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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

When Hope Unborn is Dead

A merry heart does good like medicine. So does the Holy Book says but how can one be merry when hope disappoints?

Now that we are in the Christmas Holiday, it's a general believe that the prices of food and clothing skyrockets and we are still encourage through music to be joyful. Well, konga has made things easy these few days to Christmas. So don't let any circumstance steal your joy (delayed Salary or wages). The hope one has in a medicine go a long way in healing the person. I have seen someone who is used to taking just water when he is sick with the hope of getting well and it always work out for him.  From history, before the discovery of a chemotherapy for malaria, people see malaria  as a curse from  the angel of death. That was why Africa was called  the "White man's grave". But now, people see malaria as just mere fever that even many result in self medication without visiting the hospital but what if they are diagnosed of cancer or HIV/AID? How do you think the persons hope of survival would be? A real question to hope unborn.

Hope defer makes the heart sick says the Holy Book, if hope deferred makes the heart sick then what happens to someone whose hopes unborn has died? I like to take an example from the movie I watched "Dallas buyer club". I came to discover it was a biography and it borne the invention of retro-viral drugs to HIV/AIDS. He was diagnosed of HIV and given 30 days. He ended up living more than his diagnosed date. You could watch or read about the movie for more on the story.

Humans are very complex creature with the power to defect any circumstance with the power of hope and will. To the question of this post, when hope unborn is dead, what shall we do? It is best answered with the question "can hope and dream die"? Just like the question someone asked when reacting to Martin Luther King Jr's statement on I have a dream "Can a dreams be murdered"? When we try to answer the question, we shall see that hope don't die. Only the bearer of such can grow sick when it's deferred. When one is faced with our present day incurable disease, it is the duty of the bearer to keep hope alive and not to give up on a way out of the sickness. Now we have one record of someone who was diagnosed of HIV/AIDS now free after stem transplant Details... If one develop a will to live and continue to keep hope alive, there would always be a way out of whatever sickness that confront one. All you need is not to keep hope unborn dead.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Cough in African Traditional Medicine

Cough is a reflex action to clear the throat of mucus and other substance that obstructs the breathing airways. cough is categorize into three: the acute cough which last for less than three weeks, sub-acute which last for between 3 to 8 weeks and the chronic cough which last for more than 8 weeks. The common causes of cough is the respiratory track infection caused by flu or cold. Another cause could be traced to asthma which is a little easy to identify because it comes out like a wheeze and the barking cough which is caused by smoking. Cough caused by smoking is chronic and smoking do a lot of damage to the lungs. Always put in mind the massage on the pack of the cigarette, "Smoking Kills",
Don't miss out of the Black Friday bonaza (80% off) so you could check if you could purchase the Traditional item to prepare the medicine i'm about to give out now. In Nigeria, one of the traditional and even quicker way to treating cough is using bitter kola. If you haven't read the post on bitter kola, you might not have a complete picture of this post. Click HERE to read about bitter kola. It is a common practice among every tribe in Nigeria. You start by chewing bitter kola with a common menthol candy called Tom Tom (you could use any other mint or menthol candy). If it persist, you are sure of its knockout punch. People with this secret do not suffer flu or cough for 3 day. Very easy way to avoid all categories of cough (I can't guarantee for asthmatic patient ). You burn the bitter kola to ashes. Pound the bitter kola to dust then add some palm oil. When you take it, you are going to cough out all the mucus that obstruct the airways.

You could give it a try and leave a comment.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Dietitian and Health Care

Another good morning to all of our readers and I'll still remind us that the Black Friday Christmas discount is still on with Jumia. Please take advantage of this offer (80% off), it comes once a year.

Today we shall be talking about food? what is food? is alcohol food or intravenous fluid (drip)? Before I try to answer these complex questions, let me establish the fact that if you eat the right food, you have a high chances of not getting sick. In TCM, we prefer health maintenance through preventive measure, compare to corrective measures. That is why most people ridicule TCM because they prefer corrective measure. Many countries life expectancy is dropping. Nigeria is 47 years. Check your age and compare yourself to people in that country. The earlier we embrace preventive health, the better for us and nutrition is a bale out. FYI we collaborate with orthodox medicine and we are doing our best to limit most of the side effect from using chemotherapy.
Back to the question, alcohol is food, but intravenous fluid is not. Sorry if I confused you. Intravenous food gives nutrition to the patient but alcohol doesn't give any nutrition but let us start by asking ourselves, what is food?
Food is anything we take through the mouth that gives the body nutrient or heat. Intravenous fluid let's say dextrose saline (10% dextrose) could give up to 340 kcal of energy but alcohol give 0 cal of energy yet it's food because it's not administered in the hospital. It's taken through the mouth and it produce heat.

