Chronic conditions that affect functions of the heart, liver, kidney, or digestive systems often do not respond well to Western medications. One reason that Western medicine fails to treat these diseases effectively is that, in general, it does not appreciate the importance of natural substances in helping the body to heal itself. In contrast, the philosophy of Eastern medicine is based on understanding that the human body has a marvelous recuperative ability. Given the right foods and supplements, it can repair itself.In addition to eating a healthy diet, it is important to take specific nutritional supplements and the active compounds in natural herbs. The appropriate combination of natural supplements can provide an opportunity for the body to balance and heal itself - the ultimate reversal from a disease state.