Herbal Medicine Vs Orthodox Medicine
The ancient tradition of herbal remedies is making a resurgence and finding its way back not only onto the market, but more especially into the hearts of many people who, despite the availability of orthodox medicine, are redirecting their healthcare towards the raw provision of nature.
Traditional herbal medicines are naturally occurring, plant-derived substances with minimal or no industrial processing that have been used to treat illness within local or regional healing practices. Traditional herbal medicines are receiving significant attention in global health debates.
Herbs come in various forms ranging from local gin and herbs such as agbo gbogbonise, paraga, opa eyin, sapele water, atato, opelebe, dagrin, kainkain, jedi and karaole, among others.
The growing of herbs for medicine is fueling and is to some extent fueled by increasing scientific interest in herbal medicine. The World Health Organisation estimates that of the 35,000-70,000 species of plants that are used for medicinal purposes around the world, some 5,000 have been submitted for biomedical scrutiny.
Scientific evidence of the efficacy of medicinal herbs is beginning to emerge from randomized, controlled trials in which herbs compare favorably with orthodox medicines.
Another reason for the growing popularity of herbal medicine is that many people believe they are safer and more natural than pharmaceuticals. However, studies have shown that not all natural products are safe; some poisons are also natural.