January 12, 2013
From ancient time, people have recognized the healing properties of plants. In the modern era, this knowledge has aided scientists. Their understanding of the chemical makeup of plants has helped them to recognize scientifically why particular plants have the healing properties they do.
Using this chemical knowledge, scientists have been able to isolate and create synthetic medicines which replicate those chemical components. But, this synthetic copying of nature has had serious repercussions. These synthetic drugs are very often themselves responsible for dangerous side effects. Because they are used primarily to address symptoms rather than the root causes of ailments, they are unable to cure or solve health problems.
The reason that synthetic drugs which copy plant compounds have side effects and are often dangerous is because the drug is made by isolating and then synthesizing a single chemical compound. In nature, a plant has a highly complex chemical structure—so complex that it cannot be duplicated in the laboratory.