3 myths about natural medicine you need to know
There’s a growing trend across the world for consumers to take a more proactive approach to their own health. We’re in the midst of a self-care revolution as people return to the natural medicinal products and practices that once were trusted by their mothers and grandmothers. But where do natural complementary medicines sit in relation to typical Western medicines in the 21st century? With so much information available, it can be hard to know what to believe and whom to trust.
Combining the wisdom of generations with modern medicine
Trusting your family recipes for healthy living is one thing. Determining the best outcome for your health with so much competing information can feel like an impossible undertaking. How do you integrate a traditional, natural medicine into a Western healthcare system? The team at Netura believes quality, evidence-based natural medicine is a key addition for a well-balanced healthcare system. The answer boils down to what is fit for purpose.
Let’s look at some of the myths surrounding natural, complementary medicine to help you better identify a quality product:
- Natural means safe – This is not true and you should not blindly believe such marketing claims. Just consider how many poisons are completely natural. Hemlock and arsenic are natural but can also be deadly. Not many people would volunteer to take arsenic, even if it is 100% natural. However, what is true is that for milder conditions or supporting chronic disease management the natural route provides opportunities to use multiple natural active ingredients at a low concentration and thus minimise the potential for side effects.
- Natural medicine is the antitheses to pharmaceuticals – This is not correct. Natural complementary medicine can go hand in hand with pharmaceutical treatments, as long as you notify your doctor. It’s interesting to note that 80% of pharmaceutical ingredients originated in nature. The two approaches are more aligned than you might realise – they just serve different purposes. The key for our health is understanding when to use a registered drug and when to use complementary medicines.
- Alternative medicine industry is unregulated – Again, this is untrue. Any product making a marketing claim of health benefits must go through a regulatory process. It is true that natural complementary medicine has fewer regulatory hurdles because it is intended for use in milder conditions. The sheer cost of developing a pharmaceutical drug in order to claim the treatment of critical health conditions (currently at more than US$2.5 billion), would not be appropriate for natural remedies.
Taking ownership of your health can be confusing. Consumers are faced with myriad choices when it comes to healthcare products. There’s a big difference between purchasing an active ingredient and finding the right solution that may work on its own or in concert with medicines prescribed by your doctor. A new generation of companies, like Netura, are using modern scientific discipline and “quality by design” approaches to deliver naturally-sourced complementary medicines.
Dig Deeper: Read 10 basic questions to ask before purchasing natural medicines
How Netura ensures consumers receive high-quality products
If you have questions about any Netura product – or need advice about how to treat a difficult problem – please contact us. Our team of specialists would love to understand what you are looking for and this might mean that a new product is created to provide a solution that fits your needs.