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What Helps You? Herbal Medicines vs Synthetic Drugs

The choice between herbal medicine and synthetic drugs has been a subject of debate and curiosity among patients and healthcare professionals alike. Herbal medications are extracted from natural sources such as plants, herbs, and minerals, while synthetic drugs are created through chemical synthesis. so, what helps you? Herbal medicines vs Synthetic drugs.

Let’s explore the differences between herbal medicine versus synthetic drugs, examining their effectiveness, safety, and the factors that influence the choice of treatment. By understanding the pros and cons of each approach, we can make informed decisions about the medications used to manage our health.


Herbal medicines; extracted from natural sources such as plants, herbs, and minerals, and have been used for centuries as traditional medicine.

Synthetic drugs; are created in a laboratory using chemical processes, and are a product of modern pharmaceutical research and development

Uses of Medications

Cultures around the world have relied on the natural sources for their medicinal properties for many generations. Many herbal medicines are still used today, either in their original form or as extracts, teas, or supplements.

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Scientists have been doing research on the effectiveness of North and South American Indigenous peoples use of specific herbal medicines they’ve used. Their research of medicinal plants used by Indigenous peoples have had some verified with promising benefits, and further research continues.

Synthetic drugs also have a wide range of uses, and been made available as antibiotics, painkillers, and antidepressants plus many more. These are produced in standardized doses making it easy to administer and prescribe.

Benefits and Limitations

Herbal Medicines

One major benefit of herbal medicines is the minimal risk of adverse effects and are often viewed as a gentler alternative. However, it is crucial to remember that herbal medicines can still react with other medications, and produce side effects including death.

Additionally, the lack of understanding or knowledge of standardized dosages and quality control can be a limitation and dangerous. It’s important to KNOW this information, and important to speak with a trained Herbalist. It is always advisable to inform your doctor about any herbal medicines you are using, or plan to use, and ensure your safety and well-being.

The debate between herbal and synthetic drugs continues. Both have their merits and limitations. Herbal medicines have a rich history and are derived from natural sources, while synthetic drugs are a product of scientific advancements.

Synthetic Drugs

A major concern with synthetic drugs is that many synthetic drugs can come with a laundry list of possible adverse reactions, ranging from minor annoyances like drowsiness or nausea to more serious complications.

Regulations and oversight of synthetic drugs is in place to safeguard public health, suppliers face strict regulations and oversight. Regulatory bodies like the Pharmaceutical Drugs Directorate (PDD) apply Food and Drug regulations under the Authority of the Food and Drug Act, in Canada. They ensure drugs for sale to the Public are safe, effective and of high quality. This is why we get Prescriptions from our Doctor, and have to make a trip to the pharmacy.

While this system provides a level of assurance, it’s important for us to remain informed about the potential risks and benefits of synthetic drugs. Concerns may still arise regarding their impact over extended periods of time and effects on our body. Remember, if you have questions, it’s OK to ASK questions to your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

Effectiveness in treating specific conditions

We eventually have to determine which type of medication will be more effective depending on the specific condition being treated. In certain cases, synthetic drugs have shown remarkable effectiveness, offering targeted and potent solutions.

On the other hand, herbal medicines can also be effective, particularly for milder ailments or when used as a complementary therapy. It’s important to evaluate the available options and consult your healthcare professionals to make the best decision.

There are some treatments of including both herbal and synthetic drugs together, and can be reviewed with your Doctor. You’re allowed to ask.

Factors Influencing the Choice of Medications

Personal preferences and beliefs

Ultimately, clients should have a say in their treatment options. Personal beliefs, values, and preferences can influence the choice between herbal and synthetic drugs. Some individuals may favor the idea of using natural remedies, while others may trust the scientific advancements behind synthetic drugs. Open and honest communication with healthcare professionals can help align treatment choices with personal preferences.

Medical professional Recommendations

The expertise and recommendations of medical professionals play a crucial role in medication choices. Physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers have extensive knowledge of the benefits and risks associated with different medications. Their guidance can ensure that clients make well-informed decisions based on their unique conditions and healthcare needs.

Availability and Affordability

Availability and affordability are practical considerations when choosing medications. Factors such as geographic location, insurance coverage, and financial constraints can impact access to both natural and synthetic drugs. Understanding these constraints and seeking alternative options, such as generic versions or exploring herbal alternatives, can help navigate these challenges.

Making Informed Decisions about Medications

It is an ongoing debate between herbal and synthetic drugs, there is no definitive answer. Both options have their pros and cons, and what works for one person may not work for another.

Ultimately, making informed decisions about medications involves considering factors such as effectiveness, side effects, regulations, individual preferences, medical professional recommendations, affordability, and accessibility. With changes to the Canadian healthcare system, affordability will definitely be a huge factor for the low-income, homeless, and single parents.

Remember, it’s important to maintain open communication with your healthcare professionals, research available options, and carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits. So, whether it’s a synthetic drug or a herbal remedy, the key is to approach medication choices with a healthy dose of wit, wisdom, and a willingness to adapt as new information emerges.

Ultimately, the choice of medication should be based on personal needs, preferences, and the guidance of healthcare professionals. By staying informed, and weighing the benefits, and risks, we can make decisions that align with our health care goals. Remember, the goal is to prioritize safety, and effectiveness to achieve optimal health outcomes. Nobody else but you, and immediate family will genuinely care about the outcome of your health.

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Extra Learning Resources

Top Pharmaceutical Websites and Blogs

Ontario Herbalists Association – Herbal Education

What Are the Benefits of Herbal Medicine?

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10 Experimental Medical Treatment Discoveries

Medical research aka clinical research perform tests and procedures in the laboratory. Development of a drug or treatment is created, and eventually tests are done with animals. Shall we explore the 10 Experimental Medical treatment discoveries?

Once they are at a stage where there are no side effects or fatalities then choosing to move with the most promising experimental treatments into ‘clinical trials’ are planned. These are steps that are all conducted in ‘phases’, starting with research of molecules or elements, development of a drug then testing on animals.

Once testing is found safe with no harmful side effects, it then moves into the first phase with a small group of qualified people. Qualified people refers to those with specific health issues.

Begin with a Call – Out

The health team will continue delivering health care services, and the new treatments or tests ordered by the, or a team of Doctor(s) to measure and evaluate the outcome with help from qualified patients.

The team must first seek government ‘approval‘ to dispense the medications, and/or procedures. Volunteer patients safety is a mandatory priority.

A call-out for volunteers is made, usually for the latest promising medical drug or treatments. Would you volunteer or be willing to join a clinical trial with pay?

the 10 Experimental Medical Treatment Discoveries

  • Canadian study discovers way to make ‘universal’ organs for all transplant recipients, 2022

A new first-of-its-kind study out of Canada has discovered a way to make “universal” organs that could be used in all transplant recipients regardless of their blood type. The proof-of-concept study has demonstrated the possibility of safely converting blood type in donor organs for transplantation, which would make the wait shorter for patients, but also decrease mortality. Read more.

  • Experimental treatment helps patients hospitalized with COPD, 2021

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can no longer take in all the air they need. A research team investigated the use of hyaluronan a long-chain sugar that’s naturally secreted by many tissues, including within the lungs. Read more.

  • This experimental drug could change the field of cancer research,2022

A tiny group of people just experienced something of a scientific miracle: their cancer simply vanished after an experimental treatment.The trial resulted in every single one of their tumors disappearing. Read more.

  • Experimental Brain Cancer Treatment Is a Success, 2016

Using the immune system to beat cancer is quickly becoming a promising new strategy for battling tumors. A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine say that the same immuneotherapy that is successful against blood cancers also helped a patient with advanced brain cancer. Read more.

  • How an experimental treatment beat a little girl’s cancer,2022

The first child ever to receive genetically-modified T cells. The experimental treatment cured her leukemia, and the success of her case has allowed all kinds of cellular therapies to be developed. Read more.

  • Experimental approach to treating pancreatic cancer heralded as a success,2022

A new gene therapy shrank the tumors of a woman with pancreatic cancer. Researchers think it has the potential to benefit millions more people. Read more.

  • Nasal cartilage relieves osteoarthritis in the knee, 2021

Cartilage cells from the nasal septum can help repair cartilage injuries in the knee — they can also withstand the chronic inflammatory tissue environment in osteoarthritis and even counteract the inflammation. Read more.

  • Electrical zaps can ‘reawaken’ lost neural connections, helping paralyzed people walk again, 2022

Scientists identified specific spinal nerve cells that people likely need to regain the ability to walk after paralyzing injuries. Read more.

  • Ebola vaccines in African countries successfully produced antibodies in kids and adults, 2022

The results of two randomized, placebo-controlled trials analyzing three Ebola vaccine administration strategies show promising results. Read more.

  • In a 1st, baby’s heart defect successfully treated with injected stem cells, 2022

A baby underwent heart surgeries for a heart defect, and was the first child on record to receive a stem cell injection to patch his heart after surgery. Read more.

