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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 5, No. 2, 2008, pp. 115-119
Bioline Code: tc08017
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2008, pp. 115-119

 en Effectiveness and Safety Assessment of Mist Tonica, a Herbal Haematinic
Adusi-Poku, Yaw; Sittie, Archibald; Mensah, Merlin L. K.; Sarpong, Kwame; Fleischer, Theophilus C.; Ankrah, Theophilus C. & Nsiah, Dominic

Abstract

Anaemia is a widespread public health problem, and in Ghana it is the fourth leading cause of hospital admissions and the second factor contributing to death. Mist Tonica, an herbal haematinic produced by the Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine (CSRPM), Ghana, was assessed for its effectiveness and safety in humans after Ethics Committee approval. Clinically established anaemic-patients aged, 13 years and above, with haemoglobin levels less than 11.5 g/dl and 13.5g/dl for females and males respectively were treated with Mist Tonica, 8.96 g/ 40 mls three times daily for two weeks . The mean haemoglobin rise per week caused by Mist Tonica was 1.92 (0.76) g/dl, range (1.66 - 2.55) g/dl/week and over 88 % of the patients on Mist Tonica had their appetite for food improved. Haematological profile, liver and kidney functions were not adversely affected by Mist Tonica. Results of the study suggest that Mist Tonica is an effective and safe herbal haematinic.

Keywords
Anaemia, haemoglobin, herbal, haematinic, safety, effectiveness

 
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