mother, who ran a natural fertility clinic in Johannesburg for more than 30 years.
"I was only 14 when my mother taught me how to use natural medicines to correct women's reproductive system.
"I worked with her until she died in 2002. She helped thousands of women and now it's my turn to continue her legacy," she says.
Msiza studied natural sciences at the the Good Shepard Cultural College in KwaZulu-Natal and received an honorary doctorate in traditional healing and African medicine philosophy from the University of Zululand in 2004.
Her desire to learn more about natural medicines has prompted her to work closely with other traditional healers from many parts of Africa.
This includes celebrated author, healer and cultural historian Credo Mutwa
She is registered with the South African Natural Health Practitioners Board.