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Don advocates practice of African traditional medicine


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Ibadan, May 20, 2019 (NAN) Dr Obafemi Jegede, a Senior Researcher in Ethno-medicine at University of Ibadan, has advised Nigerians to appreciate and emulate efforts of African forefathers in the practice of traditional medicine.

Jegede gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, South West Nigeria on Monday.

He said the African continent had remained backward till now, because Africans did not appreciate the efforts and wisdom left behind by their forefathers in the production of quality medicine.

“I will like the glory of our forefathers to be seen by the world;they should look up to us for great medical care.

“It is time for Africans to look inward and stop looking up to the western world for medical solutions.

“By the time we appreciate our ancestors and harness African plants to resolve medical challenges of the western world, there would be a paradigm shift to greatness in medicine,” he said.

For instance, he said he had come up with a local soap called “ Dasaka Green Soap’’ that could deal with stress instead of taking analgesics.

“I was inspired by the danger inherent in oral analgesic, also known as painkiller drugs or narcotic, which we often take to tackle stress.

“However, my soap, which, I recently researched is a combination of different African plants mixed with black soap and water,” Jegede said.

He added that by mere bathing with the soap, stress, which is a major source of stroke and other ailments, would be a thing of the past.

According to him, the soap has no side effects unlike oral analgesic,which is known to bring about systemic problems such as kidney and liver problems.

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