How does herbal medicine work?
When practiced from an energetic perspective, herbs are used to treat the deeper underlying cause of illness and not merely eliminate symptoms. Herbs help to facilitate the natural functions of the body and restore its internal balance. Some ways this is done is by regulating digestion, supporting the nervous system, and toning specific areas of the body.
How long does it take for herbs to be effective?
There are a variety of factors, such as how long the condition has existed, the severity of it, the dosage of the herbs, and most importantly how diligently treatment protocols are followed. You must take the herbs as instructed to see results. You may experience relief within a few minutes, or it may take months for more deeply seated illness.
How do I take the herbs?
Herbs are available in a variety of forms, the most common being tea, tincture (an alcohol extract), and capsules. Some other ways to take herbs are in medicated honey, vinegar, and glycerin, as well as oils and salves for external use. And of course in cooking! There are still many more wonderful ways to use herbs for your health.
Are herbs safe?
Yes, although it depends on the herb. They are safe when used in the recommended dosages for the appropriate purpose. One of the most important things is to be certain to use high quality herbs from a reputable source that grows organically or ethically wildcrafts. According to the World Health Organization, “Currently, the majority of adverse events related to the use of herbal products and herbal medicines that are reported are attributable either to poor product quality or to improper use.”
Can I use herbs in combination with standard medical treatments and care?
Certainly. It is important that you provide all the information about medications that you take in order to ensure the proper herbal formulation for use in conjunction with your other treatments. Oftentimes herbs can be used to ease any side effects of your medication and even enhance their function.