Agreed, and the reason they are out of favour is greed: pharmaceuticals is a huge industry, but anyone can grow herbs. (That sentence started as a typo-error!)
My favourite quote is still Jini Thompson's plea to the MDs at Listen To Your Gut (excerpt)
At this time, I merely wish to stimulate your own thought process and encourage you to open up to unconventional possibilities and ideas, to pursue the many layers of truth and the many facets of reality, rather than latching onto the flat, easy, one-dimensional answer.
Have you read Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear et seq
? The old herbal knowledge has been preserved all over Europe and especially Eastern Europe, where it is very popular during their frequent hard
times (i.e. German and Russian occupations). Especially in spring, their markets are full of wild vegetation which all good mothers learned all about from their mothers. My wife has many secret, delicious and beneficial recipes.
Not all contraception was by termination. I worked on an island in the Pacific where the girls were very friendly, and the island had been a WW2 airbase: not one mixed-race kid resulted from any interactions
. I asked, and a lady gave me samples of her contraceptive and complete instructions: exactly as her mother taught her and she taught her daughters. But why did my employee's adopted girl get pregnant? Her new mother is from a different island, and didn't know our herbs
... I didn't ask about the termination.
Ask the Chinese about alternative medicine: I go to an MD for sickie-tickets and X-rays, then to a TCM for treatment; they are now covered by Australian medical insurance. When you have TCM and MD in the one Doctor, you have powerful cures: few of which are accepted in the West.
Some bush-medicines have been adopted: bacterial action, smallpox-vax and penicillen started from natural causes, curare was a popular muscle-relaxant; alt-med shops, clinics and web-sites abound, and a lot of private labs are researching heavily.
But the political dominance of the medico-chemical industry's quasi-theocratic moral blindness and its myriad known side-effects
keeps the alt-meds in the background.
The fly in the cream-jug is that greed operates in all
industries, and soon we will see massive bureaucratic controls in alt-med.
I think that if they'd let some of the Babchias
run the show, we'd all be a lot happier and healthier and The Shrub not so anal-retentive.