Malaria and treatment: Herbal antimalarials as alternative to conventional medicine

Engwa, G.A. (2015) Malaria and treatment: Herbal antimalarials as alternative to conventional medicine. Research Journal of Phytomedicine.

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For decades, malaria treatment has been championed by conventional medicine through chemotherapy. This was evident until the late 20th century when problems of treatment failure were observed as a result of the emergence of plasmodium parasite resistance. In addition, the safety of some of these drugs could not be guaranteed as were found to be toxic and produce adverse effect. In search for solution to the challenges of chemotherapy enveloped the emergence of herbal medicine as possible alternatives. Today herbal medicine is appreciated worldwide for the treatment of so many diseases including malaria. This paper review the current status of malaria and its management with reference to treatment by chemotherapy. It also enumerates the pitfalls of conventional medicine which laid the foundation of herbal medicine on treatment of malaria. Key herbal antimalarial plants and studies on their efficacy and safety are cited. In addition to their safety, some herbal plants were shown in some studies to be effective against resistant parasite strains. Herbal antimalarials are effective against malaria and are now becoming an alternative to the conventional drugs. However, there is need for improvement to ensure its efficacy and safety.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences
Depositing User: miss ifeoma agbo
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2019 14:44
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 14:44

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