Traditional Information About Herbal Medicine of Oral Activity

  • Khalid Rehman Hakeem
  • Waseem Mohammed Abdul
  • Mohd Muzzammil Hussain
  • Syed Shoeb Iqbal Razvi
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


The use of traditional medicine used to be one of the primary sources of treatment for various diseases around the world in the past. Although the usage was restricted to rural areas and low economy areas, the urban population has also begun to express their interest in the consumption of products manufactured from natural sources. The success of the traditional medicine depends on the expertise of the traditional healer. In the recent past, the use of herbal medicine and natural product-based drugs has stepped up with reports being published with their multiple benefits. Use of complementary medicine for overcoming the oral diseases is found to be successful based on its mode of application and usage on the patient. Among the traditional oral remedies, the most imperative remedy is “oil pulling technique” followed by use of some traditional medicinal plants. Oil pulling technique removes the toxins and bacteria by trapping them in the oil. Moreover, different parts of medicinal plants are used for treating the oral diseases at the primary levels. Olea europaea leaf decoction is used to combat mouth and gum diseases through gargling.


Traditional medicine Oil pulling Traditional healer Gum diseases Gandoosha Kavala graha Gargling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khalid Rehman Hakeem
    • 1
  • Waseem Mohammed Abdul
    • 1
  • Mohd Muzzammil Hussain
    • 2
  • Syed Shoeb Iqbal Razvi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.MNR Dental CollegeNTR Health UniversityVijayawadaIndia
  3. 3.Department of BiochemistryKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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