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African Traditional Medicine

African Traditional Medicine

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AFRICANAFRICANTRADITIONALTRADITIONALMEDICINEMEDICINE
PRESENTER: YAO DOEPRESENTER: YAO DOESUPERVISOR:SUPERVISOR:
 
 
INTRODUCTIONINTRODUCTION
 Traditional African medicine is a holistic discipline Traditional African medicine is a holistic disciplineinvolving extensive use of indigenous herbalisminvolving extensive use of indigenous herbalismcombined with aspects of African spirituality.combined with aspects of African spirituality.
An estimated 80% of Africans regularly useAn estimated 80% of Africans regularly usetraditional medicines, most of which are derivedtraditional medicines, most of which are derivedfrom plant species indigenous to the region.from plant species indigenous to the region. These may be obtained on prescription from a These may be obtained on prescription from atraditional healer, purchased from herb sellers ortraditional healer, purchased from herb sellers orgathered in the wild for self-medication.gathered in the wild for self-medication. 
Of the close to 6400 plant species used in tropicalOf the close to 6400 plant species used in tropicalAfrica, for instance, more than 4000 are used asAfrica, for instance, more than 4000 are used asmedicinal plants.medicinal plants.
 
 
SOME COMMON METHODSSOME COMMON METHODSOF TRADITIONAL MEDICINEOF TRADITIONAL MEDICINEPREPARATIONPREPARATION
Hot water decoction of parts of Hot water decoction of parts of plants likeplants like1. the roots1. the roots2. the leaves2. the leaves3. the bark3. the bark
Cold extraction of the same parts of Cold extraction of the same parts of the plants by using ethanol (or localthe plants by using ethanol (or localgin).gin).
Mechanical ways by grinding orMechanical ways by grinding or

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