Before I start, I want to get one thing straight. I am a firm believer in the marvels of Western medicine and am staunchly opposed to most types of “Alternative Healing” like supplements, homeopathy, and other so-called miracle cures. Although pharmaceutical companies are evil, patent-manipulating, profit-motivated, soulless corporations, it is these very traits that convince me that they leave no stone unturned when it comes to developing new drugs. What better way to generate new profits than by discovering new cures? With this disclaimer in mind, what I’m about to say next may come as a bit of a surprise: I think Eastern Medicine works.
As you know, I was sick for the better part of the last 2 weeks. When I could no longer bear my cough anymore, I asked my uncle to get me some medicine. He came back with what you see in that vial I’m holding up in that picture. My gut reaction was repressed anger. Where is my NyQuil? There’s no way this hocus pocus potion could have any effect on this rhinovirus… Where’s the scientific evidence behind it? Did someone pour millions into developing it? All this aside, I was desperate to rid myself of this cold so I downed it in one gulp and hoped for the best, expecting the worst. To my surprise, the damn thing worked! Now you might be thinking, “How can this be? If it works, why don’t we have it in the US? It must be placebo!” And you may very well be correct but in all honesty, this has been an eye-opener for me.
I think that this potion derives its potency not from the “active ingredient,” but rather the context of the ingredients. It’s like how they say taking vitamins don’t actually help because your body can’t absorb just raw vitamins. This is probably made from boiling herbs which would mean that it includes not only the drug part, but much of the other plant materials that may very well aid in its digestion and absorption. Now I’m not saying that all Eastern Medicines work, but I will say that I won’t write it all off as bunk in the future as I have in the past.