Tropical countries have been plagued with Malaria infection rates in their most vulnerable groups: young children and pregnant women. Africa has more than one million deaths per year and Nigeria has more than 75 per cent of its children under age ten infected.
Anti-malarial drugs have been used for nearly 100 years, but the parasite has developed a resistance to drugs at an alarming rate. To counter these epidemics and drug-resistant strains, Nigerian researchers have developed herbal cocktail cures from local plants.
A typical cocktail consists of Morinda lucida, Nauclea latifolia, Cymbopogon citratus, pawpaw leaves, Moringa oleifera, Mangifera indica, bitter kola, and Psidium guajava,”
said the developers, plant taxonomist at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and Ebonyi State University, and Professor Jonathan Okafor. Using their common names, these local ingredients are brimstone tree, leaves of ubulu inu, lemon grass, male papaya leaves, drumstick tree leaves, mango leaves and bark, bitter cola and guava.
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