Role of Traditional Medicine in Human Society

The traditional medicines are playing an important role in human society from the past centuries. Traditional medical practice illustrates the medical knowledge practices, which improved more than centuries ago within a variety of societies before the era of modern Allopathic or Homeopathic medication begins. Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Unani, herbal, African Yoruba Ifa, Muti as well as many other ancient medical practices from all over the world included in these medicines.

Historically, at the end of the twentieth century, a number of traditions came to dominate the practice of traditional medicine. Among all, the herbal medicine system of Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman sources, the Ayurvedic medicine system from India, traditional Chinese medicine, Unani-Tibb medicine and Shamanic Herbalism were the most dominant at the end of the twentieth century.

Key Contributions to Modern Medicines

The fundamental concepts of Modern allopathic medicine have developed from traditional (Unani and Ayurvedic) medicines.

About fifty-five percent of present Allopathic or Homeopathic medications, which are using in the world, derived from plant or herb sources.

Roughly 40% of plants provide active ingredients for modern drugs or medicines, and because of their use in traditional medicines, they came to the interest of researchers.

More than 120 active ingredients presently isolated from the medicinal herbs.

More than 8,000 active ingredients in the present pharmacopoeias extracted from plant sources.

Who Uses Traditional Medicine?

Among non-industrialized societies, the use of herbs to heal disease is almost universal. Peoples from countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa are still using herbal products to fulfill their regular health related necessities. As an example, nearly 75-80 percent of the population in Africa uses traditional medicine to fulfill their basic health related necessities. Another attention-grabbing thing is that presently, in United States, up to 158 million peoples use complementary medicines in their primary health related necessities.

Which Discipline Studies Traditional Medicines?

Ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, and medical anthropology have included as the basic disciplines, which study these medicines.

Present Status of Traditional Medicines

In recent years, the use of drugs or medications as well as search for new drugs and dietary supplements derived from traditionally used plant sources have accelerated much. As a result, many researchers are studying and investigating on these medicines today to find out the proper remedial uses along with pharmacological effects.

Safety Issues

Moreover, according to WHO (World Health Organization), over hundreds of countries have regulatory systems for herbal medicinal products. However, WHO also warns that the scientific data from experiments done to analyze the safety and efficiency of traditional or herbal medicinal products and practices is insufficient. As a result, WHO recommends consulting with physicians before taking these medicines.

The Trauma of Children of Addicts and Alcoholics

Living with an addict (including alcoholics [1] can feel like life in a war zone. The addict’s personality changes caused by addiction create chaos. Family dynamics are organized around the substance abuser, who acts like a tyrant, denying that drinking or using is a problem, while issuing orders and blaming everyone else. To cope and avoid confrontations, typically, family members tacitly agree to act as if everything is normal, not make waves, and not mention addiction. Family members deny what they know, feel, and see. This all takes a heavy psychological toll, often causing trauma, especially on those most vulnerable, the children. Yet more than half are in denial that they have an addicted parent.

Dysfunctional Parenting Causes Codependency
In families with addiction, parenting is unreliable, inconsistent, and unpredictable. There never is a sense of safety and consistency, allowing children to thrive. The majority suffer emotional, if not physical abuse, and thus carry issues of trust and anger about their past, sometimes directed at the sober parent, as well. In some cases, the sober parent is so stressed that he or she is more impatient, controlling, and irritable than the alcoholic, who may have withdrawn from family life. The children may blame the sober parent for neglecting their needs or not protecting them from abuse or unfair decrees issued by the alcoholic. In high conflict couples, both parents are emotionally unavailable.

Children’s needs and feelings get ignored. They may be too embarrassed to entertain friends and suffer from shame, guilt, and loneliness. Many learn to become self-reliant and needless to avoid anyone having power over them again.

Because an addict’s behavior is erratic and unpredictable, vulnerability and authenticity required for intimate relationships are considered too risky. Children live in continuous fear and learn to be on guard for signs of danger, creating constant anxiety well into adulthood. Many become hypervigilant and distrustful and learn to contain and deny their emotions, which are generally shamed or denied by parents. In the extreme, they may be so detached that they’re numb to their feelings. The environment and these effects are how codependency is passed on – even by children of addicts who aren’t addicts themselves.

