Some retirement living seniors may depend on certain medication to treat their ailments. However, a recent study has shown that herbal remedies may be as beneficial to curing some sicknesses as doctor-prescribed drugs.
Preventing Magazine is reporting that the medications many people take are derived from natural resources, including plants.
Catherine Ulbricht, the senior attending pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital, spoke with the news source about the findings.
"Practically all of the most widely used drugs have an herbal origin," Ulbricht said.
In fact, retirement living seniors may be surprised to learn that some of the common over-the-counter cures they remain faithful to are created from Mother Nature's resources.
"The number one OTC medication, aspirin, is a synthetic version of a compound found in the willow tree.
Many statins are based on fungi; and Tamiflu originated from Chinese star anise," Ulbricht said.
Retirement living seniors should not hesitate to use alterative forms of medicine if struggling with an ailment and have their doctor's approval. In fact, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that an estimated 3.1 million adults in the U.S. have had acupuncture. This may show that individuals nowadays are undergoing different forms of treatment in order to feel healthy.