By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

October 8, 2019

I just finished the first week of the University of Minnesota’s Herbal Medicine MOOC taught by Amy Taylor, MD. The Coursera course is aimed at health professionals and is turning out to be quite interesting.

The use of plants in medicine seems to be worldwide and multicultural. Here in Japan, we usually think of Chinese medicine, but Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine detailed over 500 medicinal plants, so it’s obvious that the use of plants for therapy wasn’t confined to China.

Today, according to eCore, up to four billion people, or about 80% of the world’s population use botanical medicines. In the US, according to a 2012 CDC survey, 33.2% of the population used alternative therapies and within this group, 17.7% used botanical therapies. The people in this group spent 12.8 billion dollars in the same year as opposed to the 54.1 billion dollars spent on pharmaceuticals.

The numbers make it clear that there are a lot of people who use botanicals.

植物療法

ミネソタ大学提供の『植物療法』コースの第一週を終えたところ。

講義では植物治療は世界中現象や多文化的だとわかった。日本では普段『漢方薬治療』が浮かぶだけど、西洋医学の父としたヒポクラテスでも500種類以上の植物薬について書いたので中国だけのものではないことが明らかだ。

eCoreによると現在、世界中4,000,000,000人、即ち世界人口の約8割が植物薬を利用している。ア2012CDC調査によるとアメリカでは人口の33.2%は代替医療を利用し、その内の17.7%は植物薬を使用する。植物薬利用者グループは同年に薬剤グループの54,100,000,000ドルに対して12,800,000,000ドルを植物薬に使った。

この数字から植物薬を使っている人の数が多いだと解る。

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English books by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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