The use of herbal medicine as one element of complementary and alternative medicine is increasing worldwide. Herbal medicines, both crude and refined, are not new. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist bodily functions. In the past modern science has considered methods of traditional knowledge of herbal medicine as primitive such that during the colonial era traditional medical practices were often declared as illegal by the colonial authorities. However, it’s important to note today that of the 252 drugs on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) essential medicine list, 11 percent are exclusively of plant origin. Many have turned to herbal remedies for the treatment of a number of health co
The point has often been made that when you are not able to effectively and also regularly get rid of waste from your system, your system has no choice than to build up toxins. In the process of evacuation, wastes that come chiefly in solid form, as well as liquids and gases are expelled the method known as excretion. This process of excretion or elimination is exercised in the process of bowel movement or passing excreta, urination, flatulence or farting, and also sweating. Studies have also shown that a good number of health challenges and enfeebling diseases, as well as cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, heart attack, stroke and even cancer and diabetes, are all considered many at times by experts, as life style diseases. And also, to a great extent we do know that nutr...
A number of expert studies over time have clearly shown that tea, be it black, green or white, is a rich and powerful source of antioxidants that aid in the fight against free radicals in your body. Experts say - in the body free radicals are high-energy particles that ricochet wildly and damage cells. They are responsible for oxidation which leads to so many incapacitating diseases including lifestyle induced dangerous illnesses such as – cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer, etc. Drinking tea thus helps reduce the risk of cancer. Medical research has found that for instance, women who drink at least a cup of tea daily have been able to reduce their risk of developing ovarian cancer by as much as 10 percent more than those who do not dr
When it comes to the vagina, there are so many advices and things to look out for and worry about. From using soaps to wash the vagina (which is totally uncalled for since the vagina is a self-cleaning organ) to putting scented things around it, because the vagina naturally smells bad (that’s also not true). Another thing that women seemingly have to worry about when it comes to the vagina is how “tight” or “loose” it becomes - vagina tightening in essence. What is vaginal tightening? Vaginal tightening is the tightening of the pelvic muscles to achieve or maintain the right degree of elasticity of the pelvic floor muscles. Do you have to worry about your vagina being tight or loose? According to medical experts, the basic anatomy of the vagina is simple. The vagina is like a tub
ABUJA – Physically challenged Nigerians, under the aegis of Joint National Association of Persons Living with Disability (JONAPWD), on Monday, threatened to vote against politicians opposed to the signing of the Disability Bill into Law by President Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking with journalists in Abuja, JONAPWD President, Judith Umoh, said the association was prepared to mobilise its 27 million membership strength against such politicians in the forthcoming general elections.Recall that the clamour for the enactment of a law to alleviate the plights of PLWDs began with the sponsorship of the Disability Bill 18 years ago, precisely in the year 2000.Several attempts made by successive administrations in Nigeria to sign the Bill into law had failed. But the proposed law received a fres
THE Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has called on the police and all other government agencies to enforce the ban on flavoured tobacco products including Shisha. Adewole said this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday to mark the 2018 world No- Tobacco Day. Shisha smoking is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube. However, the minister said most of the flavoured tobacco were targeted at the youths and were as dangerous as cigarettes. The minister said, “Let me stress that the ban on tobacco products with characterising flavours is still in place and the ban includes shisha because it has flavour. I, therefore, urge the Consumer Protection Council and the law enforcement agencies to intensify arrest of defaulte
The pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed off 280 patent medicine stores in Zamfara state for various offences, the director inspection and monitoring of the council Mrs Anthonia O Aruya has said. Briefing newsmen shortly after an enforcement exercise Mrs Aruya said a total of 365 premises comprising four pharmacies and and 361 Patent Medicine shops were visited. She said some of the offences include operating without registration with pharmacists Council of Nigeria, failure to renew premise licences , dispensing ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist and poor sanitary conditions among others. "One of the core mandates of the PCN is to ensure rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality to the public and phar
