The book "Better Health with (Mostly) Chinese Herbs and Foods" by one of the leading experts on botanical products in the Western world and an expert in traditional Chinese medicine, Dr Albert Y. Leung. The author explains complexity of the views on the therapeutic use of herbs and compares their effect with the effects of chemical drugs. He points out that a number of mono-constituent chemical substances and substances originally isolated from herbs works different in human body compared with the identical substances contained in the combination of ingredients in natural herbs. The interaction of natural components, which we are often unable to describe despite advanced science, makes the toxic component an effective mixture with significantly weakened adverse effect and tolerance and healing effect. Both, worldwide and local legislation do not create optimal conditions for the introduction of traditional herbs and herbal extracts used as medicine, although the tendency to seek non-toxic drugs is growing significantly. Particularly in the area of the fight against cancer, where the toxicity of the agents used directly threatens the patient's life. Therefore, Dr. Leungs states. That returning to traditional herbs is the optimal way to better health. The perceptive reader will certainly appreciate the author's observations, which also draws attention to certain business practices and abuse of public interest in natural products.
Book in Czech language