|Indigenous South East Asian Herbal Remedies: Symptomatic relief for people with HIV/AIDS
Authors: Somsak Supawitkul, Rachanit Rachakid and Pornpimol Saksoong
Compiled by Marissa Marco, Phimjai Kananurak and Kannika Marco
By tapping into local
knowledge of South East Asian indigenous plants with medicinal
value, herbal remedies have been incorporated in the treatment of
common symptoms and minor opportunistic infections among PWHAs.
Modern medicines are often expensive, thus not accessible to many
people, and sometimes associated with undesirable side effects.
Besides providing symptomatic relief with fewer side effects than
many modem medicines, indigenous plants are also effective
nutritional supplements. Simple preparations and self-production by
PWHAs, or in cooperation with a pharmacist or health care provider,
enables self-reliance and avoidance of deceitful commercial sales or