Following recent pronouncement from the federal government to give total support to thetraditional medicine practitioners in Nigeria of the protection of their intellectual property rights, also working in line with the theme for the 2019 African Traditional Medicine Day,“Integrating Traditional Medicine in Health Sciences Curricular in the African Region”,Dr. Qazeem Olawale , Founder and President ofOlaking International Holistic Medicine Company, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria, has opined that promotion of traditional medicine should top the prioritylist of Nigeria’s government in order to save more lives.
In a chat with selected Media executives who are desirous ofmaking an impact in the Traditional Health sector, Dr. Olaking who isa Member of The British Council of Complimentary Therapies (TBCCT), speaks on wide range of ailment which his center has cured using Traditional medicine, such as autism, Asthma,Cancer, Tuberculosis, Malaria, etc.
Asking for my take is similar to you asking me how elated and delighted I am about this development. A support from World Health Organisation to integrate traditional medicine into national healthcare is hugely awesome and no doubt, it is an encouragement for practitioners of traditional medicine. Certainly, the days of more honour and recognition for our practice are here. As it is said, the future is here. With this kind of support from the global apex health body, it further goes to show that the world knows and confirms that indeed nature cures. Of course, this is not the first time, we would be telling the masses that nature has cure for all that affects our bodies, but this kind of recognition speaks volume to the wide acceptability of our call. In no time, we would begin to see even medical doctors rallying around traditional medicine for integrative treatment for ailments just as we have seen in other climes where the practice of natural medicine has been more established and controlled. Even as natural therapies continues to bask in the glory of its richness and wellness as an efficient cure system, this kind of support at this time in our country is needed so as to harness all the potentials we look forward to seeing in practice and learning of this healthcare system; which we believe will fight against incompetence and lack of best practice that ravages the traditional medicine.
What do you think this synergy will foster?
If by this you mean the synergy the integration of traditional medicine into healthcare system will birth, then one thing I would say is, let us look at the Chinese and the Indians. What did the synergy foster for them? A sustainable healthcare system, assured healthy living and a population living more Hale and Heartily. This is because with traditional medicine and implementation of best practice which is a function of structured learning, just as we have for the orthodox medicine, will not just treat the surface of ailments or treat the effects of diseases, rather traditional medicine will imbibe the very message of natural treatment therapies which is to treat the root cause of every diseases and create true cure for the body. As abundantly blessed as Nigeria has been blessed with almost all kinds of herbal and other traditional medicine therapies, we are yet to harness this into both health wellness and economic growth. The reason for this is that there are many quacks in the practice of traditional medicines. But with a synergy like this, it will bring forth more standard which will enable us to sift the shaft away from the substance and extensively. With a synergy like this, we would find standards in our traditional healthcare management system just as I saw in my recent travel to Malaysia for an International Course on Neuroacupuncture and Non Invasive Pain and Paralysis Management.