Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What are some safe, natural alternatives to over-the-counter medications?
A: This is a very broad question. There are many conditions and many pharmaceutical and natural treatments for these conditions. Generally speaking, pharmaceuticals are derivatives in which active ingredients from natural products have been isolated and synthesized. On the other hand, natural products, which pharmaceuticals have been synthesized from, contain many other elements that balance the active ingredients and help reduce the side effects and adverse reactions.