Most rural dwellers of the country still rely on traditional healers due to a number of constraints. One of which is lack of medical facilities or they simply reside too far away to access modern medical services during an emergency. For example most people in rural areas do not have an easy access to medical centers compared to traditional healers hence tend to go to them (traditional healers). Though it has been found that even people residing near modern medical facilities patronize these traditional health establishments. In fact, traditional healers live and practice their trade among the communities they live in and so understand their patients’ beliefs and customs better.
Lower cost is another advantage to herbal medicine. Herbs cost much less than prescription medications. Research, testing, and marketing add considerably to the cost of prescription medicines. Herbs tend to be inexpensive compared to drugs.
Herbal medicines tend to be more effective for long-standing health complaints that don't respond well to pharmaceutical drugs. One example is the herbs and alternative remedies used to treat arthritis. Vioxx, a well-known prescription drug used