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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: MIKE OYE ON SATURDAY

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  ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: MIKE OYE ON SATURDAY Rev (Dr) Mike Oyepoints out that it is very possible to live healthy without drugs through good diets, discipline, and adequate appropriation of nature. He asserts that whatever is natural is always better for human consumption than the synthetic alternatives. In continuation of our series on the USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE through the preparation of herbs from plants that abound in our natural environment, TERRIFIC HEADLINES, this week brings into your homes a plant that you may see very often, but fail to know its usefulness.  This week, we commence this exposition on CITRUS FRUITSin line with our policy of promoting NIGERIAN MADE PRODUCTS.  CITRUS FRUITS Citrus fruits are popular for their high content of vitamin C. They are also used mainly in cleansing and cooling the body. The juice seems to help cut grease on the hand or dishes, and may help fat digestion and utilization. Citrus and vitamin C are thought to help reduces cholesterol. Gall bladder and liver function is supported by citrus fruits; especially lemons may help stimulate digestive juice secretions. Last week, our focus was on: CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA, known ordinarily as LIME. This week, our focus is on ORANGES with botanical name: CITRUS SINENSIS CITRUS SINENSIS FAMILY: RUTACEAE ENGLISH NAME: Orange, Sweet orange WEST AFRICAN NAMES NIGERIA: Yoruba = Orombo, Orombo-didun; Hausa = Babanleemu, leemu-mai-zaaki GHANA: Akan-Asante = Aboronkaa, Twi, Fante = akutu COTE D’IVOIRE: Kru-Bete= Kpasu SIERRE LEONE: Bulom = Lebe; Gola = limbe; Kono = Dumbi; Mende = Dumbe; Susu = Lefure.  Description A tree up to 12 meters high. It is the most important of the citrus species. Health benefits Well known as a good source of vitamin C (from the ripe fruit). One orange can give the minimum vitamin C requirement of 65mg per day. The leaves in infusion are good for fever. Leaf-tea can be given for flu, pneumonia, and as an after-birth depurant. The volatile oil from the leaves has an expectorant effect. Roasted pieces of fruit can be applied to fungating ulcers. The rind contains a gum-resin and tannin which act as a stomahic, astringent and anti-dyspeptic. Hesperidin present in the species has a positive action against scurvy. A seed extract is used in treating malaria, one manifestation being a marked contraction of the spleen. Oranges have more vitamin A than other citruses, helping to fight infections and protect against cancer…

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