Drugs are used to treat one intended indication because they are one single molecule. Herbs and spices have hundreds of molecules that literally can treat many different conditions. Some herbs have been researched to treat several different indications which sometime seems too good to be true. Due to where the herb is grown, the geographical area, the water, soil, climate, and a variety of other factors, it can change the molecular composition of the herb. Herbs, fruits, and berries, for example, that are grown in the Scandinavian countries, are more hardy than the same herbs, fruits and berries grown in the Mediterranean. The harsh, cold winters of the Arctic Circle instill into the herbs, fruits, and berries a composition of nutrients to withstand the harsh elements.
A very good example of this is echinacea. If you ask most health oriented individuals why they are taking echinacea, they would respond that they are reducing the severity of a cold or flu, and they may be taking several hundred milligrams of echinacea. But a different form of echinacea has been discovered by neuroscientists at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences that found a new use for echinacea other than to treat a cold or flu, but to treat anxiety or stress with just 20 or 40 mg once or twice a day. This form of echinacea will not be effective to treat a cold or flu nor will the echinacea products on the market that are used to treat a cold or flu reduce anxiety or stress. These are the wonders of nature and the variety of benefits that can be derived from natural medicines.
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