Accepted paper:

Developing alternative medicine: a critical survey of traditional bone setting in Enugu-Nigeria


Uche Henry Jacob (Ebonyi State University )
Ozioma Uchime (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University)
Amiara Solomon Amiara (Ebonyi State University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper examines why it has been particularly difficult to develop Africa's traditional bone-setting practices in spite of its enormous potentials. Also, the paper aims to analytically demonstrate how alternative medicine can be integrated with contemporary western orthopaedics treatments.

Paper long abstract:

It is regrettable that successive leaders in Nigeria have failed to address the copious healthcare challenges confronting the nation. The efforts of the nationalists since independence to blend western culture with African traditional system has been a flop. For instance, at the end of colonial rule in Africa, its leaders established more medical schools than trained nurses, doctors and dentist in line with the western medical orientations but showed little or no concern over the development of the indigenous medical practices that were in place before the west colonized Africa. In Africa, plants and herbs play major roles in addressing health challenges before the advent of the Arabs, Europeans, Christian missionaries and the eventual colonization of the continent. The case of malaria, which saw to the death of many European visitors to Africa, did little harm to the people of Africa. The coming of quinine as drug for malaria was in actual sense not the first break through in addressing malaria. For example, dogoyaro, paw-paw leaf and lemon grass were used in preparing drugs for malaria before the discovery of quinine. Unfortunately, the coming of colonialism altered traditional health practices. The colonialist in their racial superiority created the impression that presented orthodox medicine as superior to African medicinal sciences. The paper explores the possibilities for integrating orthodox orthopedics with African traditional bone-setting treatments that will provide cheaper and more effective healthcare system.

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