‘Natural medicines more suitable for treating chronic diseases’

President of the Open International College of Naturopathic Medicine, Abdul-Aziz Ahmad says natural medicine is more effective in treating chronic diseases.

He noted that natural medicine approaches, such as herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle changes, can have a powerful effect on chronic diseases.

The World Health Organisation said chronic diseases, also known as noncommunicable diseases tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental, and behavioural factors.

According to WHO, the main types of NCD are cardiovascular diseases (such as heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma), and diabetes.

The global health body noted that NCDs disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries, where more than three-quarters of global NCD deaths (31.4 million) occur.

Speaking exclusively with PUNCH Healthwise shortly after the 7th Convocation ceremony of the college held in Lagos on Saturday, the naturopathic doctor said physiological alterations are the root cause of chronic illnesses and that natural remedies expedite the body’s healing process.

He explained that natural medicine can also be used to stimulate the immune system and promote healing.

According to him, when you talk of diabetes, cancer, pains, paralysis, cardiovascular diseases, and others; and when you treat the body the normal way with the power of nature, the body tends to heal faster.

He added, “While we are advocating for naturopathic medicine, we are also not fighting the orthodox medicine, which is the conventional medicine. But what we are fighting for is a collaboration.

“Each of them has its limiting factors; the pros and the cons. But when you can merge both of them, that is what we call integrated medicine; it will be better for all.

“As much as naturopathic medicine can help treat and heal chronic diseases faster, it is not so when it comes to emergencies like when someone needs blood or is dehydrated and needs to be given fluid. That is why we said each of them have their limiting factors.

“When we bring both natural and conventional medicine together, it is good. This will help tackle a lot of diseases.”

Earlier, the Provost of the college, Dr Qazeem Olawale said the institution is focused and determined to end quackery in the field of natural medicine.

He revealed that a total of seven students were awarded diploma degrees in Natural Reproductive and Infertility Medicine and Clinical Acupuncture.


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