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Course Description

Credit Units: 1
Lecturers: Mr. Ubak, N. G.  (BSc, Biochemistry; M.Sc. Pharmacognosy), Email:, College of Health Sciences, Dept of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Course description:

This course deals with the Alternative and Traditional Medicine methods and their application in the practice of Traditional and Alternative Medicine.  

Learning Outcomes/ Objectives

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. explain various methods and techniques in Alternative and Complementary Medicine
  2. apply the different methods in the course of their practice.
  3. discuss the basic principles of some Alternative and Complementary Medicines. 
  4. explore possibilities of specialising in any of Alternative and Complementary Medicines methods in future.

Course Content

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Massaging
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Faith healing (spiritual healing).

Methods of Instruction:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion groups
  • Reading of articles from relevant scientific journals

Methods of Course Assessment:

. Evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

Criteria Marks

Class attendance 10

Tests 10

Assignments 10

Semester’s Examination 70


Pre-requisite courses:


Recommended Reference Materials:


  1. A. Sofowora (2006). Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine in Africa. Spectrum Books Limited, Ibadan, Nigeria. ISBN: 978- 029- 341- 0.
  1. L. Trivieri, Jr. and J. W. Anderson (2002).  Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide (2nd ed.).  Celestial Arts, United States.  ISBN: 978-1-58761-141-4.
  1. West African Health Organisation, WAHO (2013). West African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. West African Health Organisation ( WAHO), Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. ISBN: 978-9988-1-8015-7.
  1. J. A. Duke, M. J. Bogenschhutz-Godwin, J duCellier and P. K. Duke (2002).  Handbook of Medicinal Herbs (2nd ed.).  CRC Press, Washington, D.C.  ISBN: 0-8493-1284-1.
  1. World Health Organization (2002).  World Health Organization Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005.

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