A study by Nigerian researchers has found that a herbal preparations made predominantly from bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina) provide cure for chronic forms of Hepatitis B and C.
Nigeria has one of the highest hepatitis rate with about 23 million infected and an average of 11 people dying from it every day.
Published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Science, the study claimed that a bitter leaf-based supplements can cure hepatitis.
The lead researcher, Ben Amodu, a lecturer at the Department of Histopathology and Cytology, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), said herbal medicine could succeed where orthodox one has failed in the treatment of both communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Amodu said, “This study has shown that there is a cure for the chronic form of hepatitis – HBV and HCV. The total clearance of HBV and HCV upon administration of SAAAB and HAABS for three weeks and one week respectively is a testimony to this fact.”
“Since prevention still remains the key to control, efforts must be made to strengthen strategies aimed at increasing awareness and encouraging people to take seriously the issue of vaccination.”