Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Use of Traditional Medicine, Growing
Kompas.com - Interests individuals to consume herbal medicine and traditional medicine continues to rise. In general, they are considered more natural medicinal plants and thus more secure.
In Indonesia alone, according to the Health Research Association in 2010, which made the Ministry of Health showed that 59.12 percent of the population ever eating herbs and 95 percent of those admitted to the health benefits of traditional herbs.
Types of medicinal plants most widely cultivated to be include ginger herb (50.36 percent), kencur (48 percent), ginger (39 percent), meniran (13 percent), and pace (11 percent).
The government continues to encourage the use of herbs. One of them by Law 36 of 2009 which states that the traditional health care services included in 17 different health measures that must be prepared.
According Abidinsyah Siregar, director of health services building traditional, alternative and complementary, in 2011 there are 40 hospitals in Indonesia, which integrates traditional or complementary health care.
"Hospitals that are programmed there had been 44, but quite a lot of private hospitals initiative include traditional pengobotan. Perhaps now more than 100 hospitals," he told a media event education Healthy Life with Herbal held by PT.Deltomed in Jakarta, Thursday (12/7).
Although Indonesia has the raw materials of medicinal plants wasteful, but herbal medicine through research and innovation remains a big challenge. Indeed, we have identified 9000 medicinal plants benefit from the overall 35,000 medicinal plants in the country, but we have standardized herbal new 38 species and six new fitofarmaka we have.
Fitofarmaka is a group that has been proven to be effective after a clinical trial. "Nonconventional treatment will continue to be encouraged to be studied, tested, and researched so has scientific basis," he said.
Safety testing of herbal medicinal industry is very important because not all herbs are safe. "Before the plants are marketed through preclinical drug should thus be referred to as standardized herbal medicine," said dr.Abrijanto, business development manager PT.Deltomed.
Communities are expected to be careful in choosing traditional medicine, especially if do not have a registration number BPOM and not mentioning the drug in the Indonesian language. "Every herb imported into Indonesia required no writing in Indonesian," he said.
The use of traditional medicine is expected to replace the use of conventional medicine currently 95 percent of raw materials are imported.