Medicinal plants (and fungi) have been utilized as the basis for developing 70% of pharmaceutical compounds, including many you would recognize by name like amoxicillin. These modern derivative drugs, in use for less than 200 years, have profound physiological effects, both positive and negative.
Herbs can have a few advantages:
Medicinal plants have documented usage for over 2000 years in ancient Greece and Rome, and over 5000 years in China. That means we have a body of historical and scientific knowledge that far exceeds the FDA requirements for studies of efficacy and adverse reactions!
Pharmaceuticals are required to be a single isolated compound, while herbs contain a combination of therapeutic compounds, meaning herbs can have a broader and more balanced effect in the body with reduced risk for side effects.
Herbs may be utilized as the primary therapy in some cases, or can be used as an adjunctive therapy to boost efficacy of conventional treatments and support the body's healing ability.
In certain conditions, such as kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, and some cancers, Chinese herbs are far superior to pharmaceuticals in their efficacy.
Medicinal mushrooms, too, have been powerful tools for healing, with modern research now confirming their immune-system supportive properties. Coriolus versicolor, also known as Turkey Tail, has been found to be at least as effective as chemotherapy against some tumor types, for example.
Our doctors regularly prescribe a 100% USA-sourced mushroom blend as part of anti-cancer and immune system treatments for pets.