Herbal and Synthetic Drugs: A Comparison

Joel Albers Pharmacist, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Prior to the U.S. Civil War, native healers, midwives, herbalists and witches – mostly women – were the primary caregivers. By 1865, the discipline of scientific medicine was imported from Europe, particularly from Germany. The germ theory of disease, specific disease etiology (cause), and the …

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Proper Herbal Self-Medication

Naomi E. Jackson Village herbalists like my great-grandfather not only knew what herbs were good for which ailment, they knew about dosages, interactions and side effects as well. Today, few people are trained in the use of herbs, but the demand for and use of herbal remedies may far surpass …

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