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African Herbal Remedies: The Healing Abilities of Nature's Gift

Project by Polygence alum Nicolette

African Herbal Remedies: The Healing Abilities of Nature's Gift

Project's result

The outcome of this project was to find out how African Herbal Remedies work, how they have evolved, how they are used to cure specific diseases, and why this field of medicine is declining.

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Summary

How are diseases like Typhoid, Malaria and COVID-19 cured using African Herbal remedies? How are these remedies evolving now as compared to hundreds of years ago? Why are these remedies declining?

The use of medicinal herbs to cure illnesses is considered one of the most ancient and efficient, but highly questionable therapeutic procedures performed in African countries with its use dating back to the Paleolithic age approximately 60,000 years ago. This field of medicine presents one of the most ardent questions and unsettling discoveries relating to how they work, how they are made, and how they are gradually evolving. These herbs are used in various kinds of ways having to do with skin, food, religion, etc and used to perform different forms of medical procedures all over the world. These herbs, generally accepted by a majority of the African population due to its  cultural acceptability, better compatibility with the human body, and minimal side effects, are hence considered the backbone of African culture and way of life.

The attention of this research project will be turned toward how three diseases: (Typhoid, Malaria, and COVID-19) are cured using African herbal remedies. Typhoid and Malaria are considered two of the deadliest diseases in Africa with Malaria killing up to 3000 African children a day. With that, procedures and concoctions used to cure these deadly diseases from different countries, specifically Ghana and Nigeria, will be strategically illustrated and compared.

The world of Herbal remedies has and continues to undergo a magnitude of technological change. This evolution of African herbal remedies will be centered in this review as well as the topic of the probable declination of these herbs.

Rachel

Rachel

Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Subjects

Languages, Biology, History, Literature

Expertise

refugee health diplomacy and policy, Middle East and North Africa

Nicolette

Nicolette

Student

Nicolette is a high school student and member of the National Honor Society. She is and has always been very compassionate about topics relating to nature. As an African Immigrant, she considers it a priority to showcase the undiscovered aspects of her homeland's culture. This research was conducted to illustrate the more unique way diseases can be cured using the African gift of nature she was born with.

School

Williston high school

Graduation Year

2024

Project review

“I was able to do my blog as I always wanted to. I was also able to improve my knowledge on my selected topic.”

About my mentor

“She helped me narrow down the resources I needed for the project. She also provided moral support during tough times.”