Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy
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This study is critically assessed the Nigerian traditional remedies used in the management of diabetes
scientifically formulated by Pharm. Zainab U Shariff based on the constituents, actions and activities
of the long use traditional remedies in Nigeria. The objectives of the study is to expose further research into
these remedies for the possible discovery of a new drug for the management and treatment of diabetes while
utilizing its benefits with the basic science as herbal and phyto-medicines for the benefit of diabetic patients.
Another objective is to facilitate the use of traditional medicine in the official health care system by stating
the potential and economic benefits of traditional medicine practice to future utilize the knowledge passed
down to generations by the traditional medicine practitioners into modern science thereby bringing the old
knowledge into modern science, also to promote the protection of the intellectual property of traditional
herbal medicine formulas. The findings of the study of was that the expensive cost of diabetic orthodox drugs
and long term side effects has led to the increase need for more affordable, accessible and safer treatment
method, which led to the in-depth study of traditional remedies. The study of the traditional remedies
captures the more in-dept benefits to diabetic patients such as insulin, anti-oxidants properties and tonicity
of the body organs unlike the scientific method of only insulin effects. At the end of the presentation, it will
be recommended various traditional herbal formulations for the prevention, management and treatment of
diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Zainab Ujudud Shariff has completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. She is a Civil Servant and is the current pioneer Head of the Department of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. She was the pioneer Managing Director of the Nigeria Medicinal Plants Development Company (NMPDC). She is also the Author of six medicinal books and publications titled Natural pharmacy series on medicinal plants. She has also served as Resource person to the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP).