The World Health Organisation estimates that up to 80% of the world’s population uses herbal medicine for primary health care.
In China, traditional medicine is largely based on around 5.000 herbs wich are used for treating 40% of urban patients and 90% of rural patients. In India, where traditional health care systems are very strong, 400.000 registered traditional medical practitioners are in practice, compared with 332.000 registered doctors. In Africa, up to 80% of the people use traditional medicine. In industrialized countries, adaptations of traditional medicine are called ” Complementary ” or ” Alternative ” ( CAM ). In Europe, North America and other industrialized regions, over 50% of the population use CAM medicine.
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In China, 30% to 50% of the total medicines are traditional herbal preparations.
In Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Zambia, 60% of children with high fever resulting from malaria are treated with herbal medicine at home.
In the United States, 158 million of the adult population use complementary medicines, and every year, about 17 billion dollars is spent on traditional remedies.
In the United Kingdom, people spend 230 million US dollars on alternative medicine every year.
How about you ? Do you use traditional medicine for primary health care ?