Ghanaians’ Faith in Herbal Remedies Exploited by Unregulated Commercial Production of Herbal Medicines

It is estimated that about 70 percent of the people in Ghana rely on herbal treatments in addressing health problems. In fact, the production of herbal medicines has become a profitable business, with the country seeing plantations growing herbal plants. An explosion of factories producing nearly all types of treatment sold by dozens of herbal drug stores in nearly every city in Ghana.

Ghana’s Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and the Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine acknowledge the fact that the use of natural remedies in Ghana, is borne by a healthcare practice handed down by a long line of generations. However, this very faith in natural treatments is now being exploited by modern day commercialism. The unregulated industry has been spreading its reach across borders. Commercially produced herbal medicines are finding their way not only in other West African countries but also in Europe and the United States.

Not a single person or organization in Ghana can provide an estimate of how much the entire industry is actually worth, with regulators swamped with the more pressing need to arrest the proliferation of fake herbal medicines. Their job is to weed out concoctions that do harm than good whilst purporting outrageous claims particularly among medications sold as form of miracle drugs.

Popularity of Aphrodisiacs also Boost Sale of Treatments for STD in Ghana

In Ghana, it is not just one man and one woman as couples. It is common for one man to have a combination of more; one wife, one mistress, a student girlfriend, and a stream of transient lovers. Although Ghana has been swamped with nearly all kinds of religious sect, sex education campaigns mostly deal with the ABCs of sex in order to protect women from HIV.

ABC in Ghana sex education pertains to Abstinence, Being Faithful and Condom Use, as not only Ghanaian men but also women have progressive views about multiple sexual relationships. The dangers of which is that married women with multiple sex partners are more prone to become carriers of the dreaded HIV.

The proliferation of so-called aphrodisiacs are of no help either, especially if they have been proven effective as treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). What follows is a boost in the sale of commercially produced herbal medicines for the treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD).

One manufacturer of commercially produced herbal STD claims that he has four brands which he boasts of as leaders in the market. One brand that is exceptional is his “Venecare” because it not only takes care of any symptoms and discomfort caused by STD, but also well liked for improving sex lives; and so the boost in commercial sales continue.

Aphrodisiacs continues to be of interest to a lot of people across the globe, to which scientists and self-professed aphrodisiacs experts have provided more info, explaining that drugs for treatment of ED does not necessarily function as aphrodisiacs or libido stimulants.