Sustainable Healthcare systems as a part of permaculture: herbal medicine for the future
85% of the global population still rely on herbal medicine as their primary form of medicine. This tends to be people living in the 'developing' non-industrialised nations where medicine from plants tend to be more reliable in their supply and local availability, safer because of less side-effects and known sources of manufacture. Cost of medicines is also a huge issue, and although traditional healers sometimes exploit local populations for remedies herbal remedies are still widely available in markets and are commonly used by families for first aid treatments. In contrast, as people in the industrialised nations search and move towards more natural remedies, the idea of herbal medicine as a viable long-term sustainable option for self-sufficient healthcare is still overlooked and ignored. Herbal medicine, as human's oldest form of medicine has the capacity to provide a key solution to self-sufficiency and planetary sustainability, though it needs much more recognition and acceptance as a rigorous form of medicine, and reintroduced to people's lives from a young age through education. In addition medicinal plants are the ideal permaculture example with multiple stacking functions and play an important part in any permaculture garden.