Originally Posted by creative
Oh come on...that is a very poor, redundant argument! Ha - laughable! Back then nothing else was available i.e. we didn't have the benefits of technology that we do now. This is hardly the same thing as saying that herbalism is now used to take the place of operations - that is a false statement! As mentioned, herbalism can be used beneficially with the run up to an operation and also to aid recovery afterward.
I never said that. You really must stop putting words in my mouth.
YOU said herbalism was NEVER MEANT to replace surgery. That story in the article shows that you are wrong - people in the past did try to treat all kinds of things with herbs, with blood-letting, with lots of unproven "therapies."
Herbs and other "natural" remedies are still used by some people to try to treat infections and other conditions that require medical treatment. Like this one:
Parents of toddler who died of meningitis used home remedies rather than consult doctor, court hears - Calgary - CBC News
A southern Alberta couple accused of allowing their meningitis-infected toddler to die four years ago tried home remedies such as olive leaf extract and whey protein rather than take him to a doctor, a Lethbridge jury heard Monday.
Crown counsel played an audio tape from a police officer who interviewed the couple after hospital staff called police.
On the tape, Collet Stephan tells the officer a friend, who is a nurse, told the couple the boy likely had meningitis.
Home remedies given as condition deteriorated
In a bid to boost his immune system, the couple gave the boy — who was lethargic and becoming stiff — various home remedies, such as water with maple syrup, juice with frozen berries and finally a mixture of apple cider vinegar, horse radish root, hot peppers, mashed onion, garlic and ginger root as his condition deteriorated.
This is why promoting "natural" remedies is misguided and dangerous. They tried to treat him themselves for several weeks but they didn't even know what was wrong with him, much less what was needed to actually fix the problem.