September 27, 2016 16:00 – 17:30
Re-exploring traditional medicine (Germany)

All around the world we find places where people profit from a productive interaction between formal health knowledge and everyday inclinations toward comfort and satisfaction. Because they know that relying on experience or on instinctual desires only does not suffice, people in these places teach their small children in great detail how time (the seasons and other environmental circumstances) and qualities of bodily life interact. 
There is a long history of knowledge about particular productive ways of interaction between humans and the environment and on how everybody individually and on a collective level can best embody this knowledge to better prevent disease and distress. Scholarship on Asian and European science, technology and medicine provides plenty evidence that this particular knowledge is tightly bound to “doing”, as it is not for sale and not for consumption. As I shall argue in this paper, this is ... More

Underestimating the Toxicological Challenges Associated with the use of Traditional Herbal Medicines and Phytotherrapeutics in Developing Countries (Mauritius)

Traditional medicine and phytotherapeutics may prove to be useful in mitigating certain ailments (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, etc.). Various reports suggest a high contemporaneous prevalence of herb-drug use in both developed and developing countries. The World Health Organisation indicates that 80% of the Asian and African populations rely on traditional medicine as the primary method for their health care needs.  The use of these remedies has extended to the more affluent world and over the past few decades, there has been a consumer-driven “return to nature” movement that has resulted in an expansion of the market for herbal products.  These experience-based practices are selected to prevent or cure specific diseases or symptoms in a holistic fashion, thus providing a complementary, if not an alternative solution to modern medicine. 
On the other hand, and despite ... More

The Research on Sustainable Utilization of Traditional Chinese Medicine Resources (China)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) resources is a kind of special resources, which combines ecological resources, medical resources, economic resources, scientific resources, technological resources and cultural resources in one. It concerns people's health and national prosperity. TCM resources which is the foundation of TCM industry, has great value on utilization and development. It is related to the matter of people's livelihood, social stability, ecological environment protection and development of the emerging strategic industries. As the embodiment of national advantages in global competition, TCM resources has important strategic significance. With the development of society, the demand of medicinal materials keeps increasing. However, the awareness on how to develop and use TCM resources rationally is far from enough, which leads to that sustainable development and utilization on TCM resources faces enormous ... More