Uses of Traditional Medicine For AIDS

The use of traditional medicine and Natural Health Products is widespread among those living with HIV infection.HIV/AIDS disease is currently the most socio-economic challenge that is facing the world at large as it affects mostly the young and economically productive population. According to WHO, 4 billion people (80% of the World’s population) use herbal medicines for some aspect of primary healthcare. Traditional herbal medicine use has been described to be common among individuals with moderate and advanced HIV disease. Basically used anti- retroviral drug for AIDS treatment. Traditional herbal medicines are often used in Africa, as primary treatment for HIV/ AIDS and for HIV-related problems including dermatological disorders, nausea, depression, insomnia and weakness.Traditional herbal medicine by AIDS patients after HIV diagnosis was noted in a study in Uganda. The insertion of traditional herbal healers in the health care system especially in primary healthcare team in developing countries could improve quality of life and safety standards and their use as a complimentary therapy could play a role in the palliative care of people living with HIV/AIDS.


  • Regional use of natural remedies
  • Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Toxicity of drugs
  • Reflexology

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