The West has a long history of introducing drugs into medicine that are banned in the Muslim world.
But in recent years, Western herbalists have begun to push back against this practice, claiming that these herbs are useful and can have positive effects on humans.
In an open letter published in the journal Lancet last week, the authors of Western devil medicines—a list of herbs banned by the West that include some popular herbal remedies—described how they were able to overcome this prohibition and help alleviate suffering in Westerners suffering from various illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders.
The Western herbalist group, which includes researchers from the University of Cambridge, has been in contact with the Western herbal medicine association, and are now looking for more resources to continue their work.
“We are committed to sharing our findings and experiences in order to bring awareness to the widespread use of Western herbal medicines and to encourage the West to continue its advocacy in this area,” the letter reads.
“As Western herbal practitioners we feel that the benefits of Western medicinal remedies to Western patients outweigh the risks.
We are excited to see Western herbal experts collaborate in order for us to share our discoveries with the wider public.”
This story originally appeared on Ars Technic’s sister site, Ars Technico, and has been republished here with permission.