The World Drug Trade is more straight forward than the FDA. You know what our drugs will do to you. Got a good dealer? Well, ask him/her about the side effects associated with your little sack...Self-medicating? Try home remedies, or deal with the “effects” of common prescription drugs. Check it out...
I am not quite sure what point you are trying to make. Of course all drugs have side-effects. And that includes herbs and natural drugs.
Homemade, homegrown...better...or at least they should be if the government would let the Trade regulate their products and perfect their manufacturing according to regulation. It’s pharmaceuticals either way.
I am at a total loss trying to understand how a home grown drug will have fewer side affects, given that it is as effective at curing an ill as one grown in a lab.
No real quality control, little contaminant control, little dosage control etc. cannot produce fewer side effects.
Indeed. It depends entirely on the nature and potency of the ingredient.
The first laws of pharmacy are:
all drugs have dose dependent effects
all drugs have multiple effects
all drugs have side effects
Anyone giving you a substance meant to have a significant effect on the body, who suggests it has no side effects, is not a person to be trusted.
Less processed drugs can have better profiles, or worse ones, depending on the exactly ingredients.
Wilderness, how are you? When I hear you say side effects of natural herbs (they are not drugs), what do you consider their side effects?
I thought natural 'Self Medicating' was just made completely legal in Washington state???
These anti-obiotics do more harm than good. Natural is the way to go.
Herbs that have pharmacological effects in the body, which they need to do have in order to be effective, will have side effects in the same way as a synthetic pharmaceutical compound.
These will vary depending on where the herb acts in body. They may include the usual gastrointestinal problems, neurological effects and others.
Herbal remedies can also interact with each other and with synthetic pharmaceuticals to cause additional side effects. I have written a hub on the interactions between some of the most popular herbal remedies and conventional medicines.
WriteAngled, How are you? To begin, I read your hub and found it very informative. But it did not address my question. I asked for side effects of herbs, not interaction between pharms and herbs. There can be negative reactions between different pharms. There can be negative reactions between different herbs. There can be negative reactions between your diet and pharms. The first question a herbalist should ask? "Are you taking any medication or other herbs"? Herbs and drugs are not the same. Herbs are plant foods. Drugs are man made and have side effects. Herbs were made by our Creator (nature for the non believer) and have only intended effects. Herbs were here a long time before there were people calling themselves doctors. Herbs contain governing and regulating mechanism to control their actions. Drugs do not. In this country and in other very civilized areas there is a strange relationship between herbalist and medicine. People in these two different groups do not get along in most cases (I have developed over the years, very strong relationships with medical professionals), this is very unfortune. If it is true that doctors and herbalists truly want to see their patients or clients get well then why not use anything and everything within their grasp to do so? At the present the group representing chemical drug medicines want to put herbalists and herbs out of business or at least discredit their past. They have great power, money and influence (Pasteur?). The more effective an herb is, the more likely you are to see and hear terrible things written and said about it in newspapers, magazines, on the internetnews and information sources on computers and of course TV and radio. Keep in mind some of these herbs being sp bitterly attacked have been in recorded use for thousands of years. Even before the oil sludge selling medicine person. Herbs and also natural vitamins are said to be dangerous and have side effects like drugs. They aren't and don't. There was an evening newscast some years back that proclaimed "scientific studies" show that Vit C and E cause terrible diseases. This sort of misinforms people. E and C are vital to health. Many so called herb books are now written by pharmacists and chemists. They list much confusion, scary and terrifying side effects of herbs. Don't be fooled, these people do not practice with herbs nor do they take them, but yet they want you to believe they are the experts. The experts on herbs are the ones who use herbs. BTW, if you do find a herb or natural vitamin that does not agree with your body type, leave it alone. there are plenty of other herb foods and vitamin food sources you can use. These people who wish to scare you about herbs do have mountains of money, power and influence on their side, but there is one thing they don't have on their side. They don't have something called THE TRUTH. Not at you WriteAngle, but while I'm here, there is definitely dosage, quality and contamination control. Hopefully we can continue this discussion. There is much information to be shared.
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