Call us “conspiracy theorists” if you’d like, but there is a reason pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know about alternative herbal medicine.
Herbalism has been around for centuries, and herbs used for treatment for disease is nothing new. In fact, many people believe using herbs to treat disease is better than their pharmaceutical counterparts. Studies show that not only do herbs usually offer the same “power” as medicines, they have far less side effects.
The cost of pharmaceuticals compared to herbs and herbal tinctures is simply no comparison. The pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars every year by basically isolating an herb or plant, synthesizing it, then marketing and selling it to the doctors, who then sell it to their patients at an enormous markup.
It is believed that if the majority of people switched to herbal and natural treatment for their diseases and ailments, 90% of doctors and drug companies would be out of business. This is not to say that doctors are bad— there are many good doctors and they will always be necessary. If I have an accident and I’m losing blood fast, please don’t take me to an herbalist!
But herbs are Divine medicine, and they should have a place in our homes. It seems the West is beginning to realize that there are amazing alternative treatments for illnesses besides drugs. The drug companies and most doctors will continue to push synthetic, high-markup drugs onto the public, but it seems the truth always surfaces to the top, and, hopefully— the mainstream, also known as ‘sheeple’, will be awake enough to notice it.
Take time to read this article below for another person’s take on herbalism vs. drugs. We’d love to hear your opinions about this!
Herbs or medicinal plants have a long history in treating disease. In traditional Chinese medicine, for example, the written history of herbal medicine goes back over 2000 years and herbalists in the West have used “weeds” equally long to treat that which ails us. We are all familiar with the virtues of Garlic, Chamomile, Peppermint, Lavender, and other common herbs.
Interest in medicinal herbs is on the rise again and the interest is primarily from the pharmaceutical industry, which is always looking for ‘new drugs’ and more effective substances to treat diseases, for which there may be no or very few drugs available.
Considering the very long traditional use of herbal medicines and the large body of evidence of their effectiveness, why is it that we are not generally encouraged to use traditional herbal medicine, instead of synthetic, incomplete copies of herbs, called drugs, considering the millions of dollars being spent looking for these seemingly elusive substances?
Herbs are considered treasures when it comes to ancient cultures and herbalists, and many so-called weeds are worth their weight in gold. Dandelion, Comfrey, Digitalis (Foxglove), the Poppy, Milk Thistle, Stinging nettle, and many others, have well-researched and established medicinal qualities that have few, if any, rivals in the pharmaceutical industry. Many of them, in fact, form the bases of pharmaceutical drugs.
….Aspirin is a classic case in point. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in Aspirin tablets, and was first isolated from the bark of the White Willow tree. It is a relatively simple compound to make synthetically, however, Aspirin is known for its ability to cause stomach irritation and in some cases ulceration of the stomach wall.
The herbal extract from the bark of the White Willow tree generally does not cause stomach irritation due to other, so called ‘non-active ingredients’ contained in the bark, which function to protect the lining of the stomach thereby preventing ulceration of the stomach wall.
Ask yourself, which would I choose: Side effects, or no side effects? It’s a very simple answer. Isn’t it?
So why then are herbal medicines not used more commonly and why do we have pharmaceutical impostors stuffed down our throats? The answer is, that there’s little or no money in herbs for the pharmaceutical companies. They, the herbs, have already been invented, they grow easily, they multiply readily and for the most part, they’re freely available.
Furthermore, correctly prescribed and formulated herbal compounds generally resolve the health problem of the patient over a period of time, leaving no requirement to keep taking the preparation – that means no repeat sales. No ongoing prescriptions, no ongoing problem.
Pharmaceuticals on the other hand primarily aim to relieve symptoms – that means: ongoing consultations, ongoing sales, ongoing health problems. Which do you think is a more profitable proposition?
The daily news is full of ‘discoveries’ of herbs found to be a possible cure of this or that, as in the example of Dandelion and its possible anti-cancer properties. The point is that these herbs need to be investigated in the correct way. They are not just ‘an active ingredient’. They mostly have hundreds of ingredients and taking one or two in isolation is not what makes medicinal plants work. In addition, rarely are herbal extracts prescribed by herbalists as singles (a preparation which utilizes only one herb). Usually herbalists mix a variety of medicinal plants to make a mixture, which addresses more than just the major symptoms.
In Chinese medicine, for example, there is a strict order of hierarchy in any herbal prescription, which requires considerable depth of knowledge and experience on the physician’s part.
Knowing that medicinal plants are so effective, that these plants potentially hold the key to many diseases, are inexpensive and have proven their worth time and time again over millennia, why is it that herbal medicine is still not in the forefront of medical treatments, and is considered by many orthodox, medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies as hocus-pocus, hmmm? – Danny Siegenthaler
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