Thank you for your recent message [http://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/there-role-trado-medicine-nigerian-healt...
You noted: "As an aside, the Global Health database (https://www.cabi.org/publishing-products/online-information-resources/gl...) has over 38000 records on ethnopharmacology, the earliest being 1913 in Archiv fur Schiffs- und Tropenhygiene"
This is impressive and would provide a valuable resource for anyone reviewing this subject.
For the purposes of our discussion on HIFA it would be helpful to identify what has been done in terms of evidence synthesis / systematic review of traditional medicine.
For example, a quick Google search reveals a Cochrane systematic review (2014) on Herbal medicine for low-back pain. (Note the studies were using herbal medicines in measured doses in clinical settings rather than in traditional settings.) The conclusion: 'Low to moderate quality evidence shows that four herbal medicines may reduce pain in acute and chronic LBP in the short-term and have few side effects. There is no evidence yet that any of these substances are safe or efficacious for long-term use. Large, well-designed trials are needed to further test the efficacy of these interventions.'
Best wishes, Neil
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