Yeah, but, do herbs really work?
Believing in herbalism, faith in 3500 years of history aside, doesn’t require an extension of belief beyond that in the science of chemistry. Plants are indeed much much more than packets of chemicals, but they are also, packets of chemicals. These phytochemicals, as they’re known have an effect on our physiology.
This science called phytochemistry is confirming and adding to what history and clinical experience have taught us, resulting in a body of therapeutic understanding of herbalism that is possibly the most extensive in all of history.
Of course, this is a threatening sentiment, to think that you can be empowered to improve your health by going to your backyard weed path, rather than by running to your pill cabinet.
So unsurprisingly herbalism has been propagandized against by the political-economic forces that control the dominant media. The narrative regarding herbalism is generally of two antithetical poles; that either herbs are not effective, or they aren’t safe. These two ideas contradict each other because either herbs are ineffectual, meaning that they don’t have an effect (Ignores their reliance on coffee, aspirin, cannabis or nicotine) OR they have an effect that sometimes can be unsafe. If they have an effect that isn’t safe, then it’s reasonable to consider that if properly applied means they’d have an effect that is safe. Thinking again about the effects of coffee, cannabis, opiates, aspirin and the roughly 40-60% of pharmaceuticals derived from plants, is a simple proof as well.
So, do herbs work? What do you think?
Plants give us more than just the sum of their constituents.