ctp 4.0 The Taste of Medicine

My friend from GambiaA friend from Gambia told me this: „Old people in Gambia still believe in ‚herbs and rooots‘ – like they believe in ghosts – Islam notwithstanding … I often spend time with my grandma in the countryside. When I had a cold, I had to drink a brew made of leafs and blossoms which she had prepared. Ugh, it was a horrible taste – I often spat it“

I am reflecting: Why does modern medicine in fact tastes of nothing – and why do drops or cough syrups have a sweet taste? Because they are produced without vegetables? Or because they do not have any effect?