Family Roles
Children typically adopt one or more roles that help relieve tension in the family. Typical roles are:

The Hero. The hero is usually the eldest child and most identified with a parental role, often helping with parental duties. Heroes are responsible and self-reliant. They sacrifice and do the right thing to keep calm. They make good leaders, are successful, but often anxious, driven, controlled, and lonely.

The Adjuster. The adjuster doesn’t complain. Rather than be in charge like the hero, the adjuster tries to fit in and adapt. Thus, as adults, they have difficulty taking charge of their life and pursuing goals.

The Placater. The placater is the most sensitive to others’ feelings and tries to meet others’ emotional needs, but neglects their own. They also must discover their wants and needs and learn to pursue their goals.

The Scapegoat. The scapegoat acts out negative behavior to distract the family from the addict and to express feelings he or she can’t communicate. Some scapegoats turn to addiction, promiscuity, or other acting-out behavior to distract themselves and manage their emotions. When they’re in trouble, it unites the parents around a common problem.

The Lost Child. The lost child is usually a younger child who withdraws into a world of fantasy, music, video games, or the Internet, seeking security in solitude. Their relationships and social skills may necessarily suffer.

The Mascot. Also a younger or youngest child, the mascot manages fear and insecurity by being cute, funny, or coquettish to relieve family tension.

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Addicts (ACAs)
Although these roles help children cope growing up, as adults, they often become fixed personality styles that prevent full development and expression of the self. Roles prevent authentic communication necessary for intimacy. As adults, deviating from a role can feel as threatening as it would have been in childhood, but it’s necessary for full recovery from codependency. Roles can also conceal undiagnosed depression and anxiety. Often, the depression is chronic and low-grade, called dysthymia.

Trauma
Many develop trauma symptoms of PTSD – post-traumatic stress syndrome, with painful memories and flashbacks similar to a war veteran. Physical health may be impacted as well. The ACE (“Adverse Childhood Experiences”) study found a direct correlation between adult symptoms of negative health and childhood trauma. ACE incidents that they measured included divorce, various forms of abuse, neglect, and also living with an addict or substance abuse in the family. Children of addicts and alcoholics usually experience multiple ACEs.

Second-Hand Drinking
Lisa Frederiksen, daughter of an alcoholic mom, coined the term “Second-Hand Drinking” or SHD to refer to the negative impact an alcoholic has on other people in the form of “toxic stress.” It’s toxic because it’s unrelenting and children can’t escape it. In her own recovery, she made the connection between ACEs and SHD and how toxic stress can result in generational addiction, including her own struggle with an eating disorder.

Both SHD and ACEs are two of the key risk factors for developing addiction (of which alcoholism is one). The two key risk factors are childhood trauma and social environment. Given SHD’s genetic connection, a person experiencing SHD-related ACEs then has three of the five key risk factors for developing the brain disease of addiction (alcoholism).”

Conversations with her mom, helped Lisa forgive her and allowed her mom to forgive herself:

During our conversations, mom identified herself as having five ACEs and that her own mom (my grandmother) had a drinking problem… All of us had long-term exposure to secondhand drinking. To be clear – not all ACEs are related to SHD, of course. My mom had two and I had one of those, as well.

“Mom and I talked about my realization that I’d blindly participated in passing along the consequences of my own untreated SHD-related ACEs to my daughters the same way my mom had blindly passed hers to me. And these consequences were not limited to developing alcoholism or an alcohol use disorder. They were the consequences of insecurity, anxiety, fear, anger, self-judgment, unclear boundaries, accommodating the unacceptable, constant worry, and the other physical, emotional and quality-of-life consequences of toxic stress. It was this shocking insight that moved me to treat my untreated SHD-related ACEs and help my daughters treat theirs.

“Bottom line is these discoveries helped my mom finally forgive herself the way I had forgiven her years ago. Not the kind of forgiveness that excuses trauma-causing behaviors, rather the kind of forgiveness that lets go of wishing for a different outcome. It is the kind of forgiveness that recognizes we were all doing the best we could with what we knew at the time.”

[1] In the recent DSM-5 manual for mental disorders, alcoholism is now referred to as an Alcohol Use Disorder and alcoholics as a person with an Alcohol Use Disorder. Similar changes were made for other substance-related disorders, classified according to the substance, such as opioids, inhalants, sedatives, stimulants, hallucinogens, and cannabis.

