Differences Between Conventional and Herbal Medicine

Conventional medicine is the usual term for modern Western medicine. It often relies on over the counter or prescription drugs in order to relieve symptoms.

Herbal medicine, as the name suggests, relies on herbs to relieve symptoms.

Many conventional medical practitioners look down on herbalism as myth or “old wives’ tales,” but the truth is that herbs and botanicals are the source of more than 70% of the drugs used in conventional medicine, with even more on the way in the drug development pipeline.

A history of herbalismhttps://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20909

Native American herbalism was also passed down orally. There is a growing appreciation of it as more research is conducted as to the effectiveness of various plants in treating illness.

Key differences

Conventional medicine usually treats the symptoms. Herbal medicine, on the other hand, is holistic, and looks at the whole patient. It also tends to try to prevent illness from happening in the first place.

Herbs can be used on their own, or with other treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, acupressure and more.

Herbalism is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This means it can be used in addition to conventional medicine, or as an alternative.

Herbalism tends to be cheaper than many prescription drugs. In some cases, it might be even more effective. A good example would be natural antibiotics such as oregano, garlic, or turmeric kill harmful bacteria while preserving one’s healthy bacteria in the gut. They can even kill off conventional antibiotic-resistant superbugs like MRSA.

They can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol safely with fewer risks of side effects.

A lot of conventional medical practitioners claim herbalism is “unproven,” but this is not the case. Many have been researched systematically, and at least 70% of all drugs come from natural botanicals. They also tend to have fewer side effects in their natural form.

Herbs are easy to use and generally safe. Use a good database such as:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-TURMERIC.aspx?activeIngredientId=662&activeIngredientName=TURMERIC&source=0 to look up uses, side effects and doses, and see how herbalism can help you feel your best.