Potential uses of ancient herbal preparations against non-communicable diseases
L Sarvananda, Menusha umayangani and Janaka karunaratne
The aim of this study is to find the action in reducing risk of non-communicable diseases using traditional medicinal plants. The burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD) cannot be reduced without equitable access to essential medicines. NCD medicines are critical to the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes chronic respiratory diseases (i.e.: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma), many cancer (including for palliative care), mental and neurological disorders demand for medicines is growing rapidly along with the rising number of NCD patients. This research was conducted among village people and medical practitioners by using questionnaires and observations in the areas such as Melfort, New Peacock, Nayapana, Sogama, Peacockhill, Chough Leigh, and Selvakandha. The study provides with a clear understanding on the medicinal benefits of traditional plants. Furthermore, these plants could be useful for the development of commercial drugs.