Thursday, June 14, 2007

Alternative Medicine

If you're frustrated with antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines, and all these prescription drugs, you might want to try giving herbal teas a chance.

I'm not talking about herbal teas that are sold inside boxes in your local supermarket. I'm talking about prescription herbal teas. Just like conventional medicine, you go see a doctor, tell him/her what ails you, and the doctor then writes a list of items that in combination will help you with your complaint (which can range from insomnia to indigestion).

Then, the pharmacist looks over the list, places all these herbs, weird-looking branches, an occasional insect or two inside a plastic bag, and it's off to the kitchen for you where you boil these babies in hot water for a certain duration, and drink it.

The result is this sometimes murky sometimes clear, dark brown to black substance that the doctor expects you to chug down... satisfied smile at the end not required, and not possible, in my opinion. This stuff can be real nasty. It's bitter, sweet, salty, spicy, and the smell is quite overpowering. I recommend a candy or two beside you so you can suck on them after your drink. I also recommend that you recite a mantra of "I need this to get well" dancing around your head as you drink every drop of this medicine.

Needless to say, this stuff may be able to help you if you've gone astray from those pesky tablets and capsules.

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