Vivianne, thank you for your posting and the content about Traditional Medicine.
I read it with interest and wondered that if safety and quality, efficacy and effectiveness are prerequisites for modern medicines to be prescribed and used why should the standards be different for traditional medicines. As you said in your posting, '---The issue is that the dosage, safety and possible side effects of the traditional medicines is often unknown'.
Another statement in your posting that I wonder if there is evidence for is where you stated that '-- traditional medicines are preferred over regulated pharmaceuticals'. That statement is commonly made and repeated but it needs to be qualified. 'Traditional medicine' is naturally popular in our society because thats what we had before modern medicine came a few hundred years ago. But can we validate that traditional medicine is more popular than modern proven and safer medicine?. We should research more into traditional medicines to bring it at par with quality, safety and other standards that modern medicine is known for.
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