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Syrians resort to herbal medicine amid drug crisis

The deteriorating living conditions in northwestern Syria and the expensive medical consultations and medicines have prompted Syrian patients to resort to herbal medicine to treat their diseases.
A Syrian beekeeper prepares medicine to inject into hives at a bee farm in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, Oct. 2, 2016. Honey is used as a homoeopathic treatment for burns and wounds.

Following the price increase of medicines in the opposition-controlled areas in northwest Syria, many Syrians have started resorting to herbal medicine to treat diseases. The Syrian regime’s Ministry of Health has raised prices twice in the past months — most recently in February.

Abu Abd al-Rahman from Idlib countryside has been a herbal medicine specialist for 18 years. “Herbal medicine is an alternative for modern scientific medicine, and it cannot be ignored. Over the past couple of years, demand for herbal medicine has significantly increased,” he told Al-Monitor.

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