Users of herbal products have been advised to pay keen attention to purity evaluation and be guided by correct dosage.
Professor of Biochemistry at the Kwara State University, (KWASU), Malete, Emmanuel Oladipo Ajani gave this advice at the 9th Inaugural Lecture of the institution.
Professor Ajani who is also the Dean, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, KWASU, identified quantity as the distinct line between therapy and toxicity.
The Inaugural Lecturer who explained that, the benevolent intention of God was to create plants as food and medicine for man, affirmed that, finished medicinal products that contain whole plants, parts of plants or their extracts as active ingredients render the best forms of cure for human diseases.
The University Don who wended spiritual, qouted Biblical verse from Genesis 1:29 ” Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruits with seed in it, they will be yours for food.”
While itemizing, tiger nut, garden egg, bitter kola, penny wort, moringa as some of the medicinal plants beneficial to human health, Professor Ajani particularly recommended “Zobo drink” as a remedy for patients suffering from hypertension, noting that, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development has proclaimed it as a novel plant therapy in the treatment of hypertension.
He called on government to maximize the economic value chain in phytopharmacology, as the global medicine market is worth 1.1 trillion U.S dollars annually, and about 35 % of it comes directly or indirectly from natural plants.
In his remark, Vice Chancellor, KWASU, Professor Muhammed Mustapha AKanbi, SAN, described the Inaugural Lecturer as an astute researcher whose countless crafty research activities could stand global competitiveness.
Professor Akanbi presented the Inaugural Lecturer with an award of recognition for his unending quest to benefit mankind with therapeutic benefits in alternative medicine, urging him to continue to be the standard bearer in his chosen field.