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Traditional Herbs Used in Modern Medicine

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Julianna DeGaetano

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Within global health it is important to look at how culture and religion plays a role in healthcare and how patients may be treated. Taking a closer look at Ayurveda medicine in India, helps to analyze how religion and culture influence the medication and treatment given. Ayurvedic medicine puts more emphasis on the treatment of the body and soul as a unit rather than treating a single body part. Followers of Ayurveda medicine prefer to use herbal medicines to treat illness. Many of these herbs are native to Southeast Asia and have been used in Indian culture for many years. Herbs such as Ajwain and Brahmi are very common in Ayurveda medicine and have many different properties that affect the body. Ajwain is commonly used to treat hypertension and high blood pressure, while Brahmi is a neuroprotector that has benefits to help the brain. Some of the more common herbs such as Brahmi and Ajwain have been used in clinical studies for modern medicine to test the affectivity of these herbs over pharmaceutical drugs. There are still many other herbs that are used in ayurvedic medicine that have not be clinically tested but have been in use for centuries. This poses a problem as the side effects from these herbs may be unknown and scientists worry that they will not be able to regulate access to them.

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Traditional Herbs Used in Modern Medicine

Within global health it is important to look at how culture and religion plays a role in healthcare and how patients may be treated. Taking a closer look at Ayurveda medicine in India, helps to analyze how religion and culture influence the medication and treatment given. Ayurvedic medicine puts more emphasis on the treatment of the body and soul as a unit rather than treating a single body part. Followers of Ayurveda medicine prefer to use herbal medicines to treat illness. Many of these herbs are native to Southeast Asia and have been used in Indian culture for many years. Herbs such as Ajwain and Brahmi are very common in Ayurveda medicine and have many different properties that affect the body. Ajwain is commonly used to treat hypertension and high blood pressure, while Brahmi is a neuroprotector that has benefits to help the brain. Some of the more common herbs such as Brahmi and Ajwain have been used in clinical studies for modern medicine to test the affectivity of these herbs over pharmaceutical drugs. There are still many other herbs that are used in ayurvedic medicine that have not be clinically tested but have been in use for centuries. This poses a problem as the side effects from these herbs may be unknown and scientists worry that they will not be able to regulate access to them.