Medicinal herbs have been in use for thousands of years and are renowned the world over for their overall effectiveness in treating many diseases. These natural herbs have been found to be very effective in increasing the body resistance to infections, boosting the immune system, renewing and raising body vitality and healing allergies. Due to the above factors, the popularity of medicinal herbs has grown by leaps and bounds and as a result, many people are using herbal remedies.
These herbal means of promoting health are also becoming more popular because most people are becoming increasingly wary and distrustful of the frequency and powerful nature of most toxic drugs being prescribed by the mainstream medical practitioners. Further to the above, magazines and online articles talking about the efficacy and efficiency of herbs are also appearing with increasing frequency as some herbal treatments get mainstream acceptance by members of the medical profession.
In this regard, it is important to know and appreciate the do’s and don’ts of using medicinal herbs safely and effectively. These include but are not limited to the following;
First and foremost, it is important to know your health history and pay close attention to any allergies you may have. Studies have shown that some components in medicinal herbs can be harmful to people who have different forms of allergies. It is worth noting that at times, these herbs when taken without proper medical advice or knowledge can act as allergens, further aggravating the symptoms of that particular allergy. An example is St John’s Wort, a popular and effective herb which has been found to cause instances of skin sensitivity to certain people. This does imply that just because it is a herb does not mean that you should just use it freely, it is wise to consult a practitioner about the herb(s) you intend to use before you start off.