Using Herbs Safely
Herbal therapies have been used in both Western and Eastern cultures for centuries. Herbal therapy is designed to both treat illness and enhance overall health and well-being. Behind this therapy is the belief that nature itself produces effective medicines.
The Healing Power of Plants
Herbal therapy uses plant-based remedies similar to how Western treatment uses prescription medications. Prescription medications are sometimes based on a single plant extract that may be produced synthetically. In contrast, herbal remedies are derived from plants. The root, leaf, stem, and even the pollen are used.
Take herbs as carefully as you would take prescription medications. Herbs should be given under the advice of a qualified herbalist. Avoid selecting your own herbs or dosages without getting professional help. And always keep your medical doctor informed about your herbal treatments.
Myths and Facts About Herbs
Fact: Herbs are often powerful substances. They should be given by professionals.
Myth: All over-the-counter herbs are the same.
Fact: Herbal remedies don’t have production guidelines like those of prescription medications. An herbalist can help ensure that you get high-quality products.
Myth: The more herbs you take, the better the results.
Fact: Some herbs are toxic in high doses and can make you sick.
Questions for the Herbalist
Before you decide whether to have herbal therapy, talk with an herbalist. Asking him or her some of these questions may help you make an informed decision:
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