Synthetic Medicines Versus Herbal Medicines: What To Choose?


We're already on a rainy season, and I love this kind of weather but we often catch cold and cough because of the climate. By becoming sick I can't do all the things that I always do and I simply hate it. Not like before, where I just let my sickness fade without taking some medicines, now I can't do that since I have pending jobs to finish. If I let all the work just pass on me, then I will be broke :) I have to take some medicines so it can speed up my recovery.

Before I don't care on what's the brand of medicines that I will take, I just get it from our medicine cabinet. But now that I buy my own, I already care on what's brand will I buy. Mainly I based my decision on what's the popular brand, the medicines that I always seen on TV, I heard on radio or saw in the magazines, newspaper and on the internet. Sometimes, I also based my decision on other's recommendation.

Some will say that on synthetic versus herbal medicine, a herbal medicine will always be effective, it is also interesting to note the recent "word-war" of Solmux (the synthetic cough medicine) versus Ascof (the herbal cough medicine) via their their own television advertisement. Solmux said that their product is safe, effective and has no side effect, Ascof on the other hand proudly said via TV ads that their product is natural and has no side effect unlike other chemical-based product. Solmux answered this using their celebrity endorser Vic Sotto and said: "Ang iba, masabing natural, safe na daw?!" and proudly announced that their product have been in the market for a long time now.

Well, I think it's always best to try the product that is already tried and tested by other people (e.g. your relatives) and not just because it's popular, so we will not feel sorry in the end. Medicine should help us feel better and not the other way around.

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  1. Hi Jay-L. Was the product launch under the category "no approved therapeutic claims"? If yes, then they should not be referred to as medicine.

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