COOU Students Visit, Hail CPHA As Best Centre For Herbal Studies

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By Ok Ok The Biological Science Students of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, has lauded the Centre for Psychic and Herbal Administration (CPHA), owned by Dr. Flora Ilonzo (Anyafulugo) as a gift to society. The students made the remark when they made a field trip to the psychic centre located in Awka, the state capital. For setting up the natural herbal centre, they described Ilonzo as a herbal guru who has contributed immensely to the socioeconomic, research and overall life of the society. The students, on their visit, were shown the medicinal herbs used by the centre, their medicinal values and modes of application to cure ailments prevalent in the society including corona virus, cancer, kidney, bleeding, mental disorder, among others. Recounting his experience, a student named Robinson Nnamekwe said: " the centre is underappreciated gift to the society. I came to the centre and felt natural. Hearing the teachings, I came close to nature. I got information on things that are so common but still very useful in the society. "I discovered that nature has the solution to everything we wanted but we are a little bit far from the truth. We are now getting closer to the truth now. I desired to be a botanist and my coming here is like coming to my home. The knowledge I have gotten here will help me actualize my dream. Contributing, Ugochukwu Mmesoma said she learnt benefits of different leafs and how they can be used to heal ailments and disorders relating to health. She said the knowledge would be helpful as her course, Botany, specifies on plants and their benefits daily activities. She said she will take the knowledge not only to the school but to her families and friends. Sub Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof Chukwuemeka Nwosu, who led the 300 level students to the centre said it was a field trip for practical study of what the students were taught in the classroom. Nwosu who described the centre as a herbal reservoir, said the place of the herbal medicine cannot be ruled out having served the past generation hence the need to draw the student's attention to nature. Also, the Head of the Biological Science Department, Prof Nkiruka M. Orji said the field trip is part of their students' course programme and the school's effort at bridging the gap between theory and practice. While she recalled the challenges associated with unorthodox medicines in the area of dosage as compared to mainstream medicines, She assured that the exercise will enable students have holistic knowledge of both the Orthodox and unorthodox medicines in the field before they leave school. Speaking to Orient Daily shortly, Dr. Ilonzo said her Centre for Psychic and Herbal Administration is not only a research center but also a specialist hospital. "I have a strong desire to transfer my knowledge of herbal medicine to the younger generation. The sickness that defy Orthodox medicine are being treated here. "I derive joy in the herbal medicine because in every herb, God has fixed the part of the human body it takes care of. Even those ones that are poisonous, we have some parts of it that are good." Ilonzo, a graduate of Fine and Applied Art at IMT Enugu, faulted the belief of some people who often see herbal medical practitioners as native doctors stressing that there is a big difference between the traditional medicine and herbal medicine. Ilonzo, now 75, said the centre is in need of grants for facilities that will elevate the center into a research institute where other counties of the world would visit for research. She said, that alone will not only attract researchers but aid in the transfer of pure knowledge of herbal medicine to the younger generation. She pleaded to governments and lovers of nature to assist the centre in herbal farming, adding that government can find a way to organize people with herbal lineage who goes about treating people with herbs to teach the younger ones what they need to know about herbs.

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