NatGeo, The Role of Ancient Remedies in Modern Medicine

Have you seen this article in National Geographic?

I am very pleased with this thorough exploration of traditional Chinese medicine and how it can be (and has been) a major influence in modern medicine.

Times are changing, and acceptance of traditional medical practices are growing, yielding a cosmic shift from taboo to mainstream, and science is backing it up left and right. The body of research regarding traditional therapies is astounding. All you have to do is google “pubmed acupuncture disease name” or “pubmed herbal medicine disease name”.  Pubmed is National Institute of Health’s medical library. Most of this research concludes that acupuncture and traditionally used herbal remedies are significantly more effective than the placebo group or sham group.

Yale University professor Yung-Chi Cheng examines a notoginseng plant at a research center in China’s Yunnan Province. Cheng is researching herbal treatments based on ancient Chinese formulas, including a cancer treatment that is currently in drug trials.

Let it be known that traditional herbal medicine has been a go-to for pharmaceutical scientists from decades. Have you heard how aspirin was first created?

“People forget that one of the oldest, most effective, scientifically proven drugs came from traditional medicine—aspirin.” The ancient Egyptians used dried myrtle leaves to treat aches and pains, and Hippocrates, the fourth-century B.C. Greek physician, considered the father of Western medicine, prescribed an extract of willow bark for fevers. But it wasn’t until the 1800s that European scientists figured out that the active ingredient in both is salicylic acid and synthesized it. Today aspirin, at pennies a dose, is arguably the world’s most cost-effective drug.

In times such as these, a world of staggering painful polarity and utter distrust (and disgust) for “the other,” it is refreshing to see two worlds, typically viewed as opponents, find commonalities to create something bigger and better than the sum of its parts, leading us down a path we can certainly call “the future of medicine.”



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