Local ‘viagra’ Gondolosi can boost Malawi economy: Mzuni lecturer upbeat on ‘optimization of traditional medicine’

Senior lecturer in the department of chemistry at Mzuzu University (Mzuni) John Kamanula has expressed optimism that optimizing traditional medicine such as a herbal aphrodisiac ‘Gondolosi’ (mondia whitei) and others would be a plus in boosting Malawi’s ailing economy.

Trader selling Gondolosi in Malawi

Trader selling Gondolosi in Malawi

Kamanula said Friday at Mzuni during a public lecturer presentation, Optimization of Indigenous Knowledge: ‘A Case Study of Traditional Medicine and Botanical Pesticides’  that purportedly sought of bringing to limelight debate on what escapades can be brought forth to get economic benefits from local medicine.

During the lecture, it was also revealed that another local medicine, Mvunguti, has great healing powers for hypertension.

Kamanula said it was no longer a far-fetched idea that “Malawians, both in middle and low classes were taking them in abundance.”

His lecture revealed, for example, that ‘gondolosi’ has impeccable “economic value”, arguing that Malawi’s  traditional version of the anti-impotence pill Viagra, a herbal treatment  called Gondolosi, could be a hit in Western nations.

Said Kamanula: “I currently know of a Malawian woman who plies her ‘gondolosi’ trade in South Africa.”

He stated that if  the West  sells viagra at high prices, Malawi can do the same with Gondolosi, which can boost the economy.

But participants during the public lecture admitted “little was being done to make the plant more beneficial.”

Kamanula argued, however, that the problem was lack of a “sound policy” to optimize the local medicines and “lack of capacity building.”

He added: “We need safety studies and effectiveness of traditional medicines, safety studies and information management to make progress.”

Kamanula hoped for “support from government and interested stakeholders” in such kinds of research.

Gondolosi, scientifically known as Mondia whytei, is a shrub that grows  throughout the country. Herbalists use the shrub’s bark and root to make a  powder, or sell the entire root, in most urban markets.

Malawi Traditional Healers Organisation (Mthuo) representative Dr Kasasula Kayira, who attended the lecture, confessed the significant problem they faced in dealing with the aphrodisiac was “prescriptions.”

He said government must do more in “enlightening them on traditional medicines.”

If optimized, the lecture participants agreed, gondolosi would help increase revenue tax base through exports and local taxes.

A call was made for the country to remove the veil of secrecy about this herb
in order to cash in on the export market.

Malawi is one of the poorest nation in the world according to a recent study.

Recetntly, a lawmaker Boniface Kadzamira revived a debate in parliament when he recommended
the country should start growing marijuana (Indian Hemp), for non-narcotic purposes.

Malawian cannabis is renowned in the region as one of the best available,  although it is illegal to grow, smoke or deal in it.

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45 thoughts on “Local ‘viagra’ Gondolosi can boost Malawi economy: Mzuni lecturer upbeat on ‘optimization of traditional medicine’”

  1. chosadziwa says:

    ana abadwe tsopano

  2. shaaaa! says:

    tikamanena kuti atumbuka pa nkhani ya gondolosi satheka ,ambiri mumayesa chipongwe chabe.timanena zimene timaziona ndi ana atumbuka m’manyumbamu.si gondolosi yekha koma palinso izi;mkwapukwapu,mvunguti,kudelera aliyense nde ana achitumbuka.saopa
    ngakhale azimayi apa banja.kikikikikikikikikik

  3. Olobodoka says:

    Gondolosi ndi deal tiapweteke amkaziwa akumadelela kuchipinda komaso pakhale chiswabumbu apa ndi bvunguti cha abambo chikure kwambiri kuthesa ku ndeleraaaaaa…….

  4. Kanyimbi says:

    Umphawi umayambitsadi zambiri eti? Anyway this herb is very powerful if taken you can pound and pound until the woman will want to runaway back to her fathers house. No need to lose foreign currency on viagra, sildanefil etc. Lets boost the economy of Malawi.

  5. uzyohed says:

    I tink this Lecturer is wiase and intelligent. Why should we Malwians always wait for others to start anything good, then value it? This man has vision, its not only Whites that make new things happen. Lets support him anyhow.

