Review Article The Role of Traditional Medicine in Modern Health

1*Ojo, N.A.,3Sodipo, O. A., 1Ngulde, S. I.  1Simon, J.,1Adawaren, E. O., 1Yahi, D.,

1Madziga, H. A.,1Telta, A. D.,1Dibila, H. M., Ndahi, J.J4. and 2Mbaya, Y. P.

1Department of Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.

2 Department of Animal Science and Range Management

School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology

Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria

3Department of Clinical Pharmacology,

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Maiduguri,

Borno State, Nigeria

4 Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.




Traditional medicine is the ancient and culture bound medical practice which existed before the

application of modern science  to health. It is still  popular  today despite  the giant  strides in

science, technology and modern health. This paper reviews the role of traditional medicine in

modern health with emphasis on the local formulation, consumption, challenges and economy of

traditional medicine  in Nigeria.  References were  drawn mostly  from Africa but also include

those from other parts of the world. It was concluded that traditional medicine was contributing

positively to the improvement of health and economy of the country. There is the need for more

commitment on the side  of  government for integration  of traditional  medicine  into the main

streamline of health care delivery system in the country.

Key Words: traditional medicine, Nigeria, modern health, economy 


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