Natural remedies are back with science's backing

The move towards the use of food as medicine as well as the use of natural sources close to nature as remedies is gaining momentum, especially in places where dependency on man-made drugs used to be status-quo.  No longer will you be stared at or faced with gaping mouths when you said coconut oil relieved you of your 'spare tyre'. View this link to understand an example of the extent of the growing interest in natural remedies.

The ebb and flow of natural remedies saw a sorry state of affairs through the years.  Many investors are only interested in laboratory chemicals, vaccines, and what-nots.  But now things seems to be changing.  Perhaps, there is increased awareness that there is tremendous opportunities for money to be made and also because some funders and investors are thinking out of the box.  Or could it be that conventional medicine are observably impotent to the increasing recalcitrant trend of chronic diseases.  The comeback of natural remedies is now backed by science.
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Why should the use of food as medicine be sneered at or using natural sources as remedies be thought of as primitive?  It is probably the medical media which have been doing a good job through the years to brainwash minds, young and old, into thinking that pharmacies is where you get your supply of panacea for every ill, and anything outside of the pharmacies is mumbo-jumbo.  

Natural medicine is vital when it comes to providing palliative health care to help alleviate the debilitating side-effects of say chemotherapy, radiation, or strong drugs.  Health care definitely cannot be totally dependent on or become monopolised by one stream of medicine alone.   There has to be a holistic approach from various disciplines such a natural remedies, traditional medicine, and even therapies associated with facilitating the mind to aid the sufferer in the healing process.

The popularity of natural remedies has often been beaten down by commercialisation creeping in on health care.  Of course commercialization in the area of health goes hand-in-hand with patents, standards, copyrights, not to mention the failings and downsides of capitalism and commercialization. In countries where interests in natural remedies is growing, watchdogs among the mainstream medical industry is sounding the alarm, no less pinpointing the worldwide web as playing one of the supporting roles for this trend.  

Examples of people suffering adverse effects of home self-treatments or using  medical advice from the internet to treat diseases is often used in a soft approach to discourage people from believing 'internet medicine'. Though this is good advice, it still does not prevent people from surfing the internet to obtain third party opinions on what doctors are prescribing as the solution to illnesses.  In as much as mainstream medical care wishes to provide the best advice and care to patients, it is still back to basics of the right of the patients to seek third party opinions on what they are paying for.

The economic meltdown which is impacting every part of the world, not to mention the ever-rising cost of living, could be one of the prime movers of this trend.  More and more people are re-thinking where to turn to in cases where some common-sense home remedy is better off than getting relieved, not of illness, but of money in the usual centers of medical health care.

The convenience mindset still have sort of a firm grip when it comes to using phyto-sources as medicine: You can buy off-the-shelf mangosteen pericarp extracts, grapeseed extracts, citronella essences, etc.  However, don't forget that a cup of freshly pressed or juiced raw phyto-greens is still the fundamental goodness nothing can replace. Those supplements on the shelves of health food stores are just the add-ons and secondary sources for your needs.

However, a word of caution to those who wish to try natural remedies or home remedies:  The standard advice is "when symptoms persist, please consult a doctor".  There are lots of other cautions and alerts and basically these are meant to save people from making the wrong conclusions in trying to diagnose the symptoms.of a disease.  Still, the best method is preventative health, which means you get informed of the various diseases beforehand by learning, reading and surfing websites with good repute in medical advice.  Start now.  Get informed.

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