Just got a broadcast about bitter kola being a possible cure for Ebola, so I decided to google to find out how true the broadcast is, and stumbled on certain links.
Many people are unaware of the health benefits of bitter kola despite its use. Victor Okeke reports
The World Health Organization [WHO], stated that the need to study medicinal plants cannot be overemphasized. This is as a result of the many health benefits attributed to plants, the widespread use of plants in traditional medicine, the need to rescue traditional medicinal plants and knowledge about them from eminent loss and extinction.Known as Aki Ilu in Igbo, NamijinGoro in Hausa and Orogbo in Yoruba, Bitter Kola [Garcinia Kola] seeds are chewed to treat bronchitis, throat infections and an infusion of the root with little salt is a remedy for Asthma according to Dr. Gordian Obute of the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, University of Port Harcourt. The fruit, seed, nut and bark of Bitter Kola have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat many forms of ailment, he added. more found on the link
very comprehensive list of the benefits of bitter kola, you may have to visit but be careful not to copy, the author has warned 🙂
On thursday august 5th 1999, news.bbc.co.uk published on its website that a plant had been found to halt the deadly Ebola virus in its tracks in laboratory tests.
According to the news report, Scientists had used a compound from Garcinia kola, a plant commonly eaten in West Africa. Compounds from the plant have also proved effective against some strains of flu. According to the BBC, If the anti-Ebola compound proves successful in animal and human trials, it will be the first medicine to successfully treat the virus that causes Ebola haemorrhagic fever – an often-fatal condition. This discovery was also announced at the 16th International Botanical Congress in St Louis in the US. http://www.medicalworldnigeria.com
– See more at: http://www.medicalworldnigeria.com/2014/07/what-happened-to-dr-maurice-iwu-s-1999-ebola-cure#.U9pBOvn0AXI
The myth that Garcinia Kola locally called ‘bitter kola’ is a cure for Ebola has been dispelled by the Health Communication Officer in the Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health.
Harold Thomas told Reporters that it has not been scientifically proved and that to date no vaccine or cure has been found for the virus.
Local newspapers reported last week that Bitter Kola had stopped the Ebola virus in test tubes in initial laboratory experiments that was done in the United States of America in the late 1990s.
The Health Communication Officer, made this clarification in a press conference organized by the Ministry at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists conference hall in Freetown.
Thomas said there is no home remedy so far, but that there is treatment for the virus. He said the chance of survival of a suspected case is much higher at a treatment center than at home.
However, he said the effective way of preventing the virus is by washing hands with soap under running water, use of chlorine or bleach.
Thomas said one can also prevent the virus if they do not touch the body of a person who has died from the suspected Ebola; sharing sharp objects such as needles or razor blades with infected persons, avoiding direct contact with body fluids like blood, saliva, vomit, stool, semen, vaginal fluids and urine.
By Abibatu Kamara
Monday July 21,2014
According to the Liberia News Agency, Assistant Minister Nyenswah made the bitter kola-Ebola cure clarification at the regular Thursday Ministry of Information press briefing held at the Ministry in Monrovia. Meanwhile, Minister Nyenswah is calling on the public to report anyone or group of people administering vaccines supposedly for the prevention of Ebola or any form of drug or tablets, herbs or injections in the communities to the nearest police station. He said the Health Ministry is also calling on people not to listen to any information from unknown individuals or groups, except that provided by the Ministry of Health and partners. According to Mr. Nyensuah, anyone caught administering fake vaccine or tablets and even spreading wrong information on the Ebola disease would face prosecution.
Read more: Bitter Kola is a cure for Ebola, truth or myth. (http://codedly.com/news/bitter-kola-is-a-cure-for-ebola-truth-myth/)
The Last 2 links are in opposition to the first 3, if really bitter kola is a cure then how come no one is furthering studies and how come a vaccine has not been made? wont want to start spreading conspiracy theories, the links are out there for you to draw your conclusion, but if bitter kola cures other ailments then there is need for proper research into it for standardization, till then contact the relevant authorities in case you identify symptoms and don’t rely on self medication