Aligarh: “Unani Medicine gives patients both hope and alternatives and is helping cure diseases without disturbing patient’s immune system,” said Dr Sumbul Rehman, Department of Ilmul Advia, Faculty of Unani Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) during an oral presentation on ‘Scientific Revalidation of the Concept of Infectious Diseases in Unani Medicine: Resurgence of Unani Herbal Antibiotics’ at the School of Traditional Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
She was presenting her research at the 2nd International Congress on History of Medicine in Iran and Islam.
Shedding light on the importance of herbal drugs in treatment of infections, Dr Sumbul pointed out: “Many studies report the use of herbal drugs but there only few studies concentrating on mechanism of their tolerance/ resistance in microbes.”
She added that it is imperative to study and understand the mechanism of such tolerance/ resistance to herbal drugs among different isolates of bacteria as it will give the scientific community an opportunity to explore more about this area.
Dr Sumbul emphasised that herbal medicine is becoming more popular not only in developing countries but also in developed countries as many plants or herbs are scientifically proven to contain bioactive compounds and are alternatives to harmful synthetic drugs that cause side effects.
She was invited for the oral presentation by Dr Arman Zargaran, Scientific Secretary of the Congress and Vice Dean for International Affairs, School of Traditional Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences.