Incorporating traditional medicine into Western healthcare

Connie Chen, Elora López, Gerard Bodeker & Yemeng Chen
Traditional medicines, which include herbal remedies, acupuncture and spiritual therapies, have been used for millennia by various peoples to treat acute and chronic illnesses. In many developing countries, they remain the most accessible and most commonly used form of medical care (WHO, 2002). While pharmaceutical medicines are commonly used in developed countries to treat a vast range of infectious diseases and chronic conditions, patients in developing countries continue to rely on traditional medicines for several...
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