Traditional plant medicines

For example for a cold or cough, in India, traditionally tulsi or oregano has been used extensively for treatment along with honey, and it alleviates the cold/cough to a very great extent. One of the most popular cough syrups available in India uses Adulsa, a plant extract. Similarly aloe vera gel is very effective in treating scars, burns, rashes, pimples and other skin problems. There are many other plants, plant extracts which are very effective for treating ailments, without any kind of side effect, at a relatively low cost. However this information is not documented or validated.

In some cases, it is possible to use plants and herbs for medical treatment as they contain the active ingredient which are used in the medicines available in the pharmacy

Medicines for health care

While it is always advisable to let the body heal itself there are many instances when a person is forced to take medicines or supplements. Often the diet of a person will not contain the required nutrients, and it is advisable to take supplements. Those targetted for organized stalking find it difficult to shop for fresh food and vegetables, and in this case, the supplements provide the missing nutrients. Though some pharmacies are stocking general items like mosquito repellants, chocolates, in general most supplements, medicines and health care items can be only found in a pharmacy

The number of pharmacies in an area depend to a large extent on the population of the area. Usually areas with a large number of senior citizens and young children will have more pharmacies because they are more likely to require medicines. The medicines available at the pharmacy depend on the nature of the ailment. For example, almost all pharmacies are stocking widely used medicines like crocin, paracetamol, combiflam, ointments like Soframycin. However it is relatively difficult to find a pharmacy stocking diabetes urine test strips, despite enquiring at many pharmacies no one had these urine test strips in stock.