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Nigerian herbal medicines and malaria

13 Jul 2010

Posted by: Paul Chinnock - Editorial Team

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The prospects of finding an effective treatment for malaria amongst the many herbal preparations used by traditional healers have been discussed in an article in Nigerian Tribune.

The article focuses on research at the University of Ibadan, first announced three years ago, in which 164 plants were found to be used by healers in malaria treatment in Nigeria’s Middle Belt alone. Twelve of these were particularly commonly used, and one of them, Enatia chlorantha, was studied further by the researchers. They found it to be active against malaria in mice, but mice that received it regularly died. Determining an appropriate dose rate would therefore be essential before human trials could be conducted.

As healers in other parts of Africa use a different range of herbal preparations for malaria, there certainly remains much work to be done to screen all these preparations both for effectiveness and for safety.

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  1. Dr David Stevenson Says:

    During and after working in other parts of Africa [mainly Malawi] I heard periodically of a Nigerian herbal medicine “Dogwon Yaro” which many claimed to be highly effective against malaria. Someone told me that it is in fact the Indian Neem Tree, imported in the past to West Africa, which I know to be highly valued in India as a source of herbal medicines for several conditions. I should be interested to know whether anyone can confirm its use against malaria in Africa.
    david.stevenson@ed.ac.uk

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