Regulation of Traditional and Alternative Medicines: The Case of the Gambia

Raphael Nyarkotey Obu *

Gambia Law School, Banjul, The Gambia.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Aim: This paper examines the legal framework of traditional and alternative medicine in the Gambia and the risk and benefits associated with regulated and unregulated professions.

Methods:  The author reviews the healthcare laws in the Gambia that have a direct and indirect link with traditional and alternative medicines. Also, literature searches were conducted to examine the benefits and risks associated with regulated and unregulated professions using Google engine tools. 

Results: about herbal and homeopathic medicinal products; there exists a law that regulates them. However, no law regulates the practice and practitioners of traditional and alternative medicine in the Gambia. Also, several risks and benefits are associated with the regulated and unregulated profession.

Conclusion: Due to the many risks and benefits associated with the regulated and unregulated profession, there is a need for legislation to help regulate the practice of traditional and alternative medicine.

Keywords: Regulated, unregulated, risk, benefits, legislation, traditional and alternative medicine, Gambia

How to Cite

Obu , Raphael Nyarkotey. 2023. “Regulation of Traditional and Alternative Medicines: The Case of the Gambia”. Asian Journal of Research in Nursing and Health 6 (1):173-83.


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