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Focused on Understanding

Synthetic drugs or laboratory-based drugs address symptoms caused by specific diseases as understood by scientific pathology, however, an herbal medicine usually direct towards aiding the body's own healing process. 

About 8% of hospital admissions in the United States of America are due to adverse or side effects of synthetic drugs. Approximately 100,000 people each year die due to these toxicities. It means that the number killed in the U.S. by pharmaceutical drugs are at least three times more than the number killed by drunk drivers. Additionally, each year thousands of people die from supposedly “safe” over-the-counter drugs. Deaths or hospitalizations due to herbs are so rare that they are hard to find. The National Poison Control Centers of the United States does not even have a category in their database for side or adverse reactions to herbs. Therefore, people every year turn to herbal medicine because they believe plant remedies are almost free from undesirable or unexpected side effects. However, toxicity of herbal medicines needs to be seen in context (Although herbal medicines are generally considered to be safe and effective). 


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