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Free Speech: Are People With Emotional Problems Being Used To Control Others?

It seems that there is a not a moment that goes by when someone isn’t offended about something. In fact, it could be said that this has become a competition for some people, and the person who is the most offended is the one who wins the prize.

This might not be completely accurate though, as what someone is offended about can also have an effect. There are then certain offences that will elevate them above other people.

The Prize

Now, this doesn’t mean that they will end up winning a gold medal; after all, they are not participating in some kind of sport. Yet, what they will receive is positive feedback from other people.

In addition to this, they will be able to take the moral high ground, and this is going to allow them to feel good about themselves. So, even though one has simply been offended by something or someone, it will be as if they have achieved something significant.

Moving On

But regardless of whether one sees this as some kind of competition or not, it is likely to be only a matter of time before something else presses their buttons, so to speak. One way of looking at this would be to say that they are made of ice and they live in a world that is made of fire.

The difference is that while they won’t completely disappear, they will still be affected by the world around them. Based on this, it could be said that they are the ones with the problem, and that it is not the world around them that needs to change.

A Waste of Time

If someone was to say this to them, there is the chance that it wouldn’t have much of an effect on them. What it could do is cause them to be offended, and this is then going to be another way for them to paint themselves as a victim.

Ideally, this person would look into why they have the tendency to be offended, as this would give them the chance to change their life. This would be a time when one would look into what is taking place within them.

A Choice

Through taking this approach, one might soon find that a number of things take place when they are offended. They will see that there is what they hear and then there is how they interpret it.

Said another way, the only way that what they hear can have an effect on them is if they allow to it have an effect. What this shows is how much control they have when it comes to whether or not they are offended by something.

One Part

Along with how their mind responds to what is said, there can also be what is triggered within them. For example, if one is carrying a lot for anger and shame within them, what they hear can trigger this anger and shame.

But if one is not aware of the fact that they are carrying this baggage within them, it will be normal for them to believe that how they feel is the result of what they have heard. When in reality, what exists within them is simply being brought up to the surface.

Trauma

What this could relate to is what has taken place during their adult years and/or it could go back to what happened to them when they were younger. As when one has a traumatic experience, this pain is likely to stay in their body and mind unless they do something about it.

When this pain is not dealt with, it can end up being more or less impossible for them to regulate their emotions. One can end up being emotionally raw, and just about anything can ‘trigger’ them.

One Outlook

Therefore, one of the main reasons why someone would have the tendency to be affected by what other people say is because they are carrying trauma. And as so many people in the world experience life in this way, it shows that a lot of people are carrying trauma.

One way to handle this problem will be for the people who experience life in this way to get the help that they need. This would give these people the chance to experience inner peace, perhaps for the first time, and it would stop them from trying to control what people can say.

Back To Reality

There are going to be people who take this route, and then there are going to be people who don’t. If someone does take this route, it could be said that they will be the exception as opposed to the rule.

What this comes down to is that people are generally discouraged from taking responsibility for their life. The people in power realise that if you keep people in a child-like state, it is a lot easier to control them.

A Mini-Tyrant

When it comes to someone who spends a lot of time being offended, they can have the need to silence the people who offend them. These people can be labelled in some way and seen as the ones with the problem.

One can believe that they are right and the people who offended then are wrong; when in reality, it is unlikely to be this black and white. Still, there will be plenty of authority figures who are only too happy to treat them like a victim.

A Useful Fool

This can cause them to come to the conclusion that their feelings are extremely important and that the people in power care about them. Yet, if they were to take a step back, it might become clear that they are just being used.

It is not that their feelings are important or that these people care about them; it is that their behaviour has given them an indirect way to silence their fellow human beings. And as these people are being silenced, it will only be a matter of time before they are also silenced.

Conclusion

If the people in power actually cared about others, they would do what they can do empower them as individuals. This means that they would stop trying to control every area of their life, and to do this they would have to change.

But as these people are control freaks, it is highly unlikely that this will take place, and this is why they can’t be trusted. When they do something that seems to be for the betterment of society, there is the chance that this is nothing more than an illusion, and that they are just trying to distract people from paying attention to something else.