Disease management is an area of medical science comprising management of chronic and epidemic diseases that affects the community. Disease management always requires great prominence from the health care mediators and professionals.
Traditional Medicine/complementary and alternative medicine (TM/CAM) as well as the service providers are widely used around the world yet the recognition is subtle. It is used extensively for many purposes like reproductive health care services, and at the household level for major and minor ailments. WHO estimated that in many developing countries, 80% or more of the population living in rural areas are cared for by traditional practitioners and birth attendants. In India also for about 65% of the population Traditional medicine is the only source of primary health care (WHO, 2002). Surveys like concurrent evaluation of NRHM found that in Nagaland, home remedies used for diarrhoea, high fever and cough, breathing are 62.5 %, 30.9% and 39.5% respectively, and around 11-20% households reported treatment of minor and major ailments with traditional medicines (IIPS, 2009) Moatula Ao Factors contributing to efficacy of traditional health care providers and medicine: Evidences from Nagaland.
Last date updated on June, 2014