TCM Nigeria is trying to acquire a company that does groceries of healthy and yet delicious food. We love app project so we had made an app for people to place orders and we are going to be blogging on very healthy food. We had discussed moringa and bitter leaf on this blog but we shall be giving you the recipe to preparing the food on the food blog. Just click on the link below to see what to look out for.
9ja food and recipe

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Vital Organ flushing

We had discussed workaholic organ previously on this blog. And all our thoughts was centered on the liver. Nothwithstanding, we shall still talk about the liver, but we shall not exclude the kidney also. It's even highly recommended that one do kidney flush before doing the liver flushing.

Liver flush is the process of cleaning the liver of gallstone. It is very beneficial to body because it improves the digestive system and helps to relieve pains from shoulders, arms, back and also improves ones general well being.

Liver flush is always preceded by taking in apple juice(It could also be accompany with vegetables) two or three days before the flush. Liver flush is recommended to be done twice a year and it is recommended that one tries to eliminate any bacteria to enable the flush to clean lots of gallstones. We are to start from the month or teeth. We should ensure the teeth is free from bacterial or free metals. The procedure for the flush is not surgical at all, all you need to do is mix the following substances in accurate proportion.

  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil Extra Virgin (= 1.25 dl) 
  • 1 Big grapefruit (2 small) (Or 3 lemons) 
  • 4 tablespoon EPSOM salts = ( MgSO4 + 7H2O) 
  • (EPSOM salts = Magnesium Sulphate = EPSOMITE = Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate) 
  • 3 cups water (=750 dl) 
  • 1/2 Cup Classic Coke (Optional - for taste only).

The kidney which was mentioned above helps to detoxify the body by removing toxins in the blood stream and discharging them through urine.The kidney could be flushed in simple ways. Here are the following substances that could be use for the process.

  • Water: Drinking plenty of pure water is the first step to effective flush. The others provide additional cleansing. 
  • Cranberry Juice: It is being taught that cranberry juice helps to fight against urinary track infection possibly by decreases adhesion of bacteria to the bladder or the urinary track. 
  • Beet Juice: This decrease acidity of the urine. And remove calcium phosphate from the kidney which prevent the kidney against kidney stones, 
  • Lemon Juice: It also prevent kidney stones by increasing the citrate level of the urine. 
  • Juice cleansing: The kidney could also be cleansed by fruit or vegetable juice.
  • Home made cleansing: people also prepare juice made from Apple, Lemons and venegar to cleanse the kidney.

The following organs mentioned above are very important to the body and having them catered for would go a long way to helping us stay stronger.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Phytoherapy and myth

Writing this post close to Christmas tempts me to remind us about the Black Friday promotion of Jumia online store. The TCM app is linked to Jumia and konga store and many persons from our app corner had been complaining about how expensive some of the product we recommend on our blog and app is. Jumia's Black Friday is long and it would be discounting 80% off all the product you buy from  the 13th of this month till the 13th of next month. So looking for an opportunity to get traditional products at rock bottom price, now is the time.

There is a popular believe among trado-medicine that there is no ailment which nature haven't provided a solution for; it's just for man to research. Phytotherapy also called herbalism is a natural way of treating ailment by using herbs. If you are a good reader of our post, you would notice we had been discussing African traditional medicine. We had discussed bitter kola, moringa, dogonyaro, bitter leaf. I wanted to talk about ginger today but I should say a little about these practices that discourages people from trying the therapy. Some of these believes are myth, some are true. Phytotherapy no doubt is the cheapest source of health remedy but if we could burst some of the myth behind it, may be it might be appreciated the more.

One which is very prominent is the believe that practitioner of this therapy invokes demons while they practice it. Well to some extent, this could be true but thank God for the invention of science. Before science, many persons rely on their deity to discern the ailment most of their patients are suffering from before attending to them. Some of them even enquire for the herbs to use to prepare their patients medication. But now many are trying to collaborate with orthodox medicine which made phytotherapy easier. It becomes very easy to practice this therapy when the ailment is already detect by medicine. Most persons after they had been diagnosed of type II diabetes, they don't need an herbalist to tell them before they start using moringa. Some ailments manifest themselves on the physical body like ring-worm, measles, and others which one could easily tell what herbs is needed for the treatment.

