acta satech Journal of the Life & Physical Sciences Babcock

The Efficacy and Public Health Concern for Phytochemical Products in Nigeria
N. O. Atulomah
Department of Health Sciences, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria
Received October 13th, 2003, received version received January 26th, 2004, accepted February 4th, 2004

ABSTRACT
Originally, drugs for medical therapeutics were almost exclusively obtained from natural sources such as plants until recently when most drugs are synthesized in pharmaceutical laboratories worldwide. The popularity of herbal products is gradually occupying central position in therapeutics worldwide today. This situation requires a systematic approach in order to balance the rich potentials natural products can offer if subjected to well designed empirical validation and the wealth of knowledge already gained from series of experimentation in pharmaceutical products. This review is aimed at awakening consciousness in persons involved in drug production and health care showing the potential dangers inherent in the use of herbal preparations, and stimulate interest in empirical approach to phytochemicals. Brief historical review of landmarks in drug discovery and successes recorded from systematic procedures had been highlighted, and failures when prudence was neglected. The combination of both phytochemicals and pharmaceuticals, if the former is well validated will enrich drug therapeutics. Currently, there is need for appropriate health education regarding rational use of medicines in our community.
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