  6. elkabiir says:

    we need chiswabumbu company here

  7. peter says:

    A more scientific approach needs to be followed and not here say. Do the research, identify the active ingredient/s that are responsible for the so called claims, carry out clinical trials to prove the findings beyong doubt and then meet with the private sector to find the way to market.

  8. john wa chilungamo says:

    I have not seen anywhere in the research the scientific findings of the effectiveness of Gondolosi. Otherwise it is used elsewhere just as a spice in food

  9. Peter Mthibulo says:

    Kikikiki! So that’s the type of research Mzuzu University can conduct. No wonder MZUNi is nambala kuthengo, pa world ranking.

    1. ruth warren says:

      ndi coleji ya ambwenumbwenu obiba muthengo kaya kkkkkkkkkkkkk

  10. Malawian Mom says:

    MALAWIANS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GET QUICK MONEY. I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS COMING FROM A LECTURE.

    WHITE PEOPLE, PLEASE HOLD ON TO THAT AID. YOU SEE NOW PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO THINK CLEAR. SLOWLY PEOPLE ARE WORKING UP. THE AID WAS NOT DOING US ANY GOOD AT ALL.

    WE NEED ALL OF US TO WORK HARD, AND GREAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN BEFORE OUR EYES.

  11. Vyapasi says:

    I have serious problems with John Kamanula’s thinking. It lacks depth and both analytical and critical scientific thinking. Worse still that such advice from a senior lecture. John should consider going back to his lab assuming he has one and generate preliminary evidence before confusing his students and himself.
    A Malawian woman in RSA selling gondolosi is not enough. Malawians sell so many things including fellow human beings simply based on myth.

  12. PP says:

    malawi z fool of idiots some are graduates of UNIMA they think university z only unima, when i was @sec xul i was thinking companies employ unima graduates only but now i see them having no job yet graduate from CUNIMA, MZUNI eating money then i realised dat once sb have a degree name of university does not matter what matters z the skill u have

    1. ruth warren says:

      ur a failure if u didnt make it to unima wandilira pussy mouth.

      1. ruth warren says:

        point of correction malawi is not and will never be full of fools (i mean south and central malawi). Rather ur a stinking fool if u attended mzuni than Unima, anzanu akumasiya ma course kuli mzuni goin kuli Unima, coz mzuni z like nursery xool where u prepare to get to Unima. is that clear embicile? So now goal grab ur books and study may be you may make it to Unima not mzuni aka TTC whoaaaa!

  13. Ntchona says:

    No scientific proofs yet we already making noise

  14. Anyaleye Nnope says:

    He is a misguided lecturer who must not have been in the university at the first place!!! Gondolosi will boost chisembwere and not Economy!!!

  15. vendor wamkulu says:

    Mabwana akumwa kwabasi muma office umu.Timabwwretsa kaunjika mu ma office umu kabotolo ka gondolosi titakakulunga mnsalu.Akuti kakuthandiza kwabasi.

  16. Pichi says:

    Ha ha ha ha imu mukudikira policy? Mukhala choncho? Ngolosi is making money here eishi

  17. Kodi ku Mzuni kulinso a sena eti?

    Ndasanalala pokudziwani !!!

    Tiyeni titafune kwinaku tikugulitsa zimenezi !!

    Let us boost our economy by promoting the processing and selling of our locally available resources e.g Gondolosi, Mvunguti, Choswela malambe, Mkwapu-kwapu, Pandorama, Chocolate, Sasi and Chim’bandule just mention a few!!!

    Welcome development !!

  18. ruth warren says:

    aaaaaaa from Mzuni? i thought from UNIMA is Mzuni a university? Its as gud as TTC

  19. Katalo says:

    I thought you just said a University lecturer? Malawians, lets wake up and start thinking in modern ways. Which Country has Good economy due to Herbal remedies? Some few weeks ago it was Minyanga Ya njovu. Last week it was Chamb. Now its Gondolosi! This is a good signal that even Technocrats have no clue as to how we can help Malawi’s economy grow up! How can the whole country like Malawi start thinking about exporting Gondolosi?

