Friday, March 02, 2007

Traditional Herbal Medicine

Traditional Herbal Medicine

Traditional herbal medicine refers to the therapeutic values of herbal medicine beyond the medication’s active ingredients, in which the herbal medicine is considered to be active only when it is imbued with an invisible life force.

Traditional herbal medicine is the oldest known type of medical treatment and has been practiced in virtually every culture worldwide. It relies on an understanding of treatment as something more than what can be perceived by the physical senses of vision, taste, touch, feeling, and smell. It addresses the individual as an interlinked whole, body, emotions, mind, relationships, and spirit—all of which are significant aspects of support and palliative care for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The quality of life of people with HIV/AIDS is largely determined by how they interpret their reality and how that interpretation shapes their actions. A shift in interpretation is likely to cause a shift in other unseen forces, ultimately causing change in action and the quality of life.