Hello Fellow Survivors.
A lot of us, myself included, rely on drugs from the pharmacy to enable a 'normal' level of operation, anti depressants and painkillers being the most common. So what are we going to do when the chemicals run out, or the prices rise so high that we can no longer sustain our treatment? We'll do what we always do: Run home to mother... mother nature that is (ahem).
You may know Natural medicines as Alternative medicines. I'm not going to use that phrase because, to my mind, the chemically produced medicines we take today are the alternative to the natural treatments we used before the industrial revolution. Similarly, I'm not going to say Herbal medicine, because some natural medicines don't come from herbs, simple as that.
Natural medicines offer the same diverse range of treatments as industrial medicines and can be extracted from plants that grow freely in your garden. St John's Wort is a good example and is widely used to treat anxiety and mood swings (long term treatment of depression is still under investigation), but it is also a pain killer and fights gastric indigestion. I recommend that we all commit a space in our stronghold to the cultivation of St John's Wort.
As with any treatment, external or internal, natural or industrial, there is no one size fits all solution. Some people may experience no benefit, or even suffer side effects. I still recommend that we all investigate the possibilities offered by the natural world, but please do so responsibly. I suggest that you bookmark this page, linked below, which gives you access to almost everything that is already known about natural and industrial treatments and seek professional advice if you are already committed to a course of chemical medication.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Thank you for reading and keep surviving.