Traditional medicines are popular. They are easy to acquire, often effective, affordable and most often, FREE. Limited have proven efficacy as supported by various scientific evidences. The rest are untested and their use are being discouraged.
The statement is often heard. Never use such specific herb, their effectiveness is not supported by scientific evidences. It might do more harm than good. Take doctor’s prescribed medicine instead.
When is blah blah blah supported by scientific evidences? How come it is scientific and how come it is not?
The supporting study should be done by person or group of persons with high educational attainment related to the said field – Masteral, Doctoral and Post-doctoral curriculum. A discovery by a mere farmer or a housewife maybe acknowledged on rare instances and or if verified by reputable scientists.
The person or group or persons involved in conduct must belong to a respected public or private institutions. Such as University of the Philippines, University of Santo Thomas, Cavite State University, Food Development Center, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Procter and Gamble, Uniliver and the likes.
A single study proving herbal medicine effectiveness is not enough. Series of studies done by different experts belonging to different institutions is often needed for acceptance. It is recommended to verify correctness and accuracy of use.
Testimonials stated by many people will not be accepted as proof unless recorded and subjected to statistical analysis such as regression and correlation.
Traditional practices are often rejected to protect human safety or take care of currently circulating drug market. However, if a certain drug is made by a multimillion company, it goes under rapid testing and eventual distribution.