End Phase of the Trial

Clinical trials are carried out in two groups, and four phases. Think of it as going from small to large numbers of people.

If the outcomes, evaluations and follow-up evaluations are positive, the new drug or treatment is nationally accepted then there is no further testing needed. The trials are closed.

A new medication is government approved for public dispensing. Paid volunteers are an important factor to the success of this new drug or treatment. I’m grateful for their courage in taking the trial to give us new medical discoveries.

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Learn to Explore your Interest

To start your own journey into entering a Cinical trial you can ask your doctor, or he may even ask if you’d be interested. Adults and children may qualify but it’s important to learn as much as possible about the trial.

Some clinical trials will Pay, and others may not. Do not be shy to ASK questions. The main goal is to test, and evaluate the outcomes of new medical treatments or medications.

I think the USA offers payment for clinical trials, and some may offer payment in Canada too. Again, don’t be shy to ask. It’s ok. No animals will be harmed. 🙂

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Extra Learning Resources

What is Biomedical Research?

U.S. National Library of Medicine – Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials Ontario

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How to Take the Stress Out of Sober Travel

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a Guest post by Caleb Anderson

Travel can be exhilarating, relaxing and rejuvenating. But if you’re in addiction recovery, travel can be scary because you think you may be tempted to fall back into old and dangerous habits. It doesn’t have to be that way. Travel can give you a sense of calm and an awareness of the big world around you. It’s also a great way to help heal your body and mind.

A little advance planning can make your trips easier and less fraught with triggers. Here are a few tips to get you ready for this big step.

Try Sober Travel

There are travel companies that offer sober tours, trips and even cruises. Though you might think you need to avoid the big cities that are party meccas, you can enjoy these places sober, too. Sober tours offer companionship with other people who want to stay clean but still have a great time.

Travel with the right people

Don’t bring your party-animal friends along on a trip. Travel with people who understand your situation and who will refrain from drinking and drugs, if that’s what you need. If you’re comfortable with others drinking around you, but don’t want them to offer it to you, communicate your needs ahead of time. Good friends will honor your recovery.

Look for meetings

If you’re in a 12-step program, you can find meetings almost anywhere. They’re even offered on cruise ships, which are typically loaded with alcohol. Plus, meetings are a great way to meet new people and experience other cultures. Keep your sponsor’s phone number handy, and tell him or her in advance of your trip. You might even get some good travel tips.

Manage stress

Travel can often include stressful situations, which could easily trigger a relapse. If you plan ahead, you can ease some of that anxiety. Make lots of plans, lists, and itineraries to keep the guesswork to a minimum. Build extra time into your travel schedule for the unexpected, like a delayed flight. Tell your travel partner that you may need help if you get too stressed, and he or she might need to take the reins and help you relax.

Bring your pet

If you’re planning on being in the great outdoors for a sober adventure, and you have a dog that loves to hike or camp, bring him along! Your dog can help calm you when needed, as well as give you a loving companion to cuddle. Not only will you both be getting some time outdoors, but you’ll get some extra bonding time. Plus, your dog will appreciate the vacay, too!

Continue your self-care routine

Do you meditate every morning? Read a book over coffee? Take regular breaks to clear your head? Keep this up on your trip. Continue eating well and exercising for your health. Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you have to give up your goals.

However you do it, just do it. Travel can hugely benefit your state of mind. Just by getting out of your normal routine, you reset your thoughts and experience the world. Travel enhances your creativity, gives you a more “open” personality and relieves stress. Studies have shown that just preparing for a trip can boost your mood. Everybody wants something to look forward to!

As J Henry Hanson put it in Huffington Post, “Waking up clear-headed and knowing where I slept is extremely satisfying to me. Rising with the sun, rather than the moon, enables me to really get to know a place that I am visiting,” she said. “Sober travel allows me to recall sunsets over Volcan Masaya in Nicaragua, Green Turtles laying eggs in Costa Rica, swimming on Starfish Beach in Panama, and participating in a Mayan planting ceremony in Guatemala. The absence of a hangover allows me to savor museum exhibits rather than rush through so I can find my next cocktail.

Extra Reading & Resources

Sober Vacations International 

Addiction.com – Last Minute Vacations for Sober Travelers

Sober Travelers

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Caleb Anderson is in recovery from an opiate addiction. He hopes sharing his experiences will help others. He co- created RecoveryHope.org to help people with substance abuse disorders and their families.