With the growing popularity and assumed success rate of using herbs as medicine, many people are curious and they just don’t know how to start or which ones to use to effectively help whatever illness or issue they want to fix. When you’re beginning to take and use herbal medicine on a regular basis there are a few basic things that you need to be aware of for safety reasons and just simply basic knowledge. You need to know what helps with what, where you can even get these herbs, and how to take the in a safe way.
In the United States herbs are not considered as medicine or regulated as such, so it gets tricky finding someone knowledgeable on the subject and making sure that you actually get the herb you want, since it isn’t heavily regulated and checked for content. There are actually many certified people out there, Herbologists and so forth, that are college educated on using herbs for medicinal purposes. They can be fairly easy to find if you really want to dive into the whole issue and are really serious about it. To find one close to where you live you can look on either of the following websites; http://www.americanherbalistguild.com/ and http://www.americanherbalistguild.com/. These people can give you more sound advice than I could on the subject and probably recommend more herbs to you that would specifically help your issues.
There are many different forms that the herbs you’re searching for van come is such as; teas, syrups, oils, liquid extracts, tinctures, and dry extracts (pills or capsules). There are some things that you should look out for though. Many herbs that are on the market, and may not have any warnings on them, can and have been shown to exhibit some bad side effects. A