Yes they do.
Long before chemical drugs, we healed ourselves naturally and effectively through the consumption, inhalation and application of plants and herbs.
As of matter of fact, there was no doubt about the effectiveness of white willow tree bark, or as we know it “Aspirin” (natural salicyclic acid). So think about it; if it wasn't effective, the chemical and pharmaceutical company, Bayer, would not have gone to such great lengths to synthesize, patent, and mass produce it, making it the top selling remedy in the world.
The key word here is synthetic. All chemical and pharmaceutical products are synthetic. Did you know that over 20% of medicinal drugs in the U.S. are actually synthesized from plants. Synthesizing the beneficial properties of plants and herbs is just that - synthetic. These products are cheap chemical imitations of the properties that plants and herbs naturally produce. Nature has provided us with more effective and less harmful ways of healing ourselves without side effects. Think about it, instead of using the cheap, chemical imitation - wouldn't you rather use the pure, unadulterated version produced by nature?
Keep in mind is that not every product (pharmaceutical or natural) works for everyone. Our bodies are unique and metabolize things differently. As homeopaths, we believe that everyone is an individual and that healing is individual to each person. Taking a natural approach in healing is always most beneficial in keeping you balanced.
At Just Skin Food, we never recommend that you forgo consultation or treatment from your physician. However, we do suggest that you try to find a physician who embraces all aspects of healing.
The use of plants as medicines has a long history in the treatment of various diseases. The plant-derived compounds have a long history of clinical use, better patient tolerance and acceptance. To date, 35,000-70,000 plant species have been screened for their medicinal use. Plants especially those with ethnopharmacological uses have been the primary sources of medicine for early drug discovery. Fabricant and Farnsworth, (2001) reported that, 80% of 122 plant derived drugs were related to their original ethnopharmacological purposes. Current drug discovery from plants mainly relied on bioactivity–guided fractionation and led to isolation of many important anticancer drugs such as paclitaxel, camptothecin etc. ... Natural products derived from plants as a source of drugs