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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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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Malaria and Mental Disorder

Malaria is a parasitic disease caused by plasmodium. Found in female anophilis  mosquito. It is common among Africans and if you're a little observant you'll know we had been talking about African traditional medicine. We had discussed bitter kola, Moringa and now we want to discuss Neem commonly called dogonyaro in Nigeria. It's botanical name is Azadirachta Indica.

Malaria goes with feverish symptoms. Headache, cold, and in ability to eat. Rear among the symptom is mental disorder popularly calld cerebral malaria which is flushed away with quinine. Malaria is commonly treated with Chloroquine or Artesunate. But cerebral malaria is normally treated with quinine. Quinine is also found in tonic drink. But the last time I checked, the side effect of quinine is very enormous. Effects like headache, ringing in the ears, trouble seeing, and sweating. More severe side effects include deafness, low blood platelets, and an irregular heartbeat. Quinine although was synthesis from a tree the bark of the cinchona (quina-quina) tree and the WHO warns against the use of quinine. it should only be used when artesunate is not seen.

Cerebral malaria is the most severe neurological complication of infection with Plasmodium falciparum malaria which is resistant to chloroquine and artesunate so quinine remains the only remedy for the disease. But their is a cheaper and easier way to treating cerebral malaria using dogonyaro, awopa (Enantia chlorantha ) and lime.

I would just share a story and rap up this post. Nigeria has a special way of handing mental illness. 95% of Nigerian with a mentally ill patient would result in exorcism compare to seeing a psychiatrist. The stigma behind talking your patient to a psychiatric hospital would discourage a lot of persons. So back to the story, we were called from the school of a little girl who happened to be my neighbour. The message her sister got was "Could your come over, your little girl would use some help". So I jumped into my car with her sister and we were directed to see the school counsellor who told us to take the little girl to church that she's possessed of some stubborn demons. unfortunate for her, they took to the advise and never took the girl to the hospital. Her parent was out of the country and they refused to tell the girls parent. In a nutshell, are parent got to know and discovered it was just cerebral malaria. Then I got to discover dogoynaro and awopa. Though the doctors did a good job in their medication. But the alternative medicine was also found useful. There is a kidney campaign against using such herbs in Nigeria. But it taste really good like a tonic drink. I wish you get the one I take close to my neighbourhood. It is made with a little alcohol (Locally made Gin from palm wine. It is commonly called Ijaw), freshly squeezed lime and a special technique of mixing the herbs together  in accurate proportion. 

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Moringa Oleifera

Moringa Oleifera commonly called moringa or drumstick is the most nutrient-rich plant on earth. They are used in traditional medicine to solve more than 300 ailment. It grows mostly in tropical areas. It is rich in vitamin A,B,C,D,E and minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, and magnesium. They are also rich in amino-acid which is scarce among plants. Breast feeding mothers uses it as milk stimulant.

They are very good anti-oxidant to eliminating free radical which helps in warding off heart diseases. it is shown that taken one and a half tea spoon of moringa leaf powder everyday for three month significantly increases blood antioxidant.

One thing people know moringa for is that is used in treating diabetes. Moringa help to lower blood sugar level in a drastic way. 30 women took seven grams of moringa everyday for 30days as a clinical trial and it was discovered that their fasting blood sugar was reduced by 13.5%. Isothiocyanates compound found in moringa leaf is the sugar reducing element in moringa leaf. Isothiocyanate also helps to reduce inflammation. It helps to lower cholesterol level in the body. It also help to protect Arsenic contamination of food and water which have grievous side effect on the body later in the future.

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Monday, 30 October 2017


Cactus belong to a family of plants called Cactaceae a family with 127 genres. Cacti the plural form for cactus is know for its moisturizing and  skin smoothing pulp interior.  Cactus exist mostly in places with drought. They exist in dessert even in Atacama dessert the driest place on earth. They have the ability to store water. They are always found succulent compared to where they are found. Cactus possess the ability to preserve the nutrient and water that is stored in the cell. 

