Idleb – Hadia Mansour
Sulaf al-Daher, 40, began practicing herbal medicine after learning the trade from his grandmother. Many people in Idlib need this type of medicine because of the prohibitive prices of the medicines there.
Sulafa said Enab Baladi that she opened an herbal clinic inside her home in the town of Sarmad on the border with Turkey and began to treat many illnesses including colds, coughs, bronchitis and even chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
She added that she prescribed specific amounts of herbs for patients to take in order to get better.
She pointed out that many patients come to her clinic. And most of his patients are children and women who have decided to stop taking chemicals because they think they are ineffective in fighting their illnesses or because of their high prices. Profits of medicine in Idlib have increased by 100% due to the lack of supervision and inspection of the pharmaceutical sector in the region.
Free medical processing
Subhia al-Aswasd, a woman in her sixties, has practiced herbal medicine for decades. She prescribes suitable herbs for many patients who come to her clinic for free treatment. Unless she has the required herb, so she takes a small amount from the patient.
Subhia said Enab Baladi that she wants to work to please God and that she doesn’t want to keep what she has learned about herbal medicine with those who need it most, especially in these difficult times. Ten years of the Syrian war had a devastating effect on the medical sector; lack of access to medical supplies, medical care, drugs and specialist doctors.
The benefits of herbalism: Herbal medicine was one of the oldest medical sciences inherited by different civilizations. Known as alternative medicine, it may be more effective than modern medicine in treating certain illnesses, Sabiha told Enab Baladi.
“Chemical medicine can trigger side effects, due to their chemical structure unlike herbs and alternative treatments.”
Subhia pointed out that medicinal plants such as cactus, alfalfa juice, garlic, ginger, black cumin seeds, coconut oil, etc. cholesterol, treat skin ulcers, coronary heart disease and other diseases. Each herb or plant has multiple benefits and therapeutic characteristics.
Herbal clinics, manned by women, have spread widely in Idlib. They have been very well accepted by the patients who depend on these clinics to treat various illnesses without facing the high cost of medical examinations, high drug prices, lack of drugs and expired drugs.
After losing hope in standard medications, Nour al-Shallah, 25, decided to go to the herbal clinic in Idlib to treat his sinuses, especially since doctors did not advise him to do so. operate because the sinuses will likely grow back and cause an infection.
“I found what I was looking for in herbal medicine”
Nour al-Shallah found what she was looking for in herbal medicine when the herbal medicine expert described a blend of natural apple vinegar, ginger, pepper and lemon juice. “I felt better than ever and the inflammation and pain finally went away,” she told Enab Baladi.
Likewise, Salam al-Asaad, a 45-year-old diabetic patient, said Enab Baladi that after using a herbal blend of fenugreek, olive leaves, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, and cloves, she experienced remarkable improvement, with results comparable to standard medications.
Despite the benefits of herbal medicine and its success in treating many diseases, which has gained the support of patients over the years, it has some drawbacks related to the long duration of treatment and slow recovery compared to drugs. chemical.
In addition, some herbal remedies can cause harm if a patient does not stick to their treatment routine; it’s not taking your medication as prescribed – the right dose, at the right time, in the right way and at the right frequency, herbalist Subhia said.
What do doctors think of herbal medicine?
Idlib’s deputy health director Refaat al-Farhat said herbal medicine is ancient and has a scientific basis, and is rich in knowledge, which means it helps cure certain diseases.
In addition, modern medicine also benefits from many compounds derived from plants, which are a main component of the pharmaceutical industry.
Several herbal medicines are subject to the same regulatory standards as conventional medicines in terms of efficacy and safety. However, âsome herbs have no adverse effects or recovery effects. They are not a cure, according to the doctor.
The medical sector in northwestern Syria suffers from a shortage of medical services and supplies due to military actions and systematic bombardment of the region for the past decade, as well as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID- 19).
The region’s drug market is also experiencing rising prices for lack of sufficient supervision.