CSRPM was established by the Government of Ghana in 1975 as a result of the dream and vision of
Dr. Oku Ampofo, a renowned allopathic Medical Practitioner, who having had personal experience of the
therapeutic values of herbal medicines on himself and his father became an apostle of herbalism at a tender age.
The Centre originally started as a small OPD run by Dr. Oku Ampofo in the present Community Center (OBIKYERE)
of Mampong-Akwapim before it moved to its present site. In the early sixties, the President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
sent Dr. Oku Ampofo and others to China to benefit from the Chinese experience in herbal medicine. It was there
that the seminal ideas of the Centre were sown.
In 1971, Dr. Oku Ampofo and a team including representatives from the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ghana Psychic and
Traditional Healers Association sent a proposal to the Government of Ghana recommending the establishment of a national Centre to facilitate
and co-ordinate all research work on Ghanaian medicinal plants.
As a result, the Centre was established in 1975 by NRCD 344, as an Agency of the Ministry of Health, and was designated by WHO in December
1981 as a collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine, the first in Sub Saharan Africa.