What can Herbal or Traditional medicine treat? (10)

10 July, 2019

This is to offer a quick answer to this question, from a forthcoming publication on traditional and complementary mediicne (T&CM) I am preparing for WHO's South-East Asia Region (WHO SEAR):

The five leading health conditions/diseases managed with T&CM by Member States in WHO SEAR


1. Skin diseases

2. Cold

3. Rheumatic arthritis

4. Stomach

5. Asthma


1. Neurological

2. Stomach

3. Metabolic (gout)

4. Sinusitis

5. Cardiovascular/Hp

DPR Korea

1. Chronic gastritis

2. Bone

3. Respiratory

4. Cardiovascular/Hp

5. Diabetes


1. Bone and joint

2. Diabetes

3. Mental/ psychological

4. Psoriasis

5. Liver diseases


1. Cardiovascular

2. Metabolic

3. Bone

4. Stomach

5. Stroke


1. Arthritis

2. Stroke

3. Skin diseases

4. Cerebral palsy

5. Menstrual disorders


1. Chronic gastritis

2. Respiratory

3. Arthritis

4. Neurological

5. Gynaecological


1. Neurological

2. Bone

3. Cough

4. Stomach

5. Cardiovascular

Ranking of Disease managed by T&CM

Bone and joint: spinal, arthritis, back pain (87.5%)

Stomach and intestinal diseases (75%)

Cardiovascular: hypertension, stroke (62.5%)

Respiratory: cold, asthma, sinusitis (62.5%)

Neurological: pain, paralysis, cerebral palsy (50%)

Metabolic: gout, diabetes (50%)

Skin diseases (37.5%)

Gynaecological: menstrual, infertility (25%)

Mental/psychological (12.5%)

Liver diseases (12.5%)

Chris Zielinski


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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT chriszielinski.com

His publications are at www.ResearchGate.net and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/ and his blogs are http://ziggytheblue.wordrpress.com and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ziggytheblue