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10,000 medicinal plants exist in Nigeria

10,000 medicinal plants exist in Nigeria
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Advancements need to be taken to increase the use of medicinal plants.

The Minister of State for health has announced that Nigeria is home to over 10,000 traditional medicinal plant species. This wealth of natural resources provides great potential for the country’s healthcare system. Traditional medicinal plants (TMP’s) offer a rich source of bioactive compounds that can be used for the prevention and treatment of various diseases. TMP’s have been used for centuries in Nigeria and other parts of the world for their therapeutic properties. The availability of TMP’s in Nigeria, coupled with the traditional knowledge of their use, makes them a valuable resource for the country’s healthcare system.

Traditional medicinal plants have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. These plants typically contain a variety of active compounds that can interact with the human body in a variety of ways. For example, some plants may contain compounds that can act as antioxidants, while others may contain compounds that can help to reduce inflammation. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the use of traditional medicinal plants as a source of new medicines. This is due to the fact that these plants often contain a variety of different compounds that have not been previously identified. Furthermore, TMP’s are often more readily available than synthetic drugs, and they are typically much cheaper to produce.

Believed to have properties that can help boost energy levels.

A number of TMP’s have already been studied in depth, and many have shown significant therapeutic potential. For example, various species of ginger have been shown to be effective in treating nausea and vomiting, while other studies have shown that garlic can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Other traditional medicinal plants that have been studied include ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and echinacea.

Herbal medicines are widely used in Nigeria, these herbs are believed to have medicinal properties that can help treat various ailments. Ginseng is a popular herbal medicine in Nigeria. It is believed to have properties that can help boost energy levels, improve cognitive function, and reduce stress. Ginkgo biloba is another herbal medicine that is believed to have properties that can help improve memory, cognitive function, and circulation. Echinacea is also widely used in Nigeria, it is believed to have properties that can help boost the immune system, fight off infections, and reduce inflammation.

Traditional plants is conservatively estimated at about N200 billion.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified medicinal plants as those that contain bioactive substances that can be used for therapeutic purposes or as precursors for the synthesis of drugs. WHO defines a medicinal plant as any plant that, when extracted or processed, produces a medicinal product. A medicinal product is any substance or combination of substances that can be used to treat or prevent disease, or to promote health. There are many different active substances that can be found in medicinal plants, and they can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Some of the most common active substances found in medicinal plants include alkaloids, terpenes, flavonoids, and saponins.

TMP’s play an important role in the health and wellbeing of many communities in Nigeria. Despite their importance, little attention has been paid to harnessing this sector. The current market value of these traditional plants is conservatively estimated at about N200 billion. However, there is great potential for this sector to grow even further. There are many reasons why traditional medicinal plants are so important in Nigeria. First, they provide a valuable source of income for many families. Second, they play a vital role in the health and wellbeing of communities. Third, they can help to protect the environment. More needs to be done as little attention has been paid to harnessing the potential of the traditional medicinal plant sector in Nigeria.

TMP’s can help to reduce the spread of infection.

The government is working to promote/increase the use of TMP’s in the healthcare system and to develop a national policy on TMP’s. They are a valuable tool that can help healthcare providers improve the quality of care they provide. They can help to reduce the spread of infection, improve patient safety, and improve the efficiency of care delivery. The development of a national policy on TMP’s will help to ensure that these tools are used effectively and consistently across the healthcare system.


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Ask Nigeria
27 days ago

10,000 medicinal plants exist in NigeriaAdvancements need to be taken to increase the use of medicinal plants.Express your point of view.

theApr
Member
26 days ago

Traditional medicines were used back in the day, till date as well. It’s not just as prominent as it used to be.
Speaking if its worth as estimated by W.H.O, Nigeria is indeed blessed. Hopefully there’d be a productive diversification.

Fisayomi
Member
26 days ago

If this was discovered i guess the Nigerian govt need to look into it in order to diversify the economy abd create more revenue

Okunloye123
Member
26 days ago

No doubt Traditional medicine works effectively and it’s organic, compared to modern medicines.

Just one of its limitations is in its dosage, but our pharmacists are working seamlessly to modify that.

