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.