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Agbo Jedi Jedi can cause severe kidney, liver failure

Despite the natural origin of its ingredients, the safety of Agbo Jedi Jedi is not guaranteed.

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Derived from natural ingredients like scented leaves, grapefruit, juice extracts, bitter leaf, sorghum leaves, naphthalene tablets, and garlic. Agbo Jedi Jedi is part of a long-standing tradition of herbal medicine and is usually sold in its crude and unprocessed form. The World Health Organisation and the Nigerian government have recognised the value of herbal mixtures in treating Jedi Jedi and similar ailments.

Agbo Jedi Jedi is often referred to as 'the running' in Ghana, and has different connotations in other African countries.

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At its core, Jedi Jedi symptoms include hemorrhoids—swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum—diarrhea, and anal fissures, which are tears in the anus caused by passing hard stools.

Despite the natural origin of its ingredients, the safety of Agbo Jedi Jedi is not guaranteed. Often sold on the streets or in markets in its raw, unrefined form, these herbal concoctions raise significant health concerns.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) recommends that such herbal drugs be marketed in refined, processed forms, with clear labeling of their contents. This measure aims to educate the public about the substances they consume.

However, many street-sold Agbo Jedi Jedi mixtures lack NAFDAC certification and are distributed in their crude form. Recent studies have linked the use of unregulated Agbo Jedi Jedi and traditional medicines to severe health issues, including acute renal (kidney) failure and liver failure.

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The risk of contamination is high; some Agbo Jedi Jedi preparations have been found to contain heavy metals, orthodox pharmaceutical drugs, and harmful microbes. Moreover, the absence of standardised doses complicates the safe use of these mixtures, making it difficult to avoid overdoses.

Particularly concerning is the use of Agbo Jedi Jedi by pregnant women, for whom it has been deemed harmful. Despite endorsements by older family members and cultural acceptance, the potential health risks associated with Agbo Jedi Jedi cannot be overlooked.

While herbal remedies like Agbo Jedi Jedi play a significant role in traditional medicine across Africa, it's crucial to approach their use with caution. Ensuring the safety, purity, and appropriate dosage of these remedies is essential to prevent adverse health outcomes. As the conversation around traditional and herbal medicine continues to evolve, informed choices and regulatory oversight will be key to safeguarding public health.

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