By Matthew Denis
The Federal Government has been advised to institutionalise trado-medical practice in Nigeria for a vibrant health sector.
Speaking to Pilot Health, the Consultant of Liberty Herbal Consult, Mrs. Theresa …called for due recognition for unorthodox medicine in the country.
She proposed that practitioners of the orthodox and traditional medicine should practice alongside to achieve qualitative healthcare delivery.
This, according to her will give patients opportunity to make desired choice for their treatment.
“In the Western world there is freedom of choice among the patients. You can choose either herbal or orthodox in the hospitals, the practitioners practice alongside each other.
“Even consulting doctors will ask for your preference. Unfortunately here in Nigeria, nobody is trying to persuade any patient to seek herbal medicine treatment.
“However, when the patients do not get healing for their health challenges through orthodox medicine, they run to us for treatment, ” she further said.
The trado-medical practitioner pointed out that unorthodox medicine does not have side effect because the treatment is nature-based.
“The advantage that herbal medicine has is its total cleansing without side effect because it is natural. When you use herbal medicine for a particular illness you are sure of 100 per cent cure but in the case of orthodox medicine, the tablets when taken reduces the pains and regenerates after awhile.
“For instance when you operate fibroid it will grow again and prostrate but if it is herbal consider it healed totally and even cancer if you meet herb practitioners that know about it’s gone forever, ” she stated.
She noted that people are gradually resorting to herbal medicine because they have realised the efficacy of herbs in treating diseases.
“The basis of orthodox medicine is from herbs but it is because of the chemical base that people are avoiding it and moreso the medicines are time bound.”
She however advised patients to avoid going against the prescription by both orthodox and trado-medical practitioners during the course of their treatment.