Dr.Bancha Khakong – Head of Phuket Health Office recently chaired a conference on herbal treatments. The conference was to raise awareness and knowledge on a variety of herbal treatments listed in the National Herbal Register. The treatments focused mainly on respiratory and muscle diseases.
“Now there are a large number of patients admitted to the hospitals who rely on medicines and each year this costs the government a lot of money. Therefore the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Medicine wants to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical drugs used and increase the use of herbal medicines. Patients will now see the use of both Thai herbs and modern medicines in the curing of their problems” said Dr.Bancha.
“Some diseases such as liver cancer or certain viruses can be cured or improved by using herbal medicines, and can therefore be regarded as an alternative medicine in the treatment of diseases in the future.” Dr.Bancha added.