Diary 273: Medicines from nature and natives
I read with keen interest the article entitled “medicines from nature and natives’ by Joanna Eede, Utusan Konsumer Nov-Dec 2010, page 21.
First of all, there is no doubt that medicines from nature and traditional knowledge of the natives still provide the best chemical leads for biologically active compounds that have a medicinal value for humans.
Second, WHO estimates that up to 80% of the world population still relies on plants for primary health.
Third, will these medicines really helpful in maintaining and reclaiming good health?
This is a big question many do not want to talk about.
Both modern and traditional medicines certainly are helpful to certain extent.
However, there modern and traditional medicines have their limitations.
The ultimate health comes from prevention where there is no diseases to be treated.
It is the outcome of a holistic healthy lifestyle, body, mind and spiritual development.