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) on Monday said it would continue its ongoing nationwide strike until the Federal Government implement certain agreements reached between the two parties on Sept. 30, 2017. JOHESU disclosed this at a peaceful rally organised by its national body in Abuja, saying it would not be deterred by the court’s injunction compelling its members to return to work.Mr Josiah Biobelemoye, National Chairman of the union said the rally was aimed at updating members with current developments regarding the ongoing strike, including the recent court order.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Industrial Court (NIC) gave an order on May 25, 2018 compelling JOHESU to call off the strike, which began on April 18.Biobelemoye emphasised that the union ha
In spite of the ban on codeine, the use of the drug is still widespread among youths in Maiduguri, Borno State, Daily Trust findings have revealed. There are still many dealers operating from various areas of the metropolis. “If you go to Lake Chad Hotel premises which is very close to where I live, empty bottles of codeine containing drugs and cough syrup litter everywhere, one would actually wonder if truly the substance has been banned. People are still consuming it,” said Bukar Ibrahim, a concerned resident. “It makes the consumers rebellious and they engage in rape, theft and bunkering. People engaged in drugs can go to any length to source for money to finance the habit,” Bukar added. Another resident, Abdullahi Goni said large numbers of youths and housewive
Trastuzumab isn’t exactly new, but it is offering simpler and quicker treatment for women living with breast cancer. Previous formulations for dealing with breast cancer, which affects millions of women around the world, have been administered as intravenous medication, injected into a line attached to a patient. Sold under the brand name Herceptin, the drug comes as a subcutaneous formulation, allowing it to be administered as an injection, according to the Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche, which makes the formulation. Herceptin is designed to target and block the function of HER2, a protein produced by a specific gene with potential to cause cancer when it is over expressed, according to Oladipupo Hameed, country manager for Roche Nigeria. The drug works by activating the body’s immun
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt, Senator Shehu Sani has urged the federal governmnet to address the demands of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and not demonize them. The lawmaker in a tweet,said "The FG should listen to JOHESU and address their grievances and not demonize them.The NMA should offer to mediate and not go against JOHESU.Someday the NMA will need JOHESU.Let the political and business elites end medical tourism and fund and equip our public health sector".
The Vice Chancellor of the Redeemer’s University, Prof. Debo Adeyewa, has disclosed that the school has capacity to curb Lassa fever.He gave the hint during the 13th matriculation of the university in Ede, Osun State. According to him, the institution has the capability to contain and eliminate Lassa fever through its research activities. Adeyewa accused the Federal Government of insincerity in not collaborating and supporting its World Bank-sponsored African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases.He said it was unfortunate that this is happening at a critical moment that Lassa fever is rampaging the country. He lamented that the Federal Government has not encouraged the school in its efforts, despite that it had spent millions of naira to conduct research relating to
Key facts Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. The monkeypox virus can cause a fatal illness in humans and, although it is similar to human smallpox which has been eradicated, it is much milder. The monkeypox virus is transmitted to people from various wild animals but has limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission. Typically, case fatality in monkeypox outbreaks has been between 1% and 10%, with most deaths occurring in younger age groups. There is no treatment or vaccine available although prior smallpox vaccination was highly effective in preventing monkeypox as well. Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms in humans similar ...
The meeting between the federal government and striking members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, which held between Tuesday and Wednesday has failed to resolve the crisis. The leaders of various unions who convened at the meeting held in Abuja to review the negotiation between the parties did not concede to the appeal made by federal government’s negotiation team led by Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, to end the strike. Ahead of the meeting, Mr. Ngige had accused the union of not following procedure before they began their nationwide strike. The minister who called the reconciliation meeting said the union neglected to give the government a 14-day notice required by law. While the union said the strike will continue; it, however, urged its counterparts
Three people have been confirmed dead following outbreak of diarrhea in Kardi area of Birnin Kebbi. Unconfirmed reports had put the dead figure at over 40 but the Community Health Officer in charge of the Primary Health Care at the village, Abdulkarim Abubakar, said they had only recorded three deaths from the 160 patients admitted there. He said five people whose cases were serious had been referred to Sir Yahaya Specialist Hospital in Birnin Kebbi while 147 others have been discharged from the PHC after they were treated. During his visit to the affected areas in Kardi, the Vice Chairman of Birnin Kebbi Local Government, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim delivered drugs worth N350,000 to the PHC where the patients are currently receiving treatment. He said, “We felt sad over the deaths so f