Allopathic medicines by far may enjoy universal acceptance, however herbal medicines too hold a good share of popularity and dependability.
In Ghana, people have different but positive opinions about herbal medicines. Many of them use herbal medicines because they find them effective, while others feel that herbal medicines are easy to access and more economical. Integration of herbal medicines into healthcare is feasible and knowledge of herbal medicine in most homes of Ghana is widespread. Herbal medicines are used for the treatment and management of acute as well as chronic ailments. Herbalists, spiritual healers and practitioners are held in high regard in Ghana. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 70% of the population in Ghana depends on traditional medicines for their healthcare owing to cultural and ideological beliefs. Trade in Ghanaian herbal medicines holds significance for the economy of Ghana.
Recently researchers in Ghana have been testing local herbal products to find a breakthrough for the treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic. Herbal medicines have been recommended to boost immunity, one of the best methods to keep the pandemic at bay.
Thus, be it the drumstick tree, white’s ginger or Guava the prudence of plant species has been given its due importance to a considerable extent in Ghana.