Does Natural Work?
The question we Hear most often is, “Do Natural products work?”
Yes they do work and just as well as pharmaceutical products.
Prior to chemical imitations, we healed ourselves naturally and effectively through the consumption, inhalation, and application of plants and herbs. There was never any doubt as to the effectiveness of white willow tree bark (natural salicyclic acid). If it wasn't effective, the chemical and pharmaceutical company, Bayer, wouldn't have gone to such great lengths to synthesize, patent, and mass produce it. By 1899, just two years after its invention, aspirin (the active ingredient is synthetic salicyclic acid) was the top selling remedy in the world.
As a matter of fact, over 20% of medicinal drugs in the U.S. are synthesized from plants. Synthesizing the beneficial properties of plants and herbs is just that - synthetic. Cheap to produce, chemical imitations of the properties that plants and herbs naturally produce.
But when you think about it, instead of using the cheap, chemical imitation - wouldn't you rather use the pure, unadulterated version produced by nature?
How can Plants Help Humans?
Why Is There So Little Evidence About CAM (Complementary And Alternative Medicine)?
Why are some doctors hesitant about CAM?
One thing to keep in mind is not every product (pharmaceutical or natural) works for everyone as our bodies our unique and metabolize things differently. At Botanical Therapy, we would never recommend that you forgo consultation or treatment from your physician.
Where Can I Find More Information on Natural Products?
For additional information about natural products and aromatherapy please check out the following links:
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- National Center for Biotechnology Information - A Natural History of Botanical Therapeutics
- Mayo Clinic - What Are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?
- National Cancer Institute - Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
- WebMD - Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - Topic Overview
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy - Aromatherapy Safety Information
- Consumer Health. (2014, October 18). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/alternative-medicine/art-20045267
- Metabolism. (2008, July); 57(7 Suppl 1): S3–S9. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2981029/