Quoted from The Hundred-Year Lie:
Traditional systems of medicine from India and China have both developed over four thousand years of knowledge based on trial-and-error testing of untold millions of people in the longest and most widespread clinical trial tests of plant-based healing in human history. Both systems place more emphasis on illness and disease prevention—especially using food and diet—than does Western-based (allopathic) medicine, which tends to view preventive measures only in terms of public sanitation and public immunizations. Neither of these traditional systems believe it’s appropriate or effective to isolate specific compounds or to synthesize molecules from a medicinal plant.
Traditional Systems Use Food as Medicine: What we eat, the fuel we burn to power our body and mind, can be used in prevention and to heal and regenerate, or else—if consumed mindlessly—it will toxify the body and mind, weaken the immune system, and invite illness and disease. That principle guides both ancient healing systems. Everything begins with food.
Traditional Medicine Is Synergistic: Modern allopathic medicine focuses on chemical magic bullets; the treatment of symptoms, and the mechanics of the human body, while the two ancient traditions believe health is naturally occurring and responds to synergistic laws of nature. “Traditional medicine allows ‘nature’ in the form of our immune system to do much of the healing,” Scott observes. That means using combinations of healing herbs to empower the immune system to regenerate the body. By refusing to tamper with plant chemistry these two ancient systems respect and preserve the synergies that activate healing and health.
Fitzgerald, Randall. The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health (p. 214-15). Plume. Kindle Edition.