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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. CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA FAMILY: Rutaceae English name: lime West African name NIGERIA: Yoruba = Orombowewe, osanwewe; Hausa = Leemuntsami; Igbo= Epeunkirise, Olomankilisi, Afufanta GHANA: Akan-asante=Akanka; Twi=Akenkaa SIERRE LEONE: Bulom = wogos; Gala = Lumbe-jee; Kono = Dumbi-mese; Mende=Dumbelenyenye LIBERIA: Mano=Se gaing, Dogon=Lemuru TOGO: Bassari=Nenufi COTE D’IVOIRE: Anyi=Dumu, Baule=Deumi Description A small tree commonly planted around villages. Health benefits Extremely rich in vitamin C. Generally, properties are similar to those of lemon. Leaves, seeds and roots are commonly used against gonorrhea. Crushed leaves rubbed against the forehead, are analgesic for headache. An infusion of the crushed leaves can be given for fever with slight jaundice. It is an ingredient of a prescription for chicken pox. Decorticated seed be used as a medicine for yellow fever and bilious fever. Fresh juice is considered cleansing and stimulant on wounds. Roasted cut lime is applied to chronic sores and gangrenous ulcer. Skin diseases and crab lice can be treated by applying an embrocation of the juice. Juice alone, or sometimes, with hot spices, is given to treat dysentery. A few drops can be given in instillation for eye trouble. The juice can be added to a remedy for snake-bite. The juice is a preventive of scurvy. Vitamin P is present containing hesperidins and its derivative eriodictyol. Their curative action on capillary blood vessels prevents…

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