Skip to main content

Bitter kola

Phytotherapy has come to stay and people especially in Africa seek alternative solutions to medicine because they believe it's cheap. One major problem with the practice is that many are of the opinion that the medicine doesn't have a specific dosage to it and doubt if any of the herbs has been tested in the lab and studied to be sure it actually attacks the root cause of the disease or it only works on the symptom Read more to know about Herbalism.  But something a little funny happened when the Ebola epidemic started in Nigeria where everyone wanted to find a vaccine against the virus. People seemed not to minded how silly the remedy could be, they went to the extent of taking their bath with salt. Not that salt bath (sea water or epsom salt) has no health benefit to the skin. We understand Ebola virus can be transmitted via body fluid but it's ridiculous to me that salt bath could be a possible vaccine for Ebola virus not disputing the fact that some solutions happens by serendipity.
Something linked a highly respected political figure in the country to a solution in bitter kola.

By  Gabriel Olawale IN recent times, former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Maurice Iwu, has been in the news over his  acclaimed  research of a potential cure for the Ebola virus in a drug synthesised from Garcinia (bitter kola). Iwu, a pharmacognocist has since been appointed  member of a six-man Treatment Research Group inaugurated by the Federal government to research on treatment and possible cure of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD. Iwu speaks about the Bitter kola experience. Excerpts:


Fig 1. Bitter Kola



 Bitter kola also called Garcnia Kola is found mostly in Nigeria and West Central Africa. It has been discovered to be a very effective antibiotics for curing lots of diseases. The tree and the nut has been used largely in traditional medicine. Chewing Bitter Kola relieves cough, bronchial and throat troubles. Several studies discovered bitter kola to be a remedy for dysentery, osteoarthritis, antidote against poisoning and considered an aphrodisiac.

One beauty about traditional medicine is that it has limited side effect compared to pharmaceutic drugs which has a ton of side effect. But TCM practice collaborate with orthodox medicine.

Bitter kola is very effective in treating lungs problem. A study in the 2009 issue of The Internet Journal of Pulmonary Medicine, performed on mice, reports that Garcinia kola improved respiratory function after 28 days of use of a Garcinia extract. Written by Simon Adekunle of the Ekiti State University in Nigeria, the study shows that Garcinia kola works by dilating the alveolar ducts and sacs in the lungs by improving the strength of the fibers in the lung tissue. Bitter kola’s beneficial lung properties are attributed to its high antioxidant content


Study also shows that bitter kola contains anti-malaria extract and it is prescribe traditionally as a remedy for malaria even down to D.R Congo. In 1999, a group of researchers in Kinshasa, Congo, attested to why people should consider feeding more on bitter kola to ward off malaria. Under laboratory conditions, they found extracts from bark, stem and seed of bitter kola tree inhibit the growth of malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) by at least 60% at a low concentration of 6 mg/ml.

Bitter kola is also used in combating arthritis as mentioned earlier osteoarthritis. This is a common type of arthritis caused by joint injury, obesity and ageing.

People sometimes get discouraged in African traditional medicine because they promote the fact that one product cures all ailment "gbogbonishe". Shocker there are scientific research that proves it actually cures a ample lot of ailment. Bitter kola plays a significant role in treating glacoma (an eye infection), HIV, male fertility, immune building, food poising etc.

Do not be discourage by the idea of "gbogbonishe" bitter kola is a very effective traditional medicine. chewing it for the fun of it could go a long way to ward off sickness.


Download the TCM app to always keep in touch with our post. Product like detoxin sheet, milk calcium and propolis syrup comes in mind. Use the app to contact a TCM expert if you have any question.





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

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 ca…

Peppermint oil and Pain Relief

Peppermint oil is one of the oldest European herbs in making medicine. It contains antimicrobial and antiviral activitves. It help relax the gastrointestinal track when used orally. More importantly it has anti-allegenic potential and pain killing effect.
Peppermint oil is an hybrid of spearmint and water mint. The most active ingredient is menthol (50 -60%) and methone (10-30%).
Peppermint oil is very effective in relieving pain and helps relax the muscles. It is used in alieviating a tension headache when applied externally. To use peppermint oil in relieving pain, add 2-3 drops of the oil on the concern area 3 times a day in warm water and little epsom salt. If you want a product already made by a nice alternative company, try to buy nanocool gel. The product is made of peppermint and other ingredients done using nano technology.

Nano technology manupulates molecules to less then a 100 nanometers. This miniaturize the peppermint oil ingredients to give it a quick action effect. If …

How you feel and look when you smile

Smiling would feel good when you gaze through the mirror and you obverse your teeth. How do you feel when after smiling, your smile starts trending as a subject of humor on social media because of teeth coloration. It is worth noting  that the true color of the teeth dentin is yellow. The more you age, the outer part of the teeth called enamel gets worn out revealing the true color of the teeth but they are other factor that also contribute to teeth coloration which are majorly centered on life style. 
One which is worthy of note is fluoride intake. Due to environmental factors, one could come in contact with it in drinking water. or should we start another behavioral communication against the use of tooth paste because we know sodium fluoride is one of the key compound of some toothpaste. should we start a campaign on using chewing stick rather than toothbrush? Some research have it that chewing stick has revealed parallel and at times greater mechanical and chemical cleansing of o…