Pharmacist Ben Amodu is a researcher in herbal products and an expert in phytho-medicinal research. In this interview with DAVID ADUGE-ANI, he believes that herbal medicines are the solution for good health and longevity.
Sir could you explain the economic benefits a Third World country such as Nigeria could derive from herbal treatments?
As you know, if a country’s exports exceed its imports, the result will be favourable balance of trade. I have participated in various expositions and workshops within and outside the country and was able to observe the response of participants.
A patient from London who was perfectly treated with our herbal supplements recently sent this into my mail: “Hello Sir, l give glory to God”
He told me that he visited other hospitals in India, and was advised to continue with his medication. Positive results of our supplement combinations to patients in 2013 moved Se Kroa Ehoule, the director and the coordinator of program of national promotion of traditional medicine in the country commended us.
If herbs can be recommended for the cure of the highest disease of the lung, then asthma being a disease of the lung is a small thing to the herbs.
The case of a hepatitis patient I mentioned above, whose UK medical consultant saw as incurable are ways of attracting international trade in the country which you know will go a long way to enhance favourable balance of trade. And if the wonders being performed by herbs on both communicable and non-communicable diseases within and outside the country can be encouraged by the government, herbal tourism will be attracted in Nigeria, because people will be coming from all over the world to Nigeria which in turn will attract foreign exchange.
Are you satisfied with how the governments have been going about this branch of medicine?
Well, I won’t tell you that I am satisfied, but with all these developments so far, I believe that the present government will begin to encourage it. World Health Organization (WHO) recommended herbs for the treatment of modern diseases. I want to inform you that the magic behind good health and longevity of life which China, India and other Asian countries have been enjoying are found in the use of herbs.
You have said it severally that herbal medicines succeed where its orthodox counterparts fail. Can you explain this?
I can give you instances, where herbs treat and cure communicable and no communicable diseases more than their orthodox counterparts.
It would surprise you to know that hepatitis kills about 11 people in this country on a daily basis.
There are ailments such as kidney diseases, among others which have been found to be resistant to herbal treatments. What is your opinion on this?
The fact of the matter is that we don’t value what we have in this country. But thank God that today people have begun to testify to what we have after having used the orthodox and the herbal medicines.
What would be your recommendations to the government regarding herbal treatments in the country?
I would task the federal government to look inward. The reason is that the diseases termed incurable can now be cured and this is based from results we have been receiving commendations from our various patients within and outside the country who were treated with herbs.
Orthodox branch of medicine has been recognised in many countries of the world for the treatment of modern diseases even more than herbs. Could you react to this?
I am a pharmacist and have been in phytho medicine research for a long time now. I have said it above and still want to repeatedly inform you that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued releases many times on the need for using herbal medicines in treatment of ailments in the world; be them communicable or non-communicable ones.
Herbal medicines are very good in the treatment of diseases that people grow into as they age and in medical term, they are called non-communicable diseases. Among them are diseases of cardiovascular of high triglyceride levels in blood like high blood pressure (HBP), diabetes, stroke, ulcer and asthma.