Cactus are planted just for the inside of the plant which is a gel. The property of cacti to store and utilize moisture makes it a good moisturizer for the skin. It doesn't only deliver moisture to the lowest  part of the skin but also train the skin to hold moisture. Just as cactus prevent evaporation of moisture for itself so it does the same for the skin and nothing keeps the skin healthy and vibrant than moisture in the skin. Cacti also works as an antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals and also protect the skin from dessert sun burn. Because of the cooling nature of cactus, it can help to soothe irritated and red skin.

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Calorie Balance (Calories in calories out)

We know we eat to get energy and it's measured in Calories. Just a quick reminder of elementary science. When one eats, food is being digested to glucose, amino-acid etc But glucose give the better energy and it is got from carbohydrate. Through respiration, the broken down compound (glucose) is converted into energy. Excess glucose is store in the liver or body muscles as glycogen to be used later. Here we try to examine the food one eat and energy it produces. If this energy is not consumed (or burnt out), it adds up to the body fat.

      Food                                                 Carbohydrate(in grams)                 Calories

Group of Milk

  • Chocolate milk (1 cup)                                   26                                               208
  • Low fat (2%) milk                                          12                                               121
  • Pudding (any flavour)(1/2 cup)                      30                                               161
  • Skim milk (1 cup)                                          12                                               86                           
  • Yogurt (fruit-flavored, low fat) (1 cup)          42                                               225
  • Yogurt (frozen, low fat) (1 cup                       34                                               220
Group of Beans
  • Black eye peas (1/2 cup)                                22                                               134
  • Garbanzo beans (chick peas) (1 cup)             45                                                269
  • Navy beans (1 cup)                                        48                                                259
  • Pinto beans (1 cup                                          44                                                235
  • Refried beans (1/2 cup)                                  26                                                142
  • White beans (1 cup)                                       45                                                249
Group of Fruits
  • Apple (1 medium)                                          21                                                  81                     
  • Apple (1 medium)                                          28                                               111         
  • Applesauce (1 cup)                                        60                                                232   
  • Banana (1)                                                      27                                                107           
  • Cantaloupe (1 cup)                                         14                                                  57        
  • Dates (dried)(10)                                            61                                                 228    
  • Fruit Roll-Ups (1 roll)                                    12                                                    50    
  • Grapes (1 cup)                                                28                                                   114        
  • Grape Juice (1 cup)                                        23                                                    96     
  • Orange (1)                                                      16                                                   65       
  • Orange Juice (1 cup)                                      26                                                  112           
  • Pear (1)                                                           25                                                   98    
  • Pineapple (1 cup)                                            17                                                   77           
  • Prunes (dried)(10)                                          53                                                  201            
  • Raisins (1/2 cup)                                            79                                                  302         
  • Raspberries (1 cup)                                        14                                                   61 
  • Strawberries (1 cup)                                       11                                                    45        
  • Watermelon (1 cup)                                        12                                                   50
Group of Vegetables 
  • Carrot (1 medium)                                          8                                                     31    
  • Three-bean salad (1/2 cup)                             20                                                    90    
  • Peas, green (1/2 cup)                                      12                                                    63

Group of Grains
  • Bagel (1)                                                         31                                                 165
  • Rice, white (1 cup)                                         50                                                 223
  • Rice, brown (1 cup)                                        50                                                 232

These are food we consume and the amount of energy it produces to the body. if we don't burn out most of the energy, it could be a little harmful to our body because of obesity. We burn out energy every time as long as we live. Most of the process in our body and organs uses energy. But we burn out excess calories if we do more strenuous activities. Simple activities like choosing to take the stairs rather than the lift, walking to  riding on a bike to distance less than 5 miles. one could intensify it by religiously doing workout (e.g. register in the gym).

But if I were you, I'll like to cut down on my appetite by using Garcinia Cambogia. It helps control the impulse that sends the urge to eat. It takes 3,500 calories to produce 1 pound (0.45kg) of fat. You would need 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound. So, in general, if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you'd lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). Garcinia Cambogia don't just limit the impulse to eat, it also restrict the enzymes producing fat to the body. What every approach you use to cut down on the fat, using a TCM supplement is of great advantage. As you workout or limit your diet, your journey towards a calorie balance would be made easier and fast with TCM supplement.

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