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Herbs are not drugs, they are nutrients. People often confuse the two, because many drugs are derived from plants. The difference, however, is that they?ve been changed. When parts of a plant are extracted for drugs, it is not a whole plant anymore; but something that?s been made by man. Drugs are synthetic. Plants are made by God. When you extract substances from plants, mix them with chemicals, and heavily process them, it is then that they become drugs. When they are used as whole foods, herbs nourish the body so that the body can heal and stay well. Herbs provide nutritional support so that the body can heal itself.
The following table compares the characteristics of drugs to those of nutrients, as written by David Rowland, NMD, PhD, RNC:
Those who attempt to use nutrients as drugs will likely be disappointed ? and, of course, there is no way that a drug can truly substitute for the lack of an essential nutrient. Their very natures and the roles that they play are entirely different.
Drugs have their place. Drugs are excellent tools when immediate or drastic action is needed, as prescribed by a physician, of course. As mentioned above, drugs have a much quicker effect. Healing takes time.
If drugs are used, it is good to follow with the herbs. Herbs can help to reduce the damage from side effects, and to provide nutritional support to the body so that it can more quickly and easily heal.
Mary Jo Eshelman, ND, CTN, CNHP
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