  20. Zoonadi ku nigeria they use Aluomo Bitters and women appreciates kuti Naijas are good in bed why not nkwapu kwapu wathuyuuu. ?

  21. Macwaphee! says:

    Kugulitsa zakuchipinda kwa abambo!manhood imakuladi!

  22. vilimmwera says:

    this herb is not unique for malawi. others will grow it too and market value will drop. lets go for better alternatives and we may slightly conceal our poverty. the chemists should do more research on chemical composition of the herb plus its prescription, other wise i see no reason in dispensing abroad herbs with no proper prescritions

  23. Mike Nkhoma says:

    Ndichoncho a malawi kudana ndi zakwawo koma zakunja ndiye zinthu

  24. zymology says:

    a huge lecture like him,realises of viagra now,so all his years of stay on earth,he has been conducting a gondolosi research,talk of sensible issues,behave like a lecture not a witch doctor.

  25. fkr says:

    this must be sold to Chinese! instead of them killing our elephants and rhino for horn that does nothing to get their penis hard. this root works very well and has not many side effects which is great. If the Chinese wanted something that actually does work and tastes good too then this is the stuff.

  26. VIZAULI IVI says:

    gondolosi yemweyo kuti wa! wa! wa!. u empty heads what do u mean!

  27. golo says:

    Everything has a beginning. With a strong country and economic will we can reap the economic benefits of merchandising in this herb. Who knows?

  28. 0999931036 says:

    tilime zimenezi

  29. commentator says:

    Botanically, Malawi faces the risk of many invaluable botanical and genetic resources becoming extinct. I am amazed that the title of the public lecture is far from sustainable natural resources management. Yet gondolosi, mubabani, mvunguti, zobara and the like are fast becoming scarce. Even mbula/maula, bwemba, masuku, matowo/kadale, matwatwa, etc are threatened by deforestation. Reason: poverty, population pressure and reliance on firewood because of lack of alternatives to sources of energy among the masses. Hydro power is for the urban rich and equipment for solar power is expensive. Then we come to governance issues: mismanagement of public assets like Chikangawa forest, dzonzi mvayi, mulanje cedar, zomba, ndirande, etc and Viply and wico. I really wish someone was doing more and better. Scholars and researchers should feed such progressive debate rather than the frivolous issues of social naughtiness.

  30. Masharubu says:

    Poverty is turning most Malawians into desperate people . Last week it was about chamba . Today it’s gondolosi . Show me a country whose GDP has risen because of Viagra . You want other people to start laughing at us, or what?

  31. Youth League Chairman: Kawale 1 market says:

    White ginger, despite numerous scientific tests, has shown no potency as an aphrodisiac. I thought the lecturer should have read this. All in all, these mbvunguti etc have toxic elements which slowly harm other organs of the body. On top of that, stories like this spread false hopes amongst the vulnerable and desperate. I know of people who stopped taking diabetes medication in favour of Mbvunguti with disastrous consequences.

    1. Inhumane Rights Activist says:

      I think you are reading something something else Mr Youth League Chairman. Gondolosi and ginger are totally two different things. There is nowhere in this article where ginger is being used interchangeably with gondolosi. And I have never read of tests being done about ginger as an aphrodisiac. Gondolois is an aphrodisiac but not ginger. Ginger is a root that is used al over the world for multiple ailments such as swelling of the gums, detoxifying the body, soothing sore thoats and boosting the immunity, that’s ginger and NOT gondolosi. Its very popular with people from the Far East like the Chinese and the Koreans and Asia central like India. I can oepnely testfy that since a former colleagie from India whom I worked with in the UK introduced me to teh regular intake of raw ginger, i have never, and I mean never taken any factory made cough syrups. You juss chew raw ginger and gargle it with warm lemon water every morning, you will be ok and this i do to my children too. Roots like Radish that are found in our local markets especially where the sellers sell fresh masala and coriander for amwenye, are very great foor cleansing the liver. The mvunguti you are talking about is called the sausage tree (Kigelia pinnata or kigelia Africana) has great benefits if taken is teh right doses to diabetic patients. In Tanzania, they actually soak the raw cut sausage (mvunguti) for several days and then administer it to anaemic patients and those with hypertension.

