Traditional medicine refers to the alternative or indigenous medicine that is developed based on the beliefs and experiences of a certain native or culture, as opposed to medicines that are tested and developed through scientific research. As a result traditional medicine is ineffective in some cases.
Due to the lack of studies regarding traditional medicines, the patient sometimes put himself at risk of overdosing because dosage instructions are based on speculation, reports HealthGuidance. The herbs in the medicine often have their own side effects and sometimes negatively interact with other herbs and medications, according to EverydayHealth. Traditional medicine mishaps lead to problems as simple as allergic reaction and as serious as death.