It is certainly true that natural remedies are “the first medicines.” Before the advent of modern sciences like cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, and more, all cures and forms of relief were sought from the best place to find them –- from within the realm of Mother Nature itself.
Natural remedies employing herbs, minerals, plant substances, oils of other substances of uncounted variety can be traced to the beginning of civilization. Ancient high civilizations, such as pharaonic Egypt, dynastic China, deep African tribal cultures, and many more have natural remedy traditions so old that pinpointing their origins is lost to the mists of time.
Natural Remedies Today
There is a reason that natural remedies remain more popular today than at any time in history. The bottom line is – they are effective. Natural remedies can treat everything from a common cold and headache pain to nausea, insomnia, depression, stomach problems, and much more.
The fact that natural remedies have remained popular among millions of people in this era of modern medical “miracles” produced by advanced science is a testament to the value traditional medicine still delivers.
What You Should Know About Natural Remedies
Even so, there are important facts about natural remedies that everyone should be aware of and keep in mind. Here are 5 key factors.
1. Side Effects
When searching online, many natural remedy dealers make flat-out statements that all natural remedies are perfectly free from side effects of any kind because “they are all natural.”
This is not always true, however. While it is certainly the case that natural substances have way, way fewer side effects than just about all prescription drugs, many can have adverse side effects. A good example is ephedra, a naturally occurring herb from which the stimulant ephedrine is derived.
True, the synthetic version of ephedrine is far more dangerous than the natural ephedra herb, but this plant is a stimulant and should be treated with caution. That’s just one example of a natural remedy with potential side effects. Thus, always use forethought and common sense – and do some homework – about any natural remedy being considered.
Another note of caution is that natural remedies sometimes do not pair well with prescription medicines. That means it’s always a good idea to double-check with a doctor to ensure that natural herbal or other supplements you decide to take have no adverse interactions with prescription medications.
3. Best for Weight Loss?
There is a good case to be made that natural remedies are the best weight loss option on the market. Synthetic weight loss pills are a huge multi-billion industry within the pharmaceutical sector, but an excessive number of these pills have proven to have dangerous side effects.
Seeking weight loss help from natural remedies is not only safer but likely more effective. There are many well-known natural weight loss agents. Just a few are garcinia cambogia, conjugated linoleic acid, protein shakes, detox remedies, including teas, and even sleep-aid herbs that enable a well-rested body to lose weight easier.
4. Not All Natural Herbs are Organic
One of the great ironies among natural remedy dealers is that not all herbal supplements are organic. That’s right! Products sold as “natural” are often produced on modern farms that use all manner of herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. So, remember that “natural” is not always defined or regulated as those products that are grown organically.
Furthermore, the concept of “organic certification” can be tricky. For example, some dealers insist on harvesting only plants from the wild. These are not certified organic, yet many professionals in the trade believe that wild-harvested herbal products are the only true organic substances. Again, the key is to take some time to do the homework and research the products under consideration.
5. Less is More
Downing huge amounts of vitamins – mega-dosing – became popular in the 1970s when certain celebrities and athletes, such as the tennis star Bobby Riggs, credited massive daily doses of multivitamins for the longevity of his career.
But this is certainly not true and may be dangerous. Whatever the natural remedy or herbal supplement, take no more than what the manufacturer recommends. Even if it’s not dangerous, mega-dosing herb supplements, vitamins or anything else is probably just a waste of money.
Good Health is Common Sense
Herbal and natural remedies have stood the test of centuries because they work. But they have also been used to the best effect when done knowledgeably and under the guidance of experts. Deep traditions, such as Ayurveda and Chinese herbology, have developed protocols of guidance designed to bring maximum benefit to each user. You can find the same level of guidance in many venues – modern and ancient – today to get the best result from a natural remedy.