Herbal Medicine: Reviewing the meaning and use

Herbal medicine is an addition to medical drugs from doctors to treat diseases. Before using or drinking it, you need to pay attention to the use of herbal medicines. So, that they do not cause problems. Check out some of the sundries about herbal medicines below.

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is part of traditional medicine that has a long history.

According to the World Health Organization, traditional medicines are formed from knowledge, skills, and practices based on theories, beliefs, and experiences from different cultures.

Traditional medicines sometimes have a scientific explanation, but sometimes it doesn’t have any scientific evidence. Then, this natural remedy can be used to maintain health, and prevent, diagnose, and treat physical or mental illnesses.

Meanwhile, traditional medicine itself includes herbs that contain active ingredients from plant parts.

You can find herbs in different ways and forms, such as:

  1. potion,
  2. tea,
  3. syrup,
  4. essential oil,
  5. ointment, and
  6. tablets containing powder.

Based on the provisions of the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM), there are three categories of traditional medicines, namely:

  1. Herb,
  2. standardized herbal medicine (OHT), and
  3. Phytopharmaca.

3 Types of Traditional Medicines Commonly Consumed by Indonesians.

What are the uses of traditional medicine?

The book entitled Herbal Medicine, published by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, states that the main uses or benefits of traditional medicine are health promotion and therapy for chronic conditions.

A person can also use traditional medicine when he or she considers conventional medicine to be ineffective for treating certain diseases, such as advanced cancers and new infectious diseases.

In addition, often use the spice often as an adjunct treatment for acute and chronic ailments, such as:

  1. cardiovascular disease,
  2. disorders of the prostate, and
  3. inflammation or inflammation.

Not a few people also use traditional methods or medicines, such as herbal plants, to increase their immunity.

Many people believe that herbal remedies are always safe and beneficial. But in fact, herbal medicine is not always through testing, like medical drugs.

This means that natural medicines are not always guaranteed to be safe and effective in fighting disease.

Therefore, you need to carefully observe the origins of natural remedies before deciding to use or drink them.