Our grandparents relied on cures that could be found in the kitchen. But do doctors actually agree with them?
“Modern medicine relies on plants more than many of us realize,” says Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD, senior attending pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital and chief editor of publications for the Natural Standard Research Collaboration, which evaluates scientific data on herbs.
“Practically all of the most widely used drugs have an herbal origin,” Ulbricht says. “The number one OTC medication, aspirin, is a synthetic version of a compound found in the willow tree. Many statins are based on fungi; and Tamiflu originated from Chinese star anise.”
So, what are some natural remedies that are actually scientifically proven to be effective?