The use of the word “cure” suggests a very strong connotation in science. The human body in its entire splendor has I would say, in over hundreds of thousands of years of physiological and biological evolution developed a complex system of defenses against natural microscopic predators. In turn this has resulted in what we know of as our modern-day immune system, and this immune system could be considered the closest thing to natural cures against many diseases. Surprisingly, modern day medicine has produced very few cures for the many commonly known diseases of today.
When we say, “cure” in science this means the aliment has been eradicated permanently from the host organism without the possibility of the disease ever reoccurring. Using this definition of cure as a benchmark you can see claiming a cure for a disease has to meet very rigid standards. Modern day medicine can boast of very few cures (maybe polio, rickets). Most modern day medicine simply attempts to treat the symptoms of the health concern and not the root cause of the problem. Many of the drugs are simply used to keep the person comfortable until the immune system can fight off the infection or disease or until the body can repair itself. However, in many instances the use of drugs to manage or control one health aliment often times creates new health challenges (side-effects) that were not present before the treatment regime was initiated. Now this is not to say that modern science is not making some legitimate progress in treating health related aliments. Many advances have been made in the treatment of childhood leukemia’s and some adult cancers.
Most so-called “natural cures” are not cures at all but are alternative (non-drug) yet effective remedies of managing some type of known health problem. Nevertheless, the same benchmark for “cure” is to be used if we are to talk about the success rate for natural remedies vs. the use of drug therapies. The natural remedy approach to health generally attempts to fight infection or disease by either eliminating the cause of the disease or infection by the use of a natural “anti-substance” or by using a natural substance that enhances the immune defenses. This approach to health in general does not create havoc (unwanted side-effects) on the person body functions while fighting the affliction as do many modern day drugs though the process to recovery in general may take longer. Yet across the board, advocates of natural remedies have not been involved in thorough enough research efforts to produce sufficient published scientific data that will unequivocally support a claim that a person has been cured using many commonly known natural remedies. Of course, this is not to say that natural remedies may not be effective alternatives to treat many health related afflictions as opposed to conventional drug regimes since much is known nowadays about the biological affect that many plant and fruit extracts have in enhancing the human immune response. Much reliable scientific data in the literature strongly suggest that the use of standardized green tea extract shows promise in the prevention and onset of many cancers, and the use of saw palmetto berry extract has been used clinically for many years in Europe to help in the control of “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia” (BPH).
In spite of the deficiencies in reliable or sufficient data absent from natural scientists who are advocates for the use of more naturopathic substances to remedy health afflictions, alternative science will play a important and key role in the future of applied medicine. However, we do know of one natural cure that has withstood the test of time and science for one known disease in the history of man. The disease is scurvy and the “cure” for scurvy is the commonly known natural substance Vitamin C.