Malaria: Traditional Chinese Medicine to the Rescue
Nigeria is set to harness Traditional Chinese Medicine to combat malaria, as a team of experts from the Jianqxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine have introduced complementary and alternative medicine to fight the scourge. The treatment
Nigeria is set to harness Traditional Chinese Medicine to combat malaria, as a team of experts from the Jianqxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine have introduced complementary and alternative medicine to fight the scourge.
The treatment will also include acupuncture and the use of Chinese herbal products. According to the Deputy Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Guan Zhongqi, “The Chinese government have brought these new ideas and forms of treatment to Nigeria to tackle Malaria.
We know that Malaria is a common disease in Africa and we have some Chinese traditional treatment and we think it is best to bring these ideas to the Nigerian healthcare system. We also have physical health treatment like the acupuncture that is very different from medical treatment. We want to introduce these Chinese medicines to help the Nigeria people.
Acupuncture is very cheap for common people. Some African countries have benefited from this venture.” On his part, the Comptroller of Immigration, Lagos State Command, Ekpedeme King said “We have to support them so that they enjoy the benefits and the ease of doing business in Nigeria. We also hope that in due course the Nigerian traditional medicine will be exported to other countries including China.
It will be a good trade bilateral relationship while ensuring they are properly documented.” China has helping African countries re-energize the war against malaria through biomedical research. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which originated from ancient China is a science that studies human life, health and disease. With unique theoretical system, rich clinical experiences and scientific ways of thinking, TCM is a scientific knowledge system, which takes the natural science as its main subjects and integrates with social science.