One hundred and five indigenous healers in South Nigeria were surveyed to discover what natural herbs were used to heal “febrile” illnesses including “…malaria (78.8%), typhoid (23.1%), yellow fever (21.2%), high fever (19.2 %), convulsion (15.4%), and pregnancy fever (2.9%). Other illnesses treated were yellow eyes (4.8%) headache (11.5%), waist pain (14.4%), and joint pains, (8.7%).”
Papaya leaf represented 20% of the suggested source of healing.
Contribution of indigenous health care givers to the herbal managament of febrile illnesses in Rivers state, South-south, Nigeria
O O Ebong, E O Ajaiyeoba, I M Ononiwu, M J Eteng, D O Akinboye, G O Gbostosho, C O Falade, O M Bolaji, O Oladepo, O S Osowole, T C Happi, O F Fawole, A T Ogundahunsi, I M Agbagwa, O Oduola, A M Oduola
West African Journal of Pharmacology and Drug Research Vol 21, 2005 pp 48-54