Natural medicines refer to the medicines obtained from natural resources including herbs and dietary supplements. There is an increasing interest from the public in using natural medicines for disease prevention and treatment. In Saudi Arabia, a local survey found up to 88% of the participants have used a kind of natural medicine. Healthcare providers often require proper knowledge for counselling patients in such therapies.
By the end of this session, the participant will be able to
1- Define natural medicines in the context of Saudi healthcare
2- Recognise types of natural medicines available in the Saudi market
3- Discuss science-based information on the safe and effective use of natural medicine.
4- Justify the rational use of natural medicines among patients