Traditional Medicine in Modern Era
This is an interesting paper made by Mulia Destini. She wrote about how traditional medicine should be preserved and what we should do to make traditional medicine able to compete with modern medicine in this era.
Nowadays, there are two kinds of medicine which are being practiced. The first one is modern medicine, which is studied by medical students and has treated so many infectious diseases for less than 100 years. The second one, which has been part of human life over many centuries, is traditional medicine. According to WHO (2011), traditional medicine is the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, used in the maintenance of health and in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement, or treatment of physical and mental illness. As the modern medicine keeps developing over time, traditional medicine is competing with it to keep exist. In this modern era, traditional medicine faces three major challenges to remain in use.
Firstly, producers of traditional medicine should produce safe, quality-controlled, and effective traditional medicine. Safe medicine means that the traditional medicine is involving no harm to be consumed. Some customers may feel uncomfortable to consume the traditional medicine because there has been no guarantee of the safety of some traditional medicine. The safety of the medicine can be guaranteed if the quality of the medicine is kindly controlled by decent technology. With the safety and good quality, the traditional medicine, hopefully, will work effectively in consumers’ body. This challenge is requested by the public who has been consumers of traditional medicine.
In addition, traditional medicine producers and practitioners should comply with the regulation of traditional medicine. The government, who makes the regulation, presents this challenge. The regulation of traditional medicine is established by the government in order to build a more scientifically credible system of traditional medicine. The producers of traditional medicine should pay attention to the regulation to produce traditional medicine according to the procedures. This regulation regulates registration, license, and production of the traditional medicine. Moreover, the regulation also regulates practice of the traditional medicine, to which the practitioners of traditional medicine should pay attention.
The last challenge is that practitioners of traditional medicine should provide more scientifically-based evidence before applying traditional practice to their patients. It is a challenge requested by medical scientists and health professionals. The usefulness of traditional medicine has been doubted by many medical scientists and health professionals. In some cases of medicine and health, traditional medicine practitioners have to meet certain requirement. This requirement is providing more scientifically-based evidence, which needs some involvement of the modern academic and scientific community, to make sure that the traditional practice is decent to be applied.
Three major challenges are faced by traditional medicine to remain in use in this modern era. There are producers producing safe, quality-controlled, and effective traditional medicine, producers and practitioners complying with the regulation of traditional medicine, and practitioners providing more scientifically-based evidence before applying traditional practice to their patients. Besides by completing the challenges, to remain in use, traditional medicine should be integrated with modern knowledge, which will lead traditional medicine to an improvement.
- Mulia Destini, 2011 -