Nigeria is full of vibrance and exuberant places. It is a country of diverse people with a gap between the wealthy and the impoverished. The Nigerian population is more than 154.7 million. Its biggest city is Lagos and its capital is Abuja. Its major dialect is English (which is an official language), other dialects are Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa. It is having three large ethnic groups – the Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba, and Igbo. Here major religions are Islam, Christianity, and indigenous beliefs. Nigeria’s life expectancy is around 50 years. Nigeria is the bigger exporter of Petroleum, petroleum products, cocoa, and rubber due to which businessmen like to travel and book their flights to Nigeria.
The Baby-Boomers, those born from 1946 through 1964 are the largest population to require health care than ever before in Nigeria. Medical practitioners and pharmaceutical companies around the world are focusing on what pills, potions, or surgeries the baby boomers-turned-seniors will be likely to use in the next 30 – 40 years. Ironically, the majority of people tend to be concerned about their health after something major has occurred. The truth is if we consistently take good care of our health the aging process has little impact.
Baby boomers are voicing their concerns about better health, more than prior generations. However, many do not know where to find information and options, other than Traditional Western Medicine (TWM) as against Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (TCAM).
Few people research the plethora of side effects of prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs-not to mention that prescription and OTC drugs are formulated to take over and hijack your body’s biochemistry. Prescription and OTC drugs force blood pressure to be lower/higher or force the liver to stop manufacturing healthy cholesterol. In fact, prescription or OTC drugs interfere with normal human metabolism, and that is one reason why prescription drugs are killing people. Yet, conventional medical doctors rely on propaganda about the unknown side effects of holistic health care to convince people that only prescription or OTC drugs are safe. It is NOT that they are terrified about the side effects of holistic health care-they are terrified of people being well and they won’t have their business of prescribing life-long pills and potions. Western Medicine is profit driven.
If everyone knew they could prevent any disease with plant extracts, medicinal herbs, natural vitamins, minerals, and supplements, as well as having peace of mind-the pharmaceutical and medical industries would collapse overnight.
The World Health Organization estimates that
- Between 65 to 80 percent of the world’s population (about 3 billion people) rely on naturopathic or homeopathic medicine as their primary form of health care.
- Worldwide, only 10 to 30 percent of people use traditional medicine, and 70 to 90 percent use naturopathic and homeopathic healthcare.
- 84 percent of the Nigerian population desires a natural approach to healthcare.
- Out of the two out of three Nigerians who say they have used natural techniques, 84 percent said they would use natural methods again.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine has been chosen by the World Health Organization for worldwide propagation to meet the healthcare needs of the twenty-first century.
- The U.S. government sponsors the use of acupuncture in drug rehabilitation programs.
Holistic healthcare practices include:
- Aromatherapy/flower essences
- Ayurvedic medicine
- Chelation therapy
- Essential Oils
- Guided imagery
- Herbology/Herbal remedies
- Mind, Body, Spirit healing (using the unconscious mind)
- Movement and exercise therapy
- Nutrition therapy
- Reiki/energy medicine
- Relaxation response
- Therapeutic touch
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Most Nigerian communities have resources for natural medicine, natural vitamin,s and supplement stores. The Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) has also been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a very important healthcare service delivery system alongside other practices such as Acupuncture and Ayurveda that have now been adapted from other countries for use in Nigeria. Nigeria is blessed with over 10,000 species of medicinal plants of which less than 20% are utilized. These valuable bio-resources often referred to as “Green Gold” can be harnessed for the production of medicines, cosmetics, and other products.
The advent of the economic crisis in recent times has created a shift toward the consumption of medicinal plants, there has been an increasing practice in herbal medicine and this has, in turn, increased the Life Expectancy of the Average Nigerian in terms of Healthcare Treatment.
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