Does natural herbal medicine harm people?For every ordinary ailments, we have always had a huge number of very simple herbal treatments that are very good. It is commonly believed that such treatments do not have any side effect, as the treatment is normally from very commonly available herbs.
One such is the thulaisi water treatment for common cold. If there is no fever, the elders simply advise the patient to take some thulasi leaves, wash them, boil them in pure water for fifteen minutes and then cool the water. When the water is cool, it can be filtered and some village jaggery (this is called nattu chakkarai in Tamil , sometimes referred to as panarkalkandu also) and just consume it. Over a three dosage schedule, the cold is normally gone and the person is okay.
Of late, some allopathy doctors are advising the patients to never go in for such treatments. They claim that only their drugs and antibiotics can cure the simple cold and caugh as well.
Is this true? Are these doctors talking only from the commercial angle? How can thulasi which is a proven herb, be so harmful, even when there is no fever at all?
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