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At Ngozi Naturals, our mission is to amplify the benefits of medicinal plants and create value of these plants through making natural handmade products.

Herbal medicine is the center of complementary and alternative medicine. In recent times, it is increasingly gaining widespread popularity worldwide and is gradually being integrated into mainstream healthcare systems (Adams, 2017). The use of Herbal Medicine cuts across gender, social, and racial classes in both developing and developed countries of the world. Due to the increasing popularity of Herbal Medicine, stakes in the world markets, both local and international, are also rapidly increasing. The annual sale is approaching US $62 billion. An important driver in this increased use includes low cost, the broad acceptance due to its natural status with claims of low toxicity, efficacy in certain challenging diseases, flexibility in its accessibility, preparation, and use.

Herbal medicine has been estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used by 80% of the world population. In Uganda, accessibility to health facilities has increased, especially in rural areas. However, the Ugandan Ministry of Health estimated that out of 90% of pregnant women who reach health facilities, only 38% delivered from there.(Chukwuemeka, Agaba and Grace, 2019) 30% of these women use traditional birth attendants (TBAs) who are experts in herbal medications within their communities. Such a drive for the use of plants as medicines has made regular ethnopharmacological study a necessity. 

Herbal Medicine includes preparations of biologically active natural products that consist mainly of herbs or herbal materials. Some recipes may contain substances such as; fungal and bee products, and minerals, ash, shells, insects, and animal parts. They are used for the maintenance of health and management of various diseases. Herbal Medicines can elicit numerous benefits, just as some can cause adverse effects. The pharmacology and most of the toxic effects that Herbal Medicines elicit are linked to the activities of secondary metabolites. In many instances, Herbal Medicines have been appropriately used, misused, and sometimes misunderstood. The benefits of Herbal Medicines as a means of healthcare depend primarily on the correct and adequate experiences, knowledge, and wisdom. At the same time, misuse and misunderstanding have been tracked to the knowledge gap, especially as it relates to the potential drawbacks and benefits of primary healthcare professionals. The attraction to herbal medicine will continue to increase across the universe for various reasons, hence the need for appropriate and enough information on traditional medicine, especially that which highlights on essential topics like benefits, efficacy, safety, toxicity, research and development, formulation, regulation, analytical techniques, quality control, economic importance, and so on. At Ngozi Naturals, our mission is to amplify the benefits of medicinal plants and create value of these plants through making natural handmade products. We do this by production of Handmade natural soaps that harness the

natural benefits of these herbal plants, and do awareness and advocacy on the protection of these plants.

Reference

Adams, R. (2017). Writing a case report an introductory guide for practitioners of herbal medicine. Journal of Herbal Medicine, 7, pp.47-50.

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