Natural Remedies in the Modern World
We live in a beautiful time. Modern medicine is so advanced. We can literally SEE INSIDE of the human body with advanced technology like MRI's and X-rays. We can isolate a person's DNA from saliva. And then we can use that genetic code to understand how a body functions at a sub-cellular level. We have pharmaceuticals that target specific cells to deliver specific treatment. We have over-the-counter medications for common illnesses that have very few side effects. With the rapidly improving world of medicine, we still also have a bountiful world of plant medicines and remedies to rely on, and researchers are working to understand the mechanisms of plant medicine. I'm really curious to get to the ROOT (pun intended) of natural medicine, let's begin!
Let's back up a moment to address the question: what ARE natural remedies? Natural remedies are healing methods derived from nature. Think herbs, vitamins, homeopathy, and alternative therapies. Unlike modern medications, which are often (but not always) synthetic, natural remedies are generally rooted in organic compounds. Let's take a look at a few herbs that have been well-researched.
Echinacea, for example, is a popular herbal supplement used to combat cold symptoms. A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found that Echinacea can reduce the risk of recurring colds by 35%1. Impressive, isn't it?
But what about headaches? Feverfew, a medicinal plant, has been used for centuries to treat migraines. According to the American Migraine Foundation, Feverfew can reduce the frequency of migraine attacks2. So, next time you're nursing a pounding head, perhaps Feverfew could come to your rescue!
The NIH recognizes tumeric in its traditional uses as consistent and effective against various ailments, including ulcers, inflammation, and even epilepsy4.
And let's not forget about our FAVORITE herb, Elderberry! Elderberry has historically been used to help treat cold and flu symptoms. Research suggests supplementing with elderberry at the onset of symptoms can help to reduce severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms3.
There is always a flip side! Not every medicine is right for every person. And while these herbal studies and historical use paint a promising picture, it's essential to remember that natural remedies aren't always a one-size-fits-all solution. Some people may experience side effects or allergic reactions. And in some cases, the evidence supporting their effectiveness is limited.
If you are receiving medications or treatments, herbal remedies may help or harm the efficacy of your treatments. It's important to find a healthcare provider who can help you navigate the addition of certain natural remedies to your routine.
So, what's the verdict? While natural remedies can certainly offer relief for various ailments, it's crucial to approach them with a balanced perspective. We always suggest talking with a trusted healthcare provider before incorporating supplements or natural remedies into your wellness routine.
At Seattle Elderberry, we formulate and produce our products in a manner to where they are safe for most people. We use exceptional ingredients and simple (yet potent) recipes for maximum effectiveness. Most people tolerate elderberry very well, which has led to a rapid increase in popularity of elderberry products over the last 5-10 years. We're thrilled to have served over 1 million doses of elderberry syrup to our customers in the last 6 years! We love being a part of your balanced wellness routine, thank you for your continued trust and support!