The association „anamed international e.V. „was founded in 1994 by the pharmacist Dr. Hans -Martin Hirt. Anamed is the abbreviation for „Special Natural Medicine“.
Everything started out in a village in the former Zaire, which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. From 1985 to 1991, the pharmacist Hans -Martin Hirt spoke with hundreds of local healers about the possibilities and limitations of the treatment with medical plants. Doctors and aid workers joined to find ways of improving the catastrophic health care. The results were recorded in the book „Natural Medicine in the Tropics“. Today the book and the descriped methods are used in the whole world. At the moment there are 35 anamed groups in fivteen countries.
Anamed international is a christian organisation.The work is based on the example of Jesus: In John 9:1-7 is described how Jesus used locale resources to heal a blind man. But Anamed – seminars are explicitly available to people of all denominations and faiths.
The objective of the association is to promote the dialogue between the representatives of the „traditional system “ ( traditional healers and midwives) and the „modern“ ( industrial , imported ) medicine. Therefor Anamed holds trainings for doctors and healers, missionaries and development workers aswell as local organisations, in order to improve the self-responsibility and self-awareness for health and environment.
The local cultivation and protection of medicinal plants is a step against the constant patenting of medicinal plant extracts. Therefor the exchang about those, which are ecspecially usefull for malaria and AIDS patients (eg Artemisia annua), is encouraged.
Projects of the association are:
Seminars in the tropics
Inventing medical centers
Cultivation of medicinal plants gardens
Construction of solar drying systems
Translating our literature in indigenous languages
Development of alternatives to DDT
Centers for natural medicine
Further information can be found in letters from Anamed international e.V., which are send 2-3 times a year, concerning the support of natural medicine.
Account holder: anamed international e.V.
Bank: Kreissparkasse Waiblingen
„It´s the endless arrogance of people, to call something weed, while they don´t know about it´s healing powers.“
Dr. Hans-Martin Hirt