Moreover, If W.H.O estimates its worth to be N2️00 billion, that means it’s a good source of income for us as a country.

With proper regulatory bodies, we can achieve this.

Tonerol10
Member
26 days ago

Traditional and modern medicine are both good and it depends like when my brother had partial stroke, he was treated in three different hospital yet no improvement but we took him to one herbal therapy that treat him and his OK now. Sometimes what Mr A no get answer for Mr B might have answer to it. Body no be the same

Oluwaseyi
Member
27 days ago

let’s not forget that herbs has Been saving lives since day one

Hassan Isa
Member
27 days ago

I don’t really trust these local medicines cos they have done plenty harm too especially if someone goes to receive treatment from a traditional medicine practitioner that’s not really conversant with the herbs

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
27 days ago

We should focus on our herbs because If we have access to both modern and traditional medicine, then the way in which sick people are treated for their illnesses will be significantly improved.

Kazeem1
Member
27 days ago

God provided us with many things that we’re not utilizing well and our herbs is one of them. This project needs to be given more attention

Remi1
Member
27 days ago

Before the arrival of colonization it is these local medicines that our ancestors were using and it worked real good for them

Taiwoo
Member
27 days ago

These local herbs are very essential to our wellbeing I hope the government funds the sellers so they’ll not go extinct because we have to preserve our traditional medicines

Tolaniiii
Member
27 days ago

All these traditional herbs are very good and can help a lot in many ways, there are some that we don’t even know the healing abilities they possess

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
27 days ago

Local medicinal herbs offers enormous advantages to human beings, but the government in Nigeria does not provide support in the form of financial assistance to traditional practitioners that is our local herb sellers

Ultra0711
Member
27 days ago

More attention needs to be pay to harnessing the potential of the traditional medicinal plant sector in Nigeria. We have alot of medicinal plants that contain bioactive substances it should not be a waste.
If national policy is developed on TMP’s the usage will definitely increase and help more in stopping infections and ailment all around

Adeolastan
Member
27 days ago

God really bless Nigeria with natural and mineral resources but the only problem is how to turn them to final product for human consumption.

Dimeji0711
Member
27 days ago

These traditional medicinal plants we are talking about are widely use by people in village and suburban area and it works well for them, that have proven everything right. If only, the government can harness it and promote the use of TMP’s it will develop the healthcare system more.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
27 days ago

I really the government approach towards promoting TMP’s because it will help enlighten to ensure that these tools are used effectively, provide necessary support and it makes sense because it will gives room for options either to go for TMP’s or hospital related services….depends on your capability

Last edited 27 days ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Abusi
Member
27 days ago

The role of medical plants cannot be overemphasized. They have been used since time memorial to treat diseases and wounds. It can still play a major role in our medical health care system in Nigeria. We should invest heavily on it.

jdpumping
Member
27 days ago

Traditional medicine is a of immense benefit to humans but here in Nigeria the government are not giving the traditional practitioners backup for financial assistance to help boost the process and research of herbal products in order to help tackle some diseases.We need do more to sustain traditional medicine .

Chibuzor
Member
27 days ago

The indigenous knowledge of how to use local herbs, combined with the fact that they are readily available in Nigeria, makes them a handy resource for the healthcare system in our nation.

Haykaylyon26
Member
27 days ago

Herbal medicine are also good we should not just only focus on science drug only, if we can promote the TMPs into the health care system it will help in shaping good health. If we now have both science and herbal medicine it will improve the way health is been treat one will work between both of them to heal people

Yomii
Member
27 days ago

The government should be actively developing a national strategy for TMPs and promoting and expanding the use of TMPs within the healthcare system because they are an essential resource that can assist medical professionals in enhancing the level of care they deliver to patients.

Khalifa001
Member
27 days ago

Herbal medication are good but also not look over the science

Bola12
Member
27 days ago

But doctors say we shouldn’t use herbs that our forefathers have been using. They are a bunch of Jokers because we all knew the importance of these herbs.

Adesanyaj72
Member
27 days ago

Herbal remedies are extremely popular in Nigeria; it is widely held that certain plants, when appropriately processed, have active ingredients that can be utilised to treat various diseases.

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