In Developing Countries, Is Traditional Medicine as Important as Modern Medicine?

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There's lot of ways to define traditional medicine, we have treatments for Malaria that we all would take if we needed it there are traditional medicines historically so having worked in India for instance for 30 plus years, everybody uses tradition medicine this as well as the allopahethic medicines and it's not a conflict, maybe in our community all over the world don't see that disconnect between using traditional medicine persons in using, we call allopathic or western treatments, the challenge to figure out how, where those can conflict with each other whether an individual might affect the way they adhere to the medications whether they be tradition or a non traditional medicines.

I think side effects are things that have to be sorted out, the herbal treatments in India have been to change the way our bodies metabolize. Some of the drugs I might prescribe as John Hopkins. So understanding that interception I think is important so, it's whole area of research that needs to be launched and looked at cuz people are not going to stop using the traditional medicine question is how do we optimize their health and health is a broad topic.

It's not just about the medications we take or what type of medications we take. It has to do with nutrition and lots of other lifestyle issues as well as a more holistic approach is needed, and that's if we think it can only my medical students, at Hopkins if you think that your patients are not trying traditional medicines you're really kid yourself, the key is to figure out make sure you know what you are taking, whether be tradition or otherwise will find ways for you to optimize the health outcomes.