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AFRICAN MEDICINE The 21st century has begun with a global health crisis of new and re-emerging diseases spiralling out of control, which coupled with escalating violence and poverty, threatens to cripple entire communities and countries. To tackle this crisis, it is currently essential that the Medical community work to access and harness as many resources and partners as possible. One of the resources often overlooked and underestimated, is the role of traditional medicine and healers, and the potential contributions they can make at many levels of health care delivery. One of the most famous traditional medicine being African medicine. Yorubic medicine is native to and widely practiced on the African continent. Yorubic medicine has its roots in the Ifa Corpus, a religious text revealed by the mystic Prophet Orunmila, over 4000 years ago in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, now known as Yorubaland. Within the last 400 years, this healing system has also been practiced in the day to day lives of individuals in the Caribbean, and South America. The traditions were brought over by African slaves arriving in America. Orunmila's teachings were directed at the Yoruba people which centered around the topics of divination, prayer, dance, symbolic gestures, personal and communal elevation, spiritual baths, meditation, and herbal medicine. The purpose of Yoruba is not merely to counteract the negative forces of disease in the human body, but also to achieve spiritual enlightenment and elevation which are the means of freeing the soul. ...read more.


The three major herbal systems, Ayurveda, Chinese Traditional Medicine, and Western herbology were extracted from the knowledge created by the priests and wise men in the Nile Valley. Early in its history and its development, Nile Valley civilization created a basic way of life that attracted teachers, and priests from other parts of Africa, always enriching the original complex composition of the Nile Valley. By the time the Yoruba people made their journey to the Nile Valley, led by the mystic prophet Orunmila, Egyptian priests had accumulated centuries of herbal and medical knowledge. The Yoruba's drew from this treasure chest of wisdom, and incorporated it into their own religious and cultural customs. The key point, in regards to the evolution of Yoruba medicine, is that Egyptian knowledge, coupled with the earlier Nok people, produced the outcome of Yoruba herbal practices. The use of herbs and plants, called ewe in Yoruba, is of great importance. Herbs are picked for medicinal, and the spiritual powers they possess. In Yorubaland, herbs are gathered by the Oloogun, or by the various types of herbalists who inhabit the regions where Yoruba is practiced. The population can usually obtain herbs either by private practice or from the marketplace in town. In the America and the Caribbean's, Yoruba based practitioners are also directed to use herbs as medicine. Here the Oloogun or priests, as well as devotees alike gather herbs for medicine, baths, and religious artifacts. ...read more.


Proanthocyanidins play a role in the stabilization of collagen and maintenance of elastin which are two critical proteins in connective tissue that support organs, joints, blood vessels, and muscle. Possibly because of their effects on blood vessels, proanthocyanidins have been reported in double-blind research to reduce the duration of edema after face-lift surgery. Proanthocyanidins also have an affinity for cell membranes, providing nutritional support to reduce capillary permeability and fragility. Proanthocyanidins strengthen capillary walls, therefore improving circulation. This is especially important for people with compromised circulatory systems, such as stroke victims, diabetics, arthritics, smokers, oral contraceptive users and people with general cardiovascular insufficiencies. Proanthocyanidins eliminate free radicals that are responsible for as many as 60 diseases, including several conditions associated with aging. Therefore, Jobelyn has the benefits possessing antioxidant properties thereby offering protection against many diseases including heart diseases and cancer1. However, these compounds have also been reported to demonstrate antibacterial, antiviral, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and vasodilatory actions and may be a useful component in the treatment of a number of conditions. Jobelyn plays a tremendous role in the management of HIV/AIDS, increasing cellular immunity in HIV positive individuals either alone or in combination with antiretroviral drugs. In a preliminary study involving 64 patients, Jobelyn significantly increased the CD4 counts in HIV/AIDS patients receiving triple therapy of Nevirapine, Lamivudine and Stavudine for 12 weeks whose initial CD4 counts were low. It also effectively increased the CD4 counts of HIV/AIDS patients whose CD4 counts were lesser when given alone. There was general improvement in the well-being of the patients. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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