Everywhere on earth people use home remedies. In some places, the
older or traditional ways of healing have been passed down from parents to
children for hundreds of years.
Many home remedies have great value. Others have less. And some may
be risky or harmful. Home remedies, like modern medicines, must be used
The Limitations of Home Remedies
Some diseases are helped by home remedies. Others can be treated better
with modern medicine. This is true for most serious infections. Sicknesses like
pneumonia, tetanus, typhoid, tuberculosis, appendicitis, diseases caused by sexual contact, and fever after childbirth should be treated with modern medicines as soon as possible.
For these diseases, do not lose time trying to treat them first with home remedies only. It is sometimes hard to be sure which home remedies work well and which do not. More careful studies are needed. For this reason:
It is often safer to treat very serious illnesses with modern
medicine—following the advice of a health worker if possible.
Old Ways and New
Some modern ways of meeting health needs work better than old ones. But at times the older, traditional ways are best. For example, traditional ways of caring for children or old people are often kinder and work better than some newer, less personal ways.
Not many years ago everyone thought that mother’s milk was the best food for a young baby. They were right! Then the big companies that make canned and artificial milk began to tell mothers that bottle feeding was better.
This is not true, but many mothers believed them and started to bottle feed their babies. As a result, thousands of babies have suffered and died needlessly from infection or hunger. For the reasons, the breast is best.
Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor is the Executive Editor of 4PM GH, Ghanaian blogger, social media marketer and event promoter. Professionally he is known as Gabbie GH.