Allopathic and Holistic Medicine

– [Instructor] Herbal is
not necessarily different from allopathic medicine. It’s a way of
approaching medicine’s. Herbal medicine is a
technique that can be used in any kind of philosophical treatment methods. So allopathic is just
a term that refers to direct treatment
of the symptoms. Often it ends up being
treatment for the symptom rather than the cause. And that’s really the
complaint of people who are talking about
holistic medicine. Which is more
treating the cause, which may not be directly
treating any symptom. So holistic is a general
broad term that incorporates a lot of other specific systems. Chinese medicine, there’s
many different types in China. But basically it
works on the causes. Most of Chinese medicine
physicians work on the cause rather than the symptoms. So you have a headache
and it’s really due to an intestinal problem
you didn’t know you had. So diagnosis is really
involved in Chinese medicine. So in that case you
can treat the headache with allopathic medicine and get it to go
away in a few hours. With salicylic acid. Take an asprin tablet or
some headache medicine. Anti-inflammatory. But that might not be
treating the cause. And if the cause is intestinal, the inability to
absorb nutrients. It takes different technology and there are various
ones that are out there. There are some traditional
ones and more modern, to do an extensive diagnosis and figure out
what the heck it is that’s causing these symptoms. It often takes a lot
longer to treat the cause than it does the symptom. So it makes a difference
between allopathic medicine and holistic medicine. It involved more
time and diagnosis and more time to reverse
what probably took many years to come about. Even though the headache
may have started yesterday in that example it may have
taken 6 months or 2 years for that internal problem to
manifest with those symptoms. One of the problems
with modern medicine is it’s got one
stream of thought. Which is although almost
all of our medicines, I’d say better than 85% now that we have a lot
of new synthetic types better than 85% of the
medicines we have today are synthetic versions of a
chemical that came from a plant. And we call them drugs. If you back to before synthesis, before drugs were synthesized
chemically in a laboratory, plants were called drugs. The manuals they used, that doctors used for
treatment of disease included plants and if
they had a medicinal effect they were called a drug. It’s an old word. But over time, after
chemistry was discovered, way back in the 1600’s, it became a goal of
a lot of physicians and chemists even to extract things from plants and find out what specifically, what part of the plant it was, that actually caused
an effect on people. Sometimes a disease effect. Well caffeine, a plant that did that. Ethiopian plant,
a couple of them, but mostly what we call coffee had this property and it didn’t treat a disease. Although it is used for
allergies if you can guess. Things like that
were also analyzed and you can find
those in the berries and you can do a certain
process of water extractions. Sometimes you needed
alcohol to extract it. So medicine was going
along a very essential path to become efficient in
doing extractions of plants and finding out what solvents
you needed to extract. And whether those solvents
were safe to take internally. Sometimes you have to
do a double extraction with something that’s
toxic and take it from that to make it something
you can take internally. But anyway, you were trying
to synthesize in a sense, the core element in the
plant that treated a disease. Then it went beyond
that to modern medicine where there were rules set up that excluded plants being used. So in the case of
say willow bark, that was the first asprin, was in 1790 in the encyclopedia, was called powders
of white willow. All Indians out here knew
that willow was used to treat pain, headache, any
inflammation of any kind. Topically or internally. You could make tea out
of the willow inner bark. That greenish bark
on the inside. You strip off the outer bark
and there’s an inner bark. But when we went
so far as to say okay well we know
what that is now. It’s salicin. Salicin is very unstable. So we will stabilize it. We will make it into
a salicylic acid. And that’s one form of salicin. In a plant you have
many forms of salicin. And this goes for evergreen
and a lot of drugs that were in common usage. One form of it was
selected chemically. One structure, one
chemical structure. And then that was mass produced and sent throughout
the whole world as the drug for something. And what was avoided
when that happened was the synergistic effect
of very similar compounds that are found in plants. We call them spinoffs. So salicin is more than
just salicylic acid. It has many different
variations in the plant and different willows have
different types of variations. Which is showing you
for instance here, only yellow willow
for headaches. They all have salicin in them but that was one
that worked better. And it goes for the
case of ephedrine that’s one allocolloid
amongst four allocolloids in the ephedra plant. – [Woman] Hmm – [Instructor] Lost in the
sense of healing ability? – [Woman] Yeah. – [Instructor] Well I’d say
that if you use willow bark, like I do for headaches, if you can get it, you can take asprin tablets too if you want to
use it right away. There’s an asprin tablet
in the jar on the table. – [Woman] Mm hmm. – [Instructor] But
if I have a choice, I’ll use willow. It works better. For treating a headache. I don’t get headaches very often but I would prefer
to use willow bark. And what works even better
than that is cottonwood, collected in the spring
before the leaves emerge, from cottonwood trees. Which is what the Crow
collected necessarily. But they collected those buds and put them in back fat when they had that as
a preservative in it. It could be could for years. They didn’t have alcohol so they’d use buffalo back fat for a preservative
in a lot of cases. And where that type
of method didn’t work they’d dry these
things and powder them and put them in a leather
pouch and keep it. So there’s many, many examples of drugs that work better
in their natural plant form because of the synergism of similar chemicals
produced by the plant. – [Woman] Yeah.

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