Are Natural Remedies safer and better than prescription medicines and do they ac

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  1. WordMan21 profile image66
    WordMan21posted 10 years ago

    Are Natural Remedies safer and better than prescription medicines and do they actually work ?

  2. ChristinS profile image40
    ChristinSposted 10 years ago

    In many cases, they are in fact better than prescription medications, but not always.  You have to know what you are doing, the products and techniques you are using etc.  Many people hear "herbs" or "natural" and they assume that means they can't be harmful.  Many herbs are very potent and can be toxic without proper knowledge of their use. 

    Holistic/Natural medicine has been around much, much longer than modern "medicine" and yes, it does work, but most people who use natural medicine understand there is no "magic pill" for health conditions. 

    Western medicine tends to chase symptoms without addressing the underlying cause.  For example, you go to the doctor and say I get migraines, he writes you a prescription and maybe gives you generic advice about managing stress etc. 

    You go to a naturopath and they ask you about your diet, daily habits, your stress levels, and give you not only ideas for herbal remedies or alternative healing (accupuncture for example) but they also work with you to find the trigger and eliminate it from your life.  In this way, natural medicine is and always will be superior.  It is about treating the whole person and weeding out the root of the problem - not just chasing symptoms.

  3. thumbi7 profile image61
    thumbi7posted 10 years ago

    We cannot always say that natural remedies are better. Some of the natural remedies(for example herbs) may very useful. But the problem is that they are not standardized like  prescription drugs as to how much to take, how long to take, what are the expected effects and what are the side effects.
    It can result in over usage or under usage or some unwanted side effects

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      Larry Wallposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Your answer is excellent because you are right, we have no way of know how much of some item is good for you. A doctor once suggested I try pills that had the same ingredients as warm milk. I did not. Many people developed pancreas problems.

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    There is a huge misconception about things termed "natural."  Nightshade is natural, oleander plants are natural, and so on and they will kill you if ingested, or nearly so. So because it is "natural" doesn't make it safe or effective.

    I do believe that natural remedies can be effective but like any medicine natural or otherwise, one has to be very very careful and do research.

  5. Borsia profile image39
    Borsiaposted 10 years ago

    "Natural" remedies are for the most part untested and unproven. They are classified differently than prescription drugs and don't have to be safe, or effective to be marketed. There are some that work and many that don't but they are all successful in reducing your wallet's weight.
    As others have pointed out cyanide, arsenic, and even ricin are natural as is mercury, lead and uranium. It really doesn't mean a thing as to whether something is good or bad.
    Try them if you like but do it objectively and if they don't work switch to more proven medicines, most of which are simply refined from natural origins.

    1. naturman profile image60
      naturmanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Some natural remedies work, some work on people better than others, ask your pharmasist, or a natural remedy expert.

  6. DDE profile image47
    DDEposted 10 years ago

    I   think  natural remedies are better than prescription drugs  this is only if you know more about the product. There are side effects on all drugs and also natural remedies if you  are able to cope with the consequences then try it and if not sure you always find out more or do your thorough research.


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