The World Health Organization says people need more information about how to (36) ______ use traditional medicines. The W.H.O. now has guidelines to suggest ways for public health officials to develop that information. The health agency is part of the United Nations.
Up to eighty percent of people in (37) ______ countries depend on traditional medicines. More and more people in (38) ______ countries use them too. But the W.H.O. notes that just because products are natural does not always mean they are safe. It says reports of bad reactions have increased (39) ______ in the last few years.
In China, for example, about ten-thousand harmful drug reactions were reported in 2002. There were just four-thousand (40) ______ reported between 1990 and 1999. Traditional medicines are made from plants, animal products and (41) ______ . The health agency says they remain largely outside government control.
In most countries, traditional medicines can be (42) ______ without a doctor's order. Sometimes they are (43) ______ by friends or by the patients themselves. (44) _____________________________________________________ . Lee Jong-wook is Director-General of the organization. Doctor Lee says (45) ____________________________________________________ . But he says governments should have the tools to make sure people get the best information.
Under the new guidelines, traditional healers would have to be skilled. And they would have to be listed with the government. Also, people would have to be informed about how and where to report problems. Doctor Lee says (46) ___________________________________________________________________________ .