Scope and Context of the Issue

For millennia mankind has sought relief from pain by using medicines. Ancient texts refer to the use of many herbal remedies for pain. In the first century Emperor Claudius' personal physician recorded detailed instructions on the preparation of opium and Galen recommended the juice of the poppy for the relief of pain in older persons. Cannabis was a remedy with known pain relieving effects in use in Ancient China [ 1] , Persia, India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. The bark of the willow (from which aspirin is derived) was one of the many herbal remedies used by Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman physicians. In Hippocratic writings it was praised for combating the pains of childbirth and fever [1].

Chronic Pain: A Health Policy Perspective

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