Another which is a popular believe among people is the fact that, "why is their no dosage for the product?" True, but I'll reply by asking "if there's a dosage for the food we eat?" The norm is that if one is sick, because of the side effect of drugs, one shouldn't keep taking medicine like food. Most of the phytochemicals are food but also contain healing substances. Most trado-medical product have little or no side effect. But for the product to work well, they tell you how frequently you need to use it. But because of the truth in this believe, most company had done research on these products and had come out with a dosage for these products making them expensive.

This post is to hear your thoughts about traditional medicine so we could come to hold on to the truth together.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Palm wine and Measles

Measles is a respiratory disease that is highly communicable. It is transmitted by the mucus or saliva of an infected patent. It is airborne and could be transmitted when an affected persons sneezes or cough to the air. It is common among children but on a rare case adult contact it also. It's a very big cause of child mortality. World health organization (WHO) had recorded more than 100,000 children less than the ages of 5 whose life had been claimed by measles in 2016.

One traditional way of treating measles is through Palm wine especial among adult. They drink and sometimes pour a little in their bucket of water when having their bath. Children uses coconut water instead of palm wine because of the alcoholic content of Palm wine. I like us to examine these practice to be sure if Palm wine really helps to solve measles or it's just a myth.

Vaccine is usually given to children against measles called measles vaccine. No particular chemotherapy against measles but supportive care like giving them healthy food and other medicine to suppress the symptoms like fever, diarrhea, and the rest of them.

Palm wine is a drink got from wounded palm tree. It is popular amount West Africa and the process of get palm wine is called palm wine tapping. Why I'll like to believe the use of Palm wine for measles treatment is that, palm wine could be viewed as a food drink. Because it's rich in Amino acid, vitamin C, B1, B2, B3 and B6; it also contains carbohydrate, potassium, magnesium, Iron and others.

It is also good for improving eye sight because of the vitamin C antioxidant (ascorbic acid) and vitamin B1 (Thiamine) which is very good for good eye sight. This is what prevent one of the adverse effect of measles which is blindness. Other benefit is that it helps to reduce cardiovascular disease because of it's potassium constituent, it contains vitamin B2 which helps to prevent cancer. It helps to maintain good hair and skin and also promotes lactation.

Palm wine also contain it's adverse effect because it is alcoholic. We know the effect of excess use of alcohol. Some palm wine contains preservative this makes it not a good palm wine. Good palm wine always taste sweet but after the next day, it ferments and become sour and strong in it's alcoholic content.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Bitter Leaf (Vernonia Amygdalina)

Welcome again to another beautiful day and for my readers in African don't miss out on the upcoming black Friday sales. it's 80% discount on every product so happy Christmas shopping with Jumia.

I am very excited since we started discussing African traditional medicine. Please don't miss out on the post tomorrow on "Muru drink" but today I like to discuss bitter leaf (botanically called Vernonia Amygdalina). In Nigeria, children sees bitter leaf juice and salt as punishment. They were told it is used in curing pile. So when parent discover their children developing sweet-tooth; It's bitter leaf juice time. So I saw it as parents excuse not to give their children pocket change for candy. But could they actually be saying the truth?

Bitter leaf has the ability to grow anywhere  unlike other plants which select a particular climate condition. It's rich in vitamin A, C, E, B1 and B2 and more importantly, it helps to tone vital organs like the liver and kidney. We talked about the liver in our post "helping the workaholic organ". The truth is if the liver go bad, it is difficult to correct. So just ignore how bitter the leaf could be and help yourself with bitter leaf. Bitter leaf juice is not the only way bitter leaf can be consumed. Bitter leaf is been prepared has soup. For our readers in the diaspora who want to know how it taste go to a Nigerian restaurant and ask for bitter leaf soup or  you could call it Onugbu if you want to sound original.

Bitter leaf is used for a number of reasons. One is to stop stomach upset. chewing the tender branch (stem) or taking the juice with a pinch of salt could bring immediate relieve to stomach ache. It is used in treating skin disease like ring worm, itching or rashes. Just squeeze the undiluted juice from the leaf and apply it to the affected part. Bitter leaf is another breakthrough herb over diabetes. It doesn't only crash blood sugar but repairs the pancreas. Bitter leaf contribute also in treating other ailment like memory loss, prostrate cancer, general weakness, stroke, Pneumonia, Insomnia and Arthritis.

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