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Traditional Medicine: Poison Or Cure?

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Traditional Medicine In Culture Environment

Regardless of background, Malaysians really believe in traditional medicine. About 80 percent of Malaysians use health supplement products, herbal medicine and traditional medicine. The study by Head of Department and Senior Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Datuk Dr Mohd Rushdan Md Noor also found that more than 84 percent of pregnant women in this country also practice or usually take traditional medicine.

Traditional Medicine Creation

Only handed down orally from generation to generation, making the ratio and level of quality often inconsistent.

Traditional Medicine Creadibility

Until these studies are scientifically documented, the use of traditional medicine remains risky.

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Malaysians use health supplement products, herbal medicine and traditional medicine
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Pregnant women in this country also practice or usually take traditional medicine.

The ingredients and methods of making traditional medicines are also usually only handed down orally from generation to generation, making the ratio and level of quality often inconsistent. The authorities’ efforts to monitor have also become more difficult because most of these traditional products are unbranded and not sold legally. As a result, the risk from the use of this medicine is also difficult to control. In fact, there are dozens of traditional supplement medicine operators who mix natural ingredients with chemicals. The Malaysian Ministry of Health has banned this process because the reaction from the mixture of the two types of substances is feared to be dangerous.

Among the long-term effects on traditional medicine users are high blood pressure and liver disease. The increasing statistics of kidney patients in this country is also believed to be caused by the use of illegal traditional medicine. Pregnant women who take traditional medicine are at risk of ovarian tumors, as well as precancer and uterine cancer. This does not include short-term effects such as allergies involving itching, shortness of breath and swelling.

There are also those who think that this traditional medicine has benefits, but there is no authentic information to support this. Studies on the benefits of traditional ingredients such as those carried out by the Drug and Herbal Research Center, the Faculty of Pharmacy of the National University of Malaysia (UKM) and many other parties are being actively conducted. However, until these studies are scientifically documented, the use of traditional medicine remains risky.

Ideally, to treat any disease, get medicine that has been certified by the Malaysian Ministry of Health. Be careful also when choosing medicinal products that look authentic. Make sure the product is approved, and don’t buy anything from unofficial sources. Consult a doctor or medical specialist if unsure of the content. For more accurate information, contact the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA) to ascertain the status of a drug product. Play your part as a responsible citizen, for our common good.

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