Some herbs are noted for their calming effects and are often found in teas. Some other herbs may aid in digestion or support healthy skin. Herbal medicines have been used for many years and are occasionally used as a replacement for modern medicinal products that have been lab-tested and prescribed by a doctor.
An herbalist uses holistic measures to determine what herb varieties could benefit particular ailments. Some remedies are designed to support one's good health and may act solely as a preventative measure. Other herbal remedies may be designed to treat a specific psychological or physical condition. Herbal products are regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), but the regulations are not as strict as the ones that relate to prescription or over-the-counter medicinal products.
If you would like to try out a product that will ease your anxiety or support a good night's sleep, you may be tempted to purchase an herbal product that is designed for the use you have in mind. Although many herbal medicines are deemed safe to take by the general public, it is still advisable to seek a doctor's advice before ingesting an herbal product.
An individual's physical or mental status and any existing medications that are currently being taken could affect the type of results that the person will receive, once they begin taking an herbal product.
For instance, if you have any preexisting medical conditions and are currently taking a prescription medication, the herbal product that you are interested in using may not work as well as you have anticipated or could actually cause you harm. A doctor can answer any questions that you have about a specific herb variety. They can provide you with dosage recommendations and drug interaction warnings.
Dried herbs are found in many dietary products that can be consumed. Food and beverages may contain dried herbs that could potentially be beneficial to one's health. There are also many herbal products that are sold in capsule or tablet format. These products may be marketed as herbal supplements.
Supplements can be purchased at a natural health retail shop or a mainstream store. If your doctor advises you to take a particular herb on a daily basis and you do not want to prepare food or beverage that contains the herb, purchase capsules or tablets that contain the herb. Always follow the dosage guidelines that are listed on a bottle of herbal medicine.