Read This Before You Drink That Agbo
That herbal medicine, aka, Agbo is not as safe as you think.
Like every other drug, an abuse of it can give more health problems.
The Medical Director, General Hospital Minna, Niger State, Dr Isah Jibril, has warned the public on the danger inherent in the abuse of herbal medicine.
Jibril, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Saturday, said people who were in the habit of indiscriminately gulping herbal medicines, were exposing their health to grave danger.
“The major complication in the consumption of herbal medication is that some of the herbal medicines do not have dosage like the orthodox medicine.
“Taking overdose medicine is harmful and some people go ahead doing it. This is dangerous and suicidal because vital organs like the liver and kidney are harmfully affected,’’ Jibril said.
He explained that many had caused injuries on their livers and kidneys due to exposure to herbal medicine, saying this should be avoided.
"If herbal medicine must be taken, let it have a label and be certified by appropriate regulating body to ensure the dosage one is supposed to take at a given time.
“Otherwise it can harm the vital organs of the body,” Jibril warned.
He explained that the liver and the kidney were the two target organs and were responsible for metabolic waste in the body.
“The active ingredients are likely to be toxic to either the liver or the kidney because they will want to eliminate the metabolic waste associated with the injection of the herbal medication,” Jibril said.