As FAIM continues to search the world for affordable, non-toxic, effective alternatives for various conditions, we have learned about an intriguing powder used as an asthma and hayfever remedy. This powder has an interesting history.
In Africa, Yamoa Powder has been part of the culture for hundreds of years in the practice of traditional medicine. Across this vast continent, tribes would have a healer or shaman. These healers used knowledge passed down to them through the generations, but kept them as closely guarded secrets. The secrets of herbs, tree bark, roots, fruits and berries that were used for their healing qualities were, and still are, used throughout Africa and the rest of the world by indigenous peoples ('botanising' started the pharmaceutical industry, when the discovery of pain-killing properties in willow tree bark led to the invention of aspirin).
People would come from far and wide to receive Akua Asirifia's remedies. As a boy, Akua's grandson Jerry, was used to seeing long lines of people, young and old, coming and going from his grandmother's house, many of whom went away never to return. That was the extent of Akua's fame, given that most people experienced dramatic relief from the painful and debilitating symptoms of asthma and bronchial irritation after using this powder.
What was most astonishing was that treatment was in most cases one-off – most people who had suffered for years from asthma, hayfever and other respiratory problems were free of their lifetime's problem after taking the powdered bark of this gum tree.
Akua's success was brought to the attention of Dr. Miser, a Swiss doctor based at a nearby Presbyterian mission hospital in Agogo in the Ashanti region of Ghana. He acknowledged what he heard skeptically, as would most Western medical practitioners. However, as his patients continued to tell him that their symptoms had disappeared after taking the powder, he decided to investigate for himself.
Dr. Miser had suffered with mild asthma so he was somewhat intrigued and sought out Akua to try the powder. The result amazed him, and he returned to Akua to ask her permission to have the powder tested and asked Akua to disclose her secret, if it passed the testing.
Akua was concerned that if the secret of Yamoa was unveiled it would be open to abuse; it might be made available only for people who could afford it, or worse still it might be kept a secret from everyone by a pharmaceutical company with a vested interest in doing so. So Akua guarded the Yamoa secret as it had been guarded through the generations of shaman before her. Somewhat dismayed, Dr. Miser would often send his incurable cases to her – and would continue to call round in person. Dr. Miser pressed Akua for her knowledge, but she refused on every occasion.
As Jerry grew older, he was told he was not destined to become a shaman. He didn't mind as he was drawn towards teaching which is what he went on to do. Jerry trained to be a primary school teacher, and his ambition was to create a life for himself in England.
Eventually he emigrated there, settling in South London. For many years Jerry worked for the Post Office where he was surprised to meet so many people suffering with asthma and hayfever which in Ghana he had seen his grandmother so easily alleviate. Remembering all that his grandmother had told him and the queues of people that received the remedy, Jerry travelled back to Ghana in 1994 and asked Akua to tell him her secret. It took much persuading by Jerry and other members of the family before Akua finally granted him the secret and let him bring the remedy to the UK.
After a tribal ceremony in Ghana, Jerry Yamoa, grandson of Akua Asirifia, finally received the knowledge of the source of the remedy for the benefit of others. Akua took Jerry to the forest and showed him the bark of a tree. She gave him sole responsibility for bringing the remedy to those who need it. Akua knew many secrets of natural remedies and Jerry was very impressed with her extensive knowledge of herbs, plants and tree barks. Akua died at age 107, pleased that her grandson would sustain her legacy.
On his return to England, Jerry asked 20 colleagues at the Nine Elms Postal Office who suffered from asthma and hayfever to try the powdered bark. All 20 reported that they were much improved. Some were convinced that their asthma had gone completely, others with hayfever had no symptoms at all after taking the month's course. For the first time, people were able to lead a normal life because of this mystery powder.
Jerry was overwhelmed with the results. They were remarkable and profound with a 90% success rate, and two years later the first group were still going strong and were not having to use other forms of medication.
Obviously word spread, and Jerry was soon back in Ghana arranging for a regular shipment of the powder. In the UK things were going well and Channel 4 Television took an interest in Yamoa Powder and showed a feature on the "London Today" programme.
Realising that Yamoa Powder was even more effective than he remembered as a boy, he decided to find the best way to bring it to the people who needed it, and on the advice of some friends, Jerry approached Boots the Chemists and Glaxo-Wellcome but only hit brick walls.
In his naïvete Jerry thought that a pharmceutical company would jump at the chance of helping so many sufferers, but as it was pointed out to him later, if you are already making billions of pounds out of alleviating peoples' asthma and hayfever conditions, why would you sacrifice all your profits on a one-off natural remedy that you can't protect through a patent and that will eradicate the need for life-long dependence on your expensive drugs?
Undeterred to bring Yamoa Powder to those who most need it, Jerry began to sell it by himself. It wasn't long before word soon spread and sales began to increase at a steady stream. Sufferers who had taken the powder were telling friends and family about his remarkable remedy and after a year 70% of Jerry's sales were all by word-of-mouth.
Understanding Jerry's plight, a herb company offered to help him reach out to health shops. However, as legislation prevents the promotion of the true health benefits of Yamoa through mainstream advertising, health shop owners are reluctant to stock it as it is not a widely advertised product, and they are concerned it would sit on shelves and go out of date.
Jerry set up his own company and together with Not the Norm Ltd, the official Yamoa Powder web site was developed to bring news of the existence of Yamoa into the worldwide domain.
Prominent independent scientists and research teams in London, France, Ivory Coast and the USA have studied Yamoa's properties over the years, and research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, International Immunopharmacology, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, and The Journal of Immunology on a variety of Yamoa's properties and actions. Continuing research is underway at Montana State University and other research teams are looking at its antiplasmodial actions on the malaria parasite.
Aside from asthma and hayfever, Yamoa has proven over the years to also help people with COPD, bronchitis, chronic coughs, sinus problems and even psoriasis. Naturopaths have reported benefits for the digestion, particularly when eating unfamiliar foods, for example when travelling abroad. Horse owners have been impressed with the benefits Yamoa has brought to their horses, and cat owners in particular have said they have owed their cat's lives to Yamoa.
Unlike conventional treatment approaches for asthma, Yamoa™ is natural without the side effects of prescription drugs. Most importantly it is affordable.
For more information visit the Yamoa Powder web site.
YamoaPowder.com, 80 Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8NY, United Kingdom.
Telephone: 9:30am - 2:00pm GMT Monday to Friday
- From UK: 0845 226 5696
- From USA & Canada: 011 44 1865 355515
- International: +44 1865 355515