You are what you eat.
Garbage in equals garbage out.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Globally it has been estimated that some 50%-70% of pharmaceuticals are synthesized, or based on natural allelochamicals.
Aspirin, for example, acetylsalicylic acid is based on Salicylic Acid, which comes from Salicin in the bark of the Salix genus of trees (and other plants).
Allelopathy is a biological phenomenon by which an organism produces one or more biochemicals that influence the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of other organisms. These biochemicals are known as allelochemicals and can have beneficial (positive allelopathy) or detrimental (negative allelopathy) effects on the target organisms and the community. Allelochemicals are a subset of secondary metabolites, which are not required for metabolism (i.e. growth, development and reproduction) of the allelopathic organism. Allelochemicals with negative allelopathic effects are an important part of plant defense against herbivory.
When people talk about herbal medicine, whether they know it or not, they’re talking about the allelochemicals that are in those herbs.
But it has been my personal experience that synthetic pharmaceuticals don’t offer as many advantages as their wholesome natural counterparts.
Most all natural antibiotics known to humans are created by microbes, typically soil microbes.
They are a type of germ warfare, created by microbes to fight off other microbes.
Plants use these to ward off disease and infection just as animals and humans do.
And, given their natural development, they mutate/evolve in response to mutations/evolutions of those microbes.
Thus they avoid the same consequences of encountering antibiotic resistance as do synthetic pharmaceuticals, which aren’t created in a natural state, thus don’t naturally evolve.
The production of allelochemicals are also affected by biotic factors such as nutrients available, and abiotic factors such as temperature and pH.
But they are often labeled as mere quackery by the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
You generally can’t patent natural products.
And patents offer protection from competition, thus create greater profit.
If more people began using more affordably-priced natural alternatives, even growing their own (I grow a nice-sized traditional herbal medicinal garden) the pharmaceutical industry would lose much profit.
And this is exactly why we do what we do.
We create the highest-quality soils, utilizing those natural beneficial microbiotic processes.