Synthetic , plural synthetic is an old term for substances, in particular medicinal substances, that have arisen synthetically ("artificially"), ie are products of a chemical synthesis. Most modern drugs are synthetic.
In alternative medical writings, the term synthetic is often used to emphasize the difference to medicinal substances from nature, phytotherapeutics or natural substances , which are considered better and have fewer side effects.
But there are also other reviews. Ernst Mutschler : “It would be foolish to want to play the natural substance against the synthetic, the synthetic against the natural substance. It is just as wrong to present natural substances as something better because it is more natural than, conversely, to disqualify therapy with natural substances as secondary. The only decisive factor is the therapeutic success, and this requires natural substances and synthetics. "
- Volker Fintelmann , Rudolf Fritz Weiss : Textbook of Phytotherapy . Georg Thieme Verlag, 2009, ISBN 978-3-8304-5418-2 , p. 29 ( limited preview in Google Book Search [accessed February 24, 2012]).
- Volker Schulz: Phytopharmaka VII . Birkhäuser, 2002, ISBN 978-3-7985-1335-8 , pp. 168 ( limited preview in Google Book Search [accessed February 24, 2012]).
- Volker Fintelmann: Intuitive medicine - anthroposophic medicine in practice: basics - indications - therapy concepts . Georg Thieme Verlag, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8304-5369-7 , p. 159 ( limited preview in Google Book Search [accessed February 24, 2012]).
- quoted from: Synthetic versus natural substance - therapeutic success is decisive. Medical Tribune April 5, 2000, PDF ( January 11, 2014 memento in the Internet Archive ).