      There are plentiful of medicinal herbs and you will realise that they have been used for centuries by our friends from the Far East and the amwenyes too. One example is the red hibiscous flower. In Malawi its called chidede. Its just a bush flower but its only until recently that people buy it from women in the local markets to take as tea but at the same time it lowers BP. This stuff is packaged professionally in tea bags and you buy in the UK from ASDA or TESCO as Red Tea. If you open the sachet, you will discover that it’s just chidede which is found all over the bushes of Malawi, especially rural Central Region.

      With the thinking that you have Mr Kawale area chairman, you will actually take the UK chidede because its in a shop and well packaged than to buy from a local woman mu Lilongwe market. That is simply because your mind is still colonised. Anything that is Western is good and our own indegenous knowledge is bad. That’s a pure myth and socially constructed and actually a mindset that is rooted in capitalism and colonialism.

      Capitalists want to make money and profits and that’s why they will only promote cough syrups not raw ginger. Capitalists have for years fought Indian companies for manufacturing ARVs because the Indian ARVs are cheaper for Africa countries. Capitalists want to control HIV/AIDS research, anything like GARAN1 from the Lilongwe woman is a myth. That is why we need to decolonise our minds and foster indigenous knowledge. I agree with this MZUNI researcher. Its about how to work out on dosage etc But don’t have your minds controlled by Western type of thinking where you want everything to be in tablets and manufacture by ICI or Bayer American Pharmaceuticals. or capsules. Look at our Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indian friends. They take medicinal herbs everyday. Decolonise your mind, takwana zaka 51 mu Malawimu amwene, koma mukufuna kuti chili chonse apange kaye endorse angelezi ndiye muziti “aaa ha!, mankhwala koma awa!” Wake up, that’s the essence of capitalism and mental colonisation.

      1. ruth warren says:

        koma yeah well articulated.

  32. Anthu mwayamba kutha mzeru ndi umphawi wadziko lathu. Phungu winaso amafuna tizisutta chamba mopanda mantha. Zikuchitikazi mpakana tiwona K500 yachitsulo posachedwapa ndithu.

  33. Kadakwiza says:

    Yah it’s a good idea. Chinese are also using and selling their traditional medicine so why not Malawi. Malawians we should not kill our tradition because of western culture.

  34. Joseph says:

    Gondolosi will increase taxi revenue which they can steal “cashgate”. If it’s not MRA dipping their hands in the cookie jar then it’s Ben Phiri. A pathetic state of perpetual thieving cycle.

  35. Mthandeni says:

    Ndiye azimayi ku mangochi aziwonatu mijomba
    mwayipasa mangolomera

  36. Nyodola says:

    This herb has economic potential indeed. S few months when I was in RSA I heard some people conversing in chichewa upon greeting them they asked where I was from. They were extremely excited to learn I was coming from Malawi. Their immediate comment was, “you have a very good root in Malawi. I bought the root on my way to Blantyre and when I reached back home in Zambia, my wife commended me for a youthful performance… Have you brought some?” Since I had nothing to do with it, I said no. As if that was not enough, at OR Tambo Airport, one of the officers asked me about the same on my return and gave me his busines card in order for me to link up with him next time I am going past the Airport so I could carry him this stuff.

  37. rasta says:

    this is a scientific research hence required an author who is conversant with scientific reporting. one is tempted to think that there is nothing tangibly scientific coming from our chemist. we are interested in hearing about the chemical constituents that make the herb of medicinal value and the economic part should just strengthen the idea of utilizing the herb. and please try to edit your work, there are some silly mistakes not worthy to be made by a senior undergraduate like you. good luck

  38. Chicharito says:

    kusowa chochita eti basi whole lecturer kumakamba zimenezii have u ever heard any developed country kuti imadalira viagra hahaha.

  39. He says:

    kutha nzeru, mpakani kumagulitsa mankhwala ochindira!

  40. Kanjex says:

    Ukaipa nuhope ziwa nyimbo

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