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Andrew Johnson mAMH. mBANT. NTCC. CNHC. Herbalist & Nutritional Therapist

Herbalism

What is the difference between herbs and pharmaceutical medicines?

Herbs are used whole and therefore contain a complex mixture of constituents, whereas pharmaceutical drugs are based on one chemical compound, often originally isolated from a plant.

Because of their complexity, herbs can have a balanced effect, e.g. dandelion leaves, which are a natural diuretic, are also rich in potassium, an element that is often depleted when pharmaceutical diuretics are taken. When a diuretic drug is given, potassium has to be supplemented in order to counteract this loss. The sum total of the constituents in a herb will often create a synergy that can have a greater beneficial effect than any one part in isolation.

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