Shalice Amos is the brains behind the wonder juice, Teras. She invented it following a personal experience with illness. The medicinal juice is become a household name for people with different ailments. EW spoke to Amos about Teras.
Who is Shalice Amos?
I am a 35 year old single mother as my husband is deceased. I was born on Christmas day in 1979. I have a 15- year- old daughter Rachel. I am a second born in a family of six, four girls and two boys. Unfortunately, one boy is late. I come from Mukona Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Jenala in Phalombe. Currently, I stay in Namiyango Township, Blantyre.
What was your upbringing like?
I grew up in Lilongwe as my father’s job entitled him to transfer a lot. We then moved to Kasungu. Life was a bit hard as I was not raised by both parents due to a divorce. As you know, it’s hard growing up with someone else other than your mother who can understand you better.
Tell me about your education background.
I did my primary education at Chisamba Local Education Authority (LEA) School, Lilongwe CCAP and Dzenza, a boarding school. My secondary education was at Chilanga Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Kasungu where I dropped out in Form Three after getting pregnant. Back in the days, they did not encourage girls to continue their school, so I got married.
How did you come up with this drug?
It was two years ago when I was diagnosed with kaposis sarcoma (cancer), diabetes and liver failure. I suffered for a long time. I cried to God and He answered my prayer. In late 2013, I was at Queen Elizabeth Central hospital (QECH) with my younger sister when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I told the doctor I wanted to make a phone call to notify people at home that I was being admitted. My sister had a friends in Spain at the time and it was this friend who suggested the juice to me after seeing sores all over my body through a photograph.
After taking it, I got healed. All the problems I had; frequent visits to the toilet, thirst and wounds got better. After three months, everything was back to normal. When I saw sick people, I felt the pain I experienced so, I offered to make the juice for them. Most people did not believe the drug could cure, but now it’s different.
Why the name Teras?
The drug cures all sicknesses; cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, low immunity, fibroids, brain, heart and liver problems. As for HIV/Aids, most of my patients are found with zero viral load after taking the juice. The explanation is that Teras increases immunity to the point that the virus cannot be detected. We encourage HIV positive patients to listen to what their doctor recommends even after the virus is inactive. So, we decided to call it Teras which in Greek means wonderful.
Did you add anything else apart from the given ingredients?
No. This is because everything has its own fixed amount. It is made from vegetables and fruits such as cabbage and onions. Adding even more water makes the drug ineffective. We have to strictly follow the recipe given from the beginning.
What sort of clients do you have?
There a lot of customers visiting our shops daily. We have now opened shops in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu to reach as many people as possible. Next week, we are opening a shop in Mangochi. I cannot say how many males, females or ages as the drug is for all both young and old.
How much does the drug cost?
A one litre bottle of Teras, which lasts one month, costs K10 000. Those with less serious illnesses take four bottles in four months. Meanwhile, those with more serious ailments take seven bottles in seven months. One bottle and changes are already visible, but we encourage finishing the whole dosage for effective results.
Do you have a specific daily dosage?
We have challenges with what the daily dose should be, but we recommend five SOBO squash caps once a day. It should be taken in the morning before eating anything.
How has the certification from Diabetics Association of Malawi helped your business?
It has given us more freedom. In the beginning, there was a misunderstanding with the association that the issue had to go to the police. They accused us of coercing the public to stop taking drugs prescribed by medical personnel. We requested a trial and they gave us five diabetic people. In the end it was successful and Teras was vindicated. We also work with the Cancer Association of Malawi.
What is the production of Teras like?
I have boys who help me, but not in the production. That is strictly my business because the drug has to be perfect.
Any challenges so far?
Teras is an antibiotic. As you know, it is advisable to finish an antibiotic dosage, but most people stop the dosage once they feel better. They think we just want their money, but the illnesses recur even more serious than before. In the end, the drug cannot work effectively in such people.
What are your future plans?
I pray that I find enough money to open a hospital. Teras, like other drugs, has side effects such as body pains and some people stop taking it because of that. If I have a hospital, those people who are at the early stage of treatment will be admitted and monitored closely so they are encouraged to continue with the dosage.
Any memorable moments in your life?
The saddest moment was in 2006 when my husband died in a car accident at Ngumbe that killed all four people in the vehicle they were in. It seems as if it was just yesterday. The other sad time is when I was ill because I thought I would die. The wounds were smelly and amatulusa madzi (produced water). So, it is not a surprise that my happiest moment is when I was healed as I did not expect it. I will never forget that moment.
What do you do in your free time?
I love watching movies, especially Indian movies as my late husband was also Indian. I love masamba otendera and akin; an Indian dish comprising of different type of foods such as Irish potatoes, peas, cabbage and meat.
Any last words
I encourage my fellow Malawians who have tried all kinds of treatment and given up to try Teras. If they are on prescribed drugs that does not stop them from taking Teras because the two can work together and save more lives other than wait to be told to go home after the other drugs fail to work. Others wait for their condition to be critical which makes Teras treatment seem ineffective.