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Choosing Between Natural Herbal Medicine and Synthetic Pharmaceuticals

K. C. Compton discusses the choices to make between natural herbal medicine and synthetic pharmaceuticals.

| April/May 2003

  • The choice between natural herbal medicine and synthetic pharmaceuticals.
    The choice between natural herbal medicine and synthetic pharmaceuticals.
  • Synthetic pharmaceuticals in pill form.
    Synthetic pharmaceuticals in pill form.

  • The choice between natural herbal medicine and synthetic pharmaceuticals.
  • Synthetic pharmaceuticals in pill form.

How to choose between natural herbal medicine and synthetic pharmaceuticals.

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People who pay attention to print and broadcast ads probably are convinced that a prescription drug exists to cure any ill — even illnesses they didn't realize they had. The same consumer might conclude that herbal medicines are worthless — or dangerous, in fact, if the knitted brow of the television news anchor is any indication. "A new study reveals St. John's wort no more effective than a placebo in treating depression . . . "

Most news anchors missed the revelation in that same study that the prescription drug Zoloft also was no more effective than a placebo. They didn't follow up the story to discover that the study itself is now on trial, its protocol questioned even by one of the leading scientists who helped initiate it.

Much larger concerns about pharmaceutical medicines growl and huff outside the studio door, but few members of the mainstream media seen able to tear themselves away from the party line (pharmaceutical drugs good, herbs weird) long enough to investigate the differences between natural herbal medicine and synthetic pharmaceuticals.

The issue isn't whether the best choice is synthetic pharmaceuticals or natural herbs — the answer to that question is as individual as the compounds and the illnesses being considered. The issue is why the American public can't get its hands on enough well researched, unbiased information to even make informed choices.

8/19/2014 10:24:15 AM

Your body is so precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Nice article by the way! Allow me to add additionnal information!!

1/13/2014 12:07:59 PM

The synthetic pharmaceuticals do not do a great job on our hairs. Their job is to refine the shape of hair, but they only make them fine for a while. When the water washes them away, no signs of hair beauty are left. Thus, that may look perfect in the start, would cause a great damage during the days to come. Comparatively, herbs may not show immediate results, but they certainly work on hair to improve their look.

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