Advocates of traditional medicine strongly believe that this type of medicinal treatment is preferable over modern medicine simply because it is derived from natural sources. This implies that traditional medicine has not been interfered by adding chemicals and other elements, which is the main characteristic of modern medicine. Consequently, herbs and medicinal plants were used to treat different forms of diseases and ailments in humans. Garilli, B. et al. (2015) demonstrates
It was found that herbal medicines are can be useful in medicine by three ways. It can be used directly or the extracted forms for their natural chemical constituents. Another one, they can serve as agents in the process of producing drugs. And last one, the organic content of the natural plant can serve as the model of medicine. That’s why herbs is one of the most efficient alternatives that can be used.
An example of these types of “spiritual intervention method” is the world practice of the indigenous healing systems. “Although the practice of healing may appear different across cultures, healing traditions have elements in common and all have theories of etiology, diagnostic criteria, and therapeutic measures formalizing the interactions between patients and healer,” (Wiley &Allen, pg.31). In these small-scale societies, these healing traditions are cultural products that produce models of health that can be explained. The openness to these forms of medicine suggests that beliefs are related to the behavior of health and are aspects of culture that “make sense” to the given group. In comparison to the Western civilizations such as the United States, the biomedical approach
(Motlhanka and Makhabu, 2011). The countryside people of the world at large, rely on herbal plants (plants carrying aromatic properties beneficial in medicine, food flavoring and fragrance) as a primary source of their traditional medicines. Some of the herbal plants are used in providing nutritional essentials such as vitamins and minerals as needed by the human body for development and daily functionality. Herbal teas are used for this purpose. Herbal plants have also proven to have highly interesting properties such as their antioxidant, antimalarial
Our Mother Nature stands as an inexhaustible source of therapeutic agents for thousands of years and a remarkable number of modern medicines find their origin in natural products. Although modern medicine system has steadily developed over the years by scientific and observational efforts of scientists, the basis of its development remains rooted in traditional medicine and therapies prevailing throughout the world for thousands of years, which continue to provide mankind with new remedies. Natural products, including plants, animals and minerals have been the basis of treatment of human diseases. The plants based herbal drugs are currently in great demand all over the globe as they imply safety in contrast to the synthetic modern medicines
What preceded these practices? Actually, various ways of treating diseases came before modern medicine and in many countries , these old healing traditions are still used beside modern medicine. 1- Prehistoric Medicine refers to medicine before human could read and write. It covers a vast period which involved different regions and cultures. People in prehistoric times would have believed that disorders are caused and treated by both
INTRODUCTION The plants which have the capacity to alleviate the human ailments are referred as medicinal plants. They are used in treating many physiological and psychological disorders since ancient times. Such medicinal plants are being used in the traditional system of medicine and also as an ingredient in many pharmaceutical industries. 1 WHO has listed 21,000 plant species which are considered to have medicinal use all over the world. It is estimated that more than 60 % of world population uses the plant based medicine for the treatment of different ailments.2 Around 2,500 plant species available in India are being used by the traditional healers of different systems like ayurvedic, siddha, unani.
Even now in many countries, people still believe in natural traditional medicines for cure. There has been growing interest among researchers to elucidate the scientific background of these natural products on their therapeutic use (Zysk, 1996 and Kaptchuk, 2000). Recently, the focus has shifted towards the various natural sources that could have a potential role in the treatment of nervous system related diseases. Since stress has been a global problem, there are numerous studies that have been done to explore the possibilities for new natural sources which could counter act on
The majority of the Indian population has access to or practice various traditional medicines to maintain health or treat diseases. Traditional medicine is the sum total of all knowledge and practices, whether explicable or not used in diagnosis, prevention and elimination of physical, mental or social imbalance and relying exclusively on practical experience and observation transferred by individuals from generation to generation (Singh, et al., 2013). These include herbs that can be used either as mono-therapy or as add-on therapy. But the most important challenge faced by these formulations arises due to lack of standardization, identification and pharmacopoeial standards (Ali, 2009). It is thus prudent to undertake the standardization of herbal medicine used in various healthcare systems.
The use of herbs as medicine to treat illness is possibly the oldest form of medicine known to man. Plants have a wide range of documented healing properties, including the ability to balance hormones, decrease blood pressure, and stimulate the immune system and lower blood sugar levels. Many plant substances are powerful medicines. Homeopathic Medicine Homeopathy is one distinct and powerful type of natural therapy used by naturopathic physicians. Homeopathy has its own specially prepared natural remedies and rules of practice.A special dilution process makes homeopathic remedies very safe while greatly enhancing their effectiveness.