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Membership of Research Institute of Traditional & Alternative Medicine is an NGO to promote evidence-based medicine. It is open to practitioners of Traditional and Alternative Medicine. There are three categories of membership. The first is for practitioners who are custodians of traditional medicinal products who want to develop these products and have the protection for the intellectual property rights. The second category are practitioners who want to avail themselves of the opportunity to use developed products in their practice. The third category are academics, scientists and medical doctors who wish to incorporate traditional medicine into their practice.


Prospective members could register on line by completing the membership form. Registration could also be done by collecting the membership form at the office of RITAM located at 14, Unity Road, Ikeja during week days between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Members whose applications are successful would be advised by e-mail and would be required to pay the membership fees into a designated bank account. Please see the menu item "Membership" for more details.



Traditional medicine clinics coming

Posted by: Otunba Olajuwon Okubena

The Managing Director, Health Forever Products Limited, Otunba Olajuwon Okubena, answers the first question; a superintendent Pharmacist, Mrs Temitayo Alegbejo of Benjamin Michaels Pharmaceuticals Limited, handles the second.

Now that there is serious awakening to the recognition of Traditional/Herbal Medicine in Nigeria judging by the activities the celebration of African Traditional Medicine Day on August 31, it is important to clarify some issues that could hinder the fast tracking of the wide spread acceptance, promotion and export of herbal products in Nigeria.

Practices of traditional medicine vary greatly from country to country, and from region to region, as they are influenced by factors such as culture, history, personal attitudes and philosophy. In many cases, their theory and application are quite different from those of conventional medicine. Long historical use of many practices of traditional medicine, including experience passed on from generation to generation, has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of traditional medicine.

However, scientific research is needed to provide additional evidence of its safety and efficacy. In conducting research and evaluating traditional medicine, knowledge and experience obtained through the long history of established practices should be respected. Despite its existence and continued use over many centuries, and its popularity and extensive use during the last decade, traditional medicine has not been officially recognised in most countries.


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RITAM is a private initiative; it is an organization of concerned, committed and competent Traditional and Alternative Medicine Practitioners in Nigeria driven by the sole aim of  prospecting and harnessing most especially our Traditional Medicine knowledge to complement Government efforts in this line.Most countries of the world including our African neighbor countries have in line with W.H.O guidelines, developed their indigenous Traditional Medical Systems to enviable heights. In some instances such countries have . exported their Traditional Medical  Knowledge {TMK} to other countries thereby earning the much-needed foreign exchange. Acupuncture which is an important branch of Chinese Traditional Medicine {CTM} is now studied and practiced allover the world including the developed countries such as America, France, Germany etc. Acupuncture has gained global recognition and accolade as a veritable medical system thanks to the exceptional supportive role of the Chinese Government. 

Read more: What is RITAM?


  • To prospect, harness, evaluate and certify diagnostic, curative and preventive values of safe Nigerian Traditional Medicine Products thereby developing a resource compendium of medicines for the Primary Health Care Centre {PHC} in all the 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria as well as for the use of all Traditional and Alternative Medicine Practitioners in Nigeria and overseas.
  • To find lasting solutions to W.H.O priority list of diseases i.e. Malaria, Hypertension, Diabetes, Sickle Cell Anemia and HIV / AIDS through Nigerian Traditional Medicine.  Read more: Our Goals


 The Nigerian Government has over the years embarked upon variousefforts to foster the growth and integration of Traditional Medicine into the Nigerian health care system but a number of challenges have so far militated against the success of this endeavor, including but not limited to:

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