What can Herbal or Traditional medicine treat? (8)

10 July, 2019

Hi Members,

I would like to agree with Kenneth that Adebayo and Dhewa have made extravagant claims. However, Adebayo’s claim cannot be completely dismissed, depending on the region and the level of community dependence on herbal medicine, practice of herbal medicine can be a well-developed industry with a potential to treats a wide variety of illnesses. China is well known for this and has influenced the use of these medicines in many other locations. A lot of gray literature demonstrates efficacy of these herbs in treating many different categories of illnesses. Whereas we are inclined to believing in mainly published literature, this kind of literature is scarce but communities have been and will continue practicing herbal medicine for ages to come. This clearly points to the fact that the practice bares results. Interesting enough, even in modern societies like in the UK where practice of modern medicine is advanced and well developed, about a quarter of the population uses herbal medicine (The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/08/do-herbal-medicines... ).

In light of the above, there is no question about the potential for herbal medicine to address many different health conditions, the concern should be how to regulate their use because you will agree with me there are a lot of safety issues surrounding the practice. Although WHO developed guidelines for research, regulation and control of herbal medicines, these guidelines are not widely enforced. Wishing all the very best!



Morukileng Job

HIFA profile: Morukileng Job is a Master of Public Health Student at Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda. Professional interests: Maternal and Child Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, community health and research. Email address: morujob.mj AT gmail.com