The Irony of the “No-Result” Result in Herbal Medicine

no-result graphicAs herbal medicine progresses back to its former position of popularity there is an increasing inclination on the part of the media to do “herbal exposés” that tend to be deceptive, sensationalist, and sometimes irrational.

Fortunately, as you venture deeper into your study of the subject, you will be able to distinguish these hype pieces from informative journalism.

One that rears its ugly head every now and then is the myth that: “If a herb has the power to heal, then it can harm.” Technically, this is probably true as almost every natural healing system has an adage akin to “The dose makes the poison.”

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But as herbalist Robyn Landis (1997) explains, it’s important to recognize that this is true of all drugs and all foods as well as herbs. It is not especially true of herbs. To the contrary, herbs are much more difficult to misuse than drugs because of the synergy of all the ingredients they contain.

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Comments

  1. Melissa Danysh says:

    What I find ironic is that many of the pharmaceutical medicines prescribed by doctors are derived from the very plants and herbal medicines that are derided as “quackery”. Case in point- Digoxin (digitalis), which is prescribed for heart conditions, is derived from chemicals found in Foxglove, a plant that is largely considered toxic.

  2. Ettiene De Lange says:

    Good Morning.

    According to you where will the best institution to study Herbal Medicine with be?

    Regards

    Ettiene De Lange.

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