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Where do drugs come from
Respectfully, long before the FDA existed, indigenous cultures around the world had
Originally Posted by primetimegrape
complex medical systems, based on plant medicine. The Vedic system goes back at least 5,000 years, but many estimate that zooastrianism is much much older.
The Druids, Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, and Chinese, all have herbal system of medicine, which are thousands of years old.
Chinese medicine is estimated to be at least 5,000 yrs old. With just under 2 billion people, a medicine would not endure this long for that many people unless it worked.
Some of throngs you mention like Kava--this comes from Polynesia. Western science has studied it, and dissect it like a frog, and miss so much, since they usually isolate alkaloids.
The end up extracting one chemical from a medicine that has thousands of chemicals working together as a syngergistic family. Also, Kava was a ceremonial herb, and served a shamanistic purpose.
The version we get at our health food store, is a far resemblance, from the traditional way it was prepared. And they didn't pluck one chemical out of a highly complex plant medicine, with thousands of chemicals, working together.
This is called a drug.
The German Giant Bayer built their empire on something known as Salycilic Acid. This is simply one chemical found in White Willow Bark. They named it Aspirin. And they have ended up ruling the Pharma world.
At a time, and still to a certain extent, Malaria is still a big problem. The drug Quinine was an isolate from a plant, which saved many soldiers during various wars who contracted malaria. And quinine was the result of a plant.
I could give a history lesson on how most of the drugs we have to day, all can be traced back to a plant.
Take opiates. Whether it's Vicodin, norco, Subutex, or morphine---it was the Opium Flower where morphine and laudanum were first isolated.
Cold medicine like sudafed. Do you think many engineered this molecule. A Chinese twig called Ma Huang, or Ephedra, had been used in Chinese medicine to induce diaphoresis. To make you sweat a cold.
As it turned out, one of it's major active ingredients was ephedrine, which is very similar to human nor-epinephrine, or adrenaline, which is secreted by the adrenals.
The herb is a broncho-dilator (opens the lungs for asthma). Asthma inhalers, whether there for rescue or maintainence, contain a cousin of Ephedrine.mthey are called SABA's or LABA's, short acting beta agonists or long acting, All from a twig.
This is still the drug gold standard for an acute asthma attack, and people take Advair daily tom prevent asthma.
Our earth and oceans possess an abundance of all the medicine we need. We just love to modify, manipulate, and pluck single chemicals out of plants, that have thousands of chemicals working in harmony. This is why there a difference between side effects of herbs >> drugs.
Depression has certainly always existed. I will not try to convince you that there are herbal versions of Prozac. Herbs are a bit more regulating.
But yes, there are herbs that increase dopamine, and others that increase seratonin. They may not work through the SSRI mechanism, but may achieve the same result.
Herbs tend to be more balancing, however some are very specific.
Why do we kiss our lovers under Mistletoe on Christmas ?
Ask the Druids. As this was their symbol of their culture, and most sacred herb.
I hope you feel better and find something for what ails you. There is an abundance of natural medicine out there. Not everything is herbal.
Vitamins are generally made made.
Looks at the Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Amazonian herbal systems, as they are widely practiced throughout the world.
Maybe you shall find what you are seeking.
Herbs are big medicine. We need to let our ego go, and realize how ignorant we are. Our ancestors understood plant medicine. We have seemed to get far far away from that which our ancestors deemed sacred.
There are several alternatives to using anti-depressants.
Regular exercise is actually a very effective anti-depressant. It's also as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. Some studies show that exercise is better then certain drugs in the long-term as an anti depressant. The biggest downside with using exercise as an anti-depressant is that you have to do it every day, even if you are not feeling up to it. If you skip one session, you can end up with a major mood drop. However, once it's a habit and you start enjoying and looking forward to the way you feel after exercising, it will be a lot easier to do every session.
The food you eat has a role in the way you feel. Some foods, like chocolate, actually have an effect on the production of 'happy' chemicals in your brain, which make you feel instantly better (just watch out for the sugar highs and lows with sugary happy foods). An overall healthy diet will have you feeling happier then one high in unhealthy fats and simple sugars.