Traditional and non-traditional medicine
Traditional medicines play an important role in human society, from past centuries. Traditional medical practice illustrates the medical knowledge practices, which improved more than centuries ago within the framework of different societies who lived before our era of modern Allopathic or homeopathic medicines. Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Unani, herbal, African Yoruba IFA, Muti as well as many other ancient medical practices from all over the world included in these medicines.
Historically, in the late twentieth century a number of methods came to dominate the practice of traditional medicine. Among all is herbal medicine, followed by the system of ancient Greek and Roman sources, the Ayurvedic system of medicine from India, traditional Chinese medicine Unani-Tibb medicine and Shamanic. Herbalism was the dominant therapy in the late twentieth century.
The most important contribution of modern medicines
Fundamental concepts of modern allopathic medicine have developed from traditional (Unani and Ayurvedic medicines).
Approximately fifty-five percent of present Allopathic or homeopathic medicines, which are used worldwide comes from plants or herbs from sources.
About 40% of plants provide active ingredients for modern drugs preparatively, and because of their use in traditional medicine, they have attracted the interest of researchers.
More than 120 active ingredients presently isolated from the medicinal herbs.
More than 8,000 active ingredients in these pharmaceutical products are obtained from vegetable raw materials.
Who Uses Traditional Medicine?
In the non-industrial society, the use of herbs to cure diseases are almost universal. Peoples in Latin America, Asia and Africa still use herbal products to regularly to maintain health. As an example, about 75-80% of the population in Africa use traditional medicine. Currently, in the United States, up to 158 million peoples use of additional medicines in primary medicine among the Essentials.
Which Discipline Studies Traditional Medicines?
Ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, and medical anthropology — the main disciplines, which study these medicines.
Present Status of traditional medicines
In recent years, increased use of drugs and the search for new drugs and dietary supplements derived from plants traditionally used. As a result, many researchers study and explore these drugs today to find the perfect medicinal effects.
In addition, according to the who (world health organization), more than one hundred countries have regulatory systems for drugs of plant origin. However, the who also warns that the scientific data obtained in experiments conducted to analyze the safety and efficacy of traditional medicines or plant origin and practice. As a result, it is recommended consult with doctors before taking these drugs.