For thousands of years, human beings relied primarily on herbs for healing. Many people today may feel that modern pharmaceutical medicine is a step forward from relying on herbs.
So, is herbal medicine just a primitive substitute for modern pharmaceutical medicine, or are there benefits herbs offer us that drugs can’t? The answer is YES!
For starters, it has been estimated that at least 50% of modern pharmaceutical drugs are based on compounds originally derived from herbs. Isolating these chemicals from herbs and modifying them is done for the purpose of patents and profits, and not because the chemical versions have been shown to work better or be safer.
The cost of these pharmaceuticals can be staggering, especially for people on a limited budget, while the cost for herbal medicines is far less. And, many people feel that herbs actually work better when it comes to restoring health.
Dr. Nicola Williams states in her research of 'Herbals Versus Synthetic Medicine' that "It is generally accepted that modern pharmaceutical medicines are inaccessible to much of the world’s populace. There are also many problems with these drugs such as toxicities and the challenges of antibiotic resistance. In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization (WHO) Alma Ata declaration called for “health for all” to be achieved through a New International Economic Order. To achieve this, it’s necessary to increase our knowledge of herbal medicines, which are underutilized and have not been effectively studied scientifically."
While drugs provide rapid symptomatic relief, they generally don’t restore a person to health. But more and more people are discovering that complex mixture of nutrients and phytochemicals in herbs (which are living things like us) are better at actually returning the body to a state of health.
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