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First and foremost, Terrific Headlines commends Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health for putting together a Webinar early this week that featured discussions of finding possible cures to CORONAVIRUS at an event commemorating the Alternative Medicine Practice Day recognized by the World Health Organization. The Hon. Minister of State for Health, Senator (Dr) Olorunnimbe Mamora, and the Department of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine of the Health Ministry have done remarkably well by their interventions. Already, the Centre for Research in Traditional Complementary and Alternative medicine established in June, 2017,  aims to support the World Health Organization programme in integrating traditional medical practice into public healthcare in Nigeria and around the globe.

The centre is to support the work of the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023, assist the Federal, state and local governments in Nigeria develop policies and implement plans that strengthen the role traditional medicine (TM) plays in keeping populations healthy. The center will work in collaboration with the Nigerian Council of Physician of Natural Medicine (NCPNM) and other traditional medical practitioners. Its responsibilities include helping the Federal, States and Local governments in Nigeria integrate Research in Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (RTCAM) into healthcare systems in Nigeria and coordinates research that will confirm the safety and efficacy of potential herbal remedy and train researchers from governmental and non-governmental institutions and traditional medical practitioners.

WE COULD SPEED UP ACTIONS & THE DESIRED SUPPORT WHEREVER THE CLOG IS A journey of a thousand steps, starts with one step is a popular Chinese adage says attributed to Lao Tzu, a major figure in Chinese philosophy. He is recognized as the founding father of Taoism. Investigations reveal that a Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of complementary and alternative medicine commission passed for third reading in the House of Representatives. Also passed for third reading is a bill for an act to provide for the establishment of the Traditional Medicine Council of Nigeria. Last November, Senator Mamora disclosed at an interactive session that the federal government was working towards establishing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), clinics to make their services available to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and the general public.

Mamora said that the proposal was part of initiatives by the Ministry of Health to promote CAM in the country as the health ministry would be collaborating with India and China to set up CAM Hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory. He appealed to Nigerian universities to incorporate modules of herbal medicine in their curricular of health sciences, adding that this could be achieved with support from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund. The minister also unveiled the ministry’s report on curriculum development for the training of herbal medical practitioners and medical schools. Mamora urged agencies and departments working on traditional medicine in the country to work together for the development of the sector.

At another forum, Zainab Shariff, Director, Traditional Medicine Department, FMOH, pointed out that the role of stakeholders of CAM was in line with the recognition by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of three health care systems – Allopathic or Orthodox, traditional and Complementary and Alternative medicines. These are very commendable proposals that should be given urgent and speedy consideration given latest developments in the global health sector and the importance of conserving huge amounts that go into medical tourism as well as its economic effects on the country. TERRIFIC HEADLINES believes that given the high level of respect accorded Senator Mamora by both the Legislative and Executive arms of the Federal Government, the Bill for the Regulation of Alternative Medicine practice could be pulled through and made functional within a few weeks.


NIGERIA HAS THE RESOURCES TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE WORK God has been kind to Africa in terms of natural resources. Africa is tremendously rich in several natural resources, including agriculture; but less than 10 percent of arable land in Africa is being utilized for farming, thus leaving huge cultivable arable lands on the vast continent uncultivated. Regrettably, the tremendously blessed continent, as at 2013, was the poorest region in the world. It is evidently for this reason that the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina has asserted categorically that the billions being chased around in the Western world by Africans are actually of the farmlands. As a continent with a collective GDP of about US$2 trillion, Africa holds about 14 percent of the world’s population and more than 60 percent of uncultivated arable land. Regrettably, less than 10 percent of arable land in Africa is being cultivated. What this means is that Africans must be mobilized in the pursuit of good governance, and the proper utilization of the continents several human and natural resources, particularly agriculture.

Our guide, Revd (Dr) Mike Oye, an Alternative Medicine Practitioner has pointed out that it is very possible to live healthily without drugs through good diets, discipline, and adequate appropriation of nature. Hence, it is high time we appreciated what we have before we lose them or pay direly to access them. According to him, it is always good to remember that God created resources for all that man would ever need before the creation of man. He created herbs for the healing of the nations (Ezekiel47V12) God made products are always better than man-made products. The best of science is to discover a little of the wisdom of God in the creation and never to fault it. Thus, whatever is natural is always better for human consumption than synthetic alternatives. Unfortunately, so many gifted local alternative medical practitioners, who never went to any school but inherited the formula from their progenitors, have died with their useful knowledge. Their products and claims could have been subjected to tests by the appropriate agencies of government, but they never parted with their rich knowledge of traditional medicine

FOLLOWING UP: As advocates, enthusiasts, and promoters of NIGERIA MADE PRODUCTS, we will continue to try, to the best of our endowments, to invite the attention of our loyal readers and friends to these products. Part of our responsibilities is to provide a platform between the government and the governed such that people are adequately aware of steps being taken. Two important agencies that have spoken about this initiative in the past are the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology whose Hon. Ministers have the clout to pull this project through and also liaise with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment for Expressions of Interest,  funding for local investors, and investment promotion as NIGERIA MADE PRODUCTS.  As advocates and promoters of NIGERIA MADE PRODUCTS, we will continue to try, to the best of our endowments, to invite the attention of our loyal readers and friends to these products.

TERRIFIC HEADLINES today focuses on another local plant that we consume, but are not aware of its medicinal value. The post explains that the plant is called jute in English, but that “Igbo people call it ‘achingbara’, Hausas call it ‘lalo’ and it is botanically known as Corchorus Olitorius”. The jute plant is also known as “ewedu” in the Yoruba language. Enjoy your day.

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: _CORCHORUS OLITORIUS_
  • FAMILY: MALVACEAE
  • ENGLISH NAME: JUTE
  • YORUBA: EWEDU
  • HAUSA: RAMA, AYOYO, KARKASHI
  • IGBO: ACHINGBARA, KERENKEREN, ARIRIA

DESCRIPTION: it is an erect, herbaceous annual plant, growing up to a height of 1.5-4m; fairly branched with pale yellow flowers. The leaf is acute with a serrated margin. The fruit is spindle-shaped and dehiscent.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • It is very rich in vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like calcium, potassium and dietary fibres.
  • It has a powerful oxytocic property. This is employed to ease child delivery during labour, especially for pregnant women experiencing a prolonged labour. The mucilaginous juice from the leaves and stems is extracted and drunk for this purpose.
  • It has galactogogue property -good for lactating mothers.
  • The cold infusion restores appetite.
  • It is extremely good for eye health. It contains vitamins A, B6, E, folate which help to prevent eye disorders. Regular consumption of this vegetable will therefore help in prevention of eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration.
  • Because of its iron content, it is useful cases of anaemia and muscle spasms.
  • Very beneficial in skin and hair health. It also has anti-aging properties.

 

  • It helps in boosting the immune system. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • A significant amount of vitamin K is present in this plant. It is therefore very useful for blood clotting, nutrient absorption and gastrointestinal health.
  • Helps to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL cholesterol (beneficial cholesterol). It therefore reduces chances of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attack, hypertension, etc.
  • It greatly reduces the chance of virtually all forms of cancer.
  • It helps to reduce excess levels of blood sugar.
  • Also, anti- cancerous mainly because of the richness in vitamins C, B, and E.

 

TERRIFIC HEADLINES cautions and counsels people to use these gifts of nature only after consulting experts in Alternative Medicine.

 

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