Pre-Colonial Medicine in Nigeria :

  • They used plants such as Fonio for their pregnant woman, high and rich on amino acids
  • A traditional witchdoctor were often bone setters, surgeons, and birth attendants
  • Had a "medical officer" which held a larger than life role within the government
  • Used palm oil to mix raw materials for the home made remedies
  • The Yoruba people were important because they were considered the farmers,growing cocoa, and yams as cash crops
  • Amadin Consulting Services. "Fonio is the most nutritious cereal/grain.web.2-9
  • Bob Norman."What is Palm Oil". Greenpalm.web.9-2-14
  • Matt Wright. "Yoruba information". Art and life in Africa.web.9-2-14
  • Houghton Mifflin Company. "Cowrie". The free dictionary.web.9-2-14

Post-Colonial Medicine in Nigeria:

  • Traditional medicine outlawed
  • Replaced with European Physicians
  • Medicine now had a price
  • Both missionary and public hospitals were established in the Igbo culture
  • The Igbo usually either used herbal medicine for spiritual healing
  • Colonialism did not change the Medical traditions of the Igbo culture, but the Christian Missionaries used the Western Medicine to help the Igbo.
  • Achebe, Chinua. "Chapter 9". Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor, 1994. 75-86. Print
  • Olaleye, Tayo. "Herbal Medicine in Nigeria". NigeriansTalk.N.P..16 Feb.2013.web.12March.2015.
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