Imo State University, Nigeria
Title: Ethnomedical studies of plants used for treatment of diseases in eastern part of Nigeria
Dr Ferdinand Nkem Mbagwu was born to the family of Chief and Mrs Peter Ejiogu of Ndiokwu village in Ibele authonomous community in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State Nigeria in the year 1969. Dr Mbagwu F.N. attended community School Umuaka from 1974 -1980; Umuaka High School from 1980 -1985; Rivers State School of Arts and Science1985-1986; University of Port Harcourt from1988-1992; Imo State University Owerri Nigreia from1995-1997 and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Nigeria from2000-2005. He has the following degrees FSLS, WASC, BSC BOTANY,MSC BOTANY, and PhD in Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics. He is a senior lecturer with Imo State University Owerri Nigeria and currently the Head of the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology. He has held different positions at Imo State University such as Departmental exam officer, member admission screening committee, member University exam committee, chairman, university time table committee, Time table officer, Faculty of science. Cordinator, departmental postgraduate programme, Associate Dean, Inssitute of continuing Education Programme. He has supervised up to five Msc students. He is an editor of African Journal of Biotechnology. He is a fellow Institute of corporate Administration of Nigeria. He is a member of Botanical Society of Nigeria, Member-Moringa Association of Nigeria, Member-West African Research and Innovation Management Association. He has published over48 journal articles both local and international. He has written over 12 books and has co authored over 8 books. He has attended about 5 conferences with papers presented.
An investigation into the ethno medical studies on plants used in the treatment of certain diseases in Eastern Nigeria was carried out. The results showed that different plant species belonging to different families of flowering plants were used for the treatment of one aliment or the order. The plants were made up of cultivated, wild and protected species. Species of plant such as Cocos nucifera, Newbouldia laevis, Asmina triloba, lcacina trichantha, Azadirachta indica, Musa paradisaca etc. were implicated in the treatment of more than one disease. Difference diseases including serious cases as madness, fibroid, diabetes, gonorrhea etc were reported curable by the plants. Aspects of ingredients such as the maintenance of standard quality by the use of specific quantities of plant extracts and a tendency towards specialization by the practitioners were apparent in this study. The fear of lack of government approval due to lack of medical certificate was reportedly hindering the growth of the practice. Based on this investigation, the researcher recommended among other things, that the Federal Government of Nigeria should as a matter of urgency consider publishing the Natioanl Policy on ethnomedical research.
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