9 Apr
2009

Very often an alkaloid or some other chemical substance in a plant is believed to produce a certain effect. If the alkaloid is extracted and administered, the symptomatic effects may be the same or similar, but the lasting effect will probably be different. The chemist is unable to explain this, because his analytical procedures are not sufficiently refined for him to be able to pinpoint those substances which are commonly termed ‘unknown factors’ and which are responsible for the overall effect produced by the plant. It is therefore essential that all natural remedies be taken as an organic whole, in the same form as nature produces them. Those who merely consider the so-called ‘active substance’ in a herbal preparation demonstrate a superficial understanding of the subject.

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