The Development of Nutraceuticals and Traditional Medicine

TitleThe Development of Nutraceuticals and Traditional Medicine
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsAnywar, G, Ohia, C, A.Nalumansi, P
KeywordsTraditional medicineTraditional systemsTraditional medicine practitionersMedicinal plants

African traditional medicine is as old as mankind. There has been a recent resurgence in the use of traditional medicine all over the world, and in Africa specifically. The term traditional medicine is usually interchangeably used with complementary medicine and alternative medicine in some countries. Although different African governments have contributed toward improving traditional medicine in their respective countries, these efforts need to be consolidated through political goodwill. This can be translated into building robust and well-researched systems of traditional medicine, to strengthening capacity by training and accrediting traditional health practitioners, researching and adding value to traditional medicines, and stemming the tide of destruction of natural resources such as forests. This will take a concerted effort from all governments and different stakeholders, if African traditional medicine is to develop to international standards. Therefore, for there to be an increase in the credibility and acceptance of traditional medicines, more scientific validation for quality, safety, and efficacy is required.