Are natural remedies always the best solution?

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Are natural remedies always the best solution?

Natural remedies, just like drugs, can be ineffective, interact negatively with other therapies, or cause serious side effects such as allergic reactions or liver damage.

There are those who believe that taking care of "natural" products is safe, effective and free of contraindications, while taking "synthetic" substances, such as drugs, would be dangerous to health.
The so-called natural remedies (or herbal remedies) are used in numerous situations, sometimes with success. Licorice, for example, is often used for heartburn, but it is not completely safe: 50 grams per day, for 2 weeks, are enough to cause dangerous irregular heartbeat. This is why the effects of herbal medicines should be examined with scientific studies and, if successful, they would be no different from drugs. If effective, in fact, they could even be prescribed by a doctor!
Does it make sense then to say that normal drugs are not natural? Insulin treats diabetes, but it flows naturally in the blood of healthy people. The antibiotic Penicillin is naturally present in the fungus Penicillium notatum. Digitalis, a cure for the heart, is obtained from a plant found in our woods. And will it be true that everything natural is good for you? The digitalis itself, beyond certain doses, is toxic. Arsenic, an element known for thousands of years, and the poisons produced by very natural fish, insects and snakes are also toxic.
In conclusion, therefore, natural remedies can also prove to be useless or harmful so it is essential to consult with your doctor before taking them.

1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Black licorice. Trick or treat?
2. EpiCentro (ISS). Phytosurveillance

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