Scientific & Traditional Methods Discussed Essay

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For traditional evidence, aloe vera for use on skin ailments such as wounds and ulcers was reviewed. Aloe vera has been commonly known for years to treat such skin ailments and three pieces of literature, from as early as the 17th century, were reviewed to find traditional evidence of this use. While they substantiated the use of aloe to heal ulcers and to cease bleeding wounds, which evidences the use of aloe topically over hundreds of years, there is not a lot of traditional information available and a firm conclusion cannot be reached without further research on the topic for use in practice. More current information and scientific conclusions should be investigated before proceeding with the topical use of aloe for skin ailments. Traditional evidence can prove difficult to research due to old books being unavailable or written in a different language and other such difficulties but this knowledge should always be sought when researching a topic for use in practice as there may be good reason for the traditional use of them over the hundreds, if not thousands of years. For scientific evidence, the use of St John’s Wort, or in Latin, hypericum perforatum, for depression was reviewed. While St John’s wort has shown to be used traditionally for thousands of years both internally, as an anti-inflammatory, and externally for it’s antibacterial qualities, it has only been in more recent times that it has been used as an effective treatment for depression. Many studies have been conducted, including the “gold-standard” of studies - randomized control trials, which were used for this review. The 3 trials examined all showed significant improvement in the treatment groups using St John’s wort compared to the placebo groups revealing a definite causality between St John’s wort and reduced symptoms of mild to moderate depression. One study also concluded it was at

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