Palm kernel oil has been used to treat seizures in children in many rural communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), according to some residents of the communities.
Residents told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in separate interviews in Abuja on
Tuesday that palm kernel oil had been effective in calming the nerves of convulsing children
and for fever.
Palm kernel is the edible seed of the palm oil fruit. The fruit gives two distinct oils namely: palm oil
derived from the outer parts of the fruit and palm kernel oil derived from the kernel.
Black colored palm kernel oil is mainly obtained from palm kernel seeds, popular in
Parts of southeastern and Niger Delta in Nigeria.
Mrs Hauwa Patrick, a resident of the Apo community, recounted how her son’s life was saved by the
palm kernel oil.
She said “my son started having seizures at midnight, I called my neighbor for help who brought me
palm kernel oil and I administered it to my son.
“She held my son’s mouth open and put two tablespoons of oil in his mouth, then rubbed
all over his body and after a while he pooped and the seizure stopped.
Another resident, Ms. Sarah Olasanmi, who lives in Galadimawa, told NAN that palm kernel oil
could cure fever, cough, seizures, rheumatism in adults and scorpion bite.
A pharmacist, Mr. Matthew Omale from the Gwarinpa region of the CTF, said research has been conducted on the effectiveness
palm kernel oil to treat fever and seizures.
Omale said “some teachers; Professor CS Alaribe and other professors conducted research in Abia State, where
the palm kernel was opened and the nuts were poured into steel containers and heated until oil was produced
after charring the nuts.
“They used a group of 10 rats divided into two groups to conduct the experiment; Yeast was induced
to one series to bring them down with fever and another series was induced with strychnine sulfate,
bitter crystals or white crystalline powder, to sear them.
“After giving the rats palm kernel oil, the results showed that those with fever presented
good level of antipyretic activities by direct reduction of fever.
These rats induced by chemicals to induce seizures also became normal.
“The professors concluded that palm kernel oil has the antipyretic ability to reduce fever.
and stop the seizure.
The pharmacist therefore said that “palm kernel oil is natural and can be recommended to stop
convulsions in children and for fever. (NAN)