At some point in time, you will get old. I’m getting to the point where my hair is falling out, my posture is worse than ever, and I don’t exercise as often as I used to. Things are changing, I’m shifting into a new phase of life.
Eating good should start from youth. Educate the young on good nutrition so they won’t be confused when they get older. Diet is 80% of fitness. But there are other factors, like exercise, rest, hygiene, meditation, attitude, etc… And when you get sick or old, it’s time to begin the herbal diet.
Herbal medicine is very old. Even animals know to medicate themselves with non-nutritive plants when they are sick or old. Dogs eat onion grass when they are sick in order to cleanse their system. No one had to teach them, they simply know.
Gorillas and chimps take certain herbs when they are sick, and even leaves decomposing in water makes a delicious tea from time to time. Herbal medicine is natural, and the foundation of both eastern and western medicine.
It’s not a matter of synthetic versus natural cures. It’s a matter of synthetic vs natural herbs. Pharmaceuticals are herbs too, just synthetic ones formulized in a laboratory, not in the wild. Natural medicine is about what you ingest from the natural world, whether it be food or herbs from the earth.
In fact, there is no need for western medicine, with it’s pharmaceuticals, surgery, chemo therapy, and radiation. It is all bad for you and based on reductionist science. The real way to be well is to not get sick in the first place, and to grow old with no need to be restored to perfection.
I know a little about herbal medicine, enough to know that ginseng of various kinds is good once your power begins to wane. Red meat and bone broth is also good for vital power. As I approach 40, I know what I got to do to continue to age skillfully and not become decrepit and useless. I wish you well.