Dear Mama: Since herbs are natural is there any danger to taking them with certain foods and medications?
This is the one thing that many people assume because something is herbal, considered natural, or derived from plant matter it is safe for use. During consultations, many clients will tell me symptoms that they are experiencing (contraindication) with a specific herb and have no idea why it's happening. They have gone into the herbal or drug store picked up a whole bunch of tinctures, supplements or tea blends and take them all together without concern. This can produce many different results depending on what you have taken (prescriptions, foods, supplements, other herbs). Most herbs are safe to use without any adverse side effects. They nourish, help, replenish and strengthen the body. In my opinion, herbal medicine is better and safer than prescription drugs, it should not be taken without proper direction. Below are some interesting facts related to dietary supplements and prescription drug use. So to answer your question depending on your health and issues relating to your health there could be some danger to just popping anything labeled natural, organic and botanical in your mouth.
Former NBA star and TV reality show participant Lamar Odom was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel due in part to the 10 tablets of “herbal Viagra,” along with other substances.
Peppermint oil has emmenagogue capabilities due to the fact it contains menthol, This can stimulate menstruation but can also lead to miscarriage if pregnant. Even though Peppermint tea is safe to drink for nausea related to pregnancy it is advisable not to drink excessive amounts
Generally, herbs are safe to take but there are exceptions to this especially if you are taking blood thinners, on medication for heart issues, high blood pressure, pregnancy, have allergies, suffer from specific ailments/diseases you may want to seek professional assistance. It's very important to get educated and be informed before taking supplements or herbs. I know this may sound like a broken record but seeking a Certified Herbalist is very important before taking supplements. Informing your doctor is important as well, practitioners, alternative medicine providers need to work together but he/she on the norm may not be educated in phytotherapy, medical herbalism, or pharmacognosy as a certified herbalist.
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