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Herbal Remedies VS Pharmaceutical Drugs

Updated on November 16, 2014
Chamomile Flower
Chamomile Flower

Medicinal Herbs VS Pharmaceutical Drugs

Traditional herbal medicine has been around for centuries. The naturally occurring plant derived substances have little or no industrial processing. Compared to manufactured pharmaceutical medicines. that destroy the land, the environment and there is also some research, that pharmaceutical medicines may be linked to spike in children born with autism. So this suggests to me, that some pharmaceutical drugs are doing more harm than good and effecting humans’ right down to their DNA.

Medicinal Herbs have been more widely used in other countries such as Europe, Africa and China. However, increasing demand in the USA is leading to much debate on legislation, funding for research and investments. Although I am thrilled that the USA is recognizing the increasing demand, I also know that this great country of ours is motivated by money. We want things fast, factual and we want it NOW! Clinical trials take time and money. Investors are mainly not doctors, medicine practitioners or other acknowledged experts in the field. They are corporations with money that want to make more money. It has been said that many pharmaceutical companies have come under scrutiny in recent years because of marketing practices and priorities including pressure for favorable results.

Medicinal herbs, as with nature itself, are not cut and dry. Dosing and side effects are not clearly defined enough yet for a global market, to be worth it for some investors. Too little of a particular herb may do minimal or no healing, where as too much of a particular herb or combination of herbs and pharmaceuticals the individual is already taking can do harm. So reaching a mass market presents many FDA obstacles.

This is why on all organic or wild harvested herbal distributor sites you will always see the byline: Statements not evaluated by the FDA, nor intended for medical advice.

Luckily, we are a land of free thinkers and tradition. Recipes have been taught through generations and documented; the internet provides more awareness so we can make educated decisions. I could go on all day about pharmaceutical manufacturing companies verse natural medicinal herbs regarding our health, the environment, our children… but I won’t. I want people to wake up and be more aware of what they are putting into their bodies and their DNA!

I mean, do people really watch those commercials that tell you about a supposedly “new” drug for the endless things people complain about and then run to their doctor for a prescription? When they list the side effects that can be caused by their “new drug”, a little ache in my joints from time to time or my eyelashes are a little skimpy, seems small beans, compared to blood in stool, cardiac arrest, etc…

I’m not suggesting that all manufactured pharmaceuticals are toxic and there is a definite need for some pharmaceutical drugs. However, the mass production of pharmaceutical drugs are polluting the earth’s oceans, streams and rivers.

Remember that plants have a balance, as does everything in nature. Many pharmaceutical drugs are using one extract of the herb. In doing this the “natural balance” that the whole plant contained is not in place. This is why people bloat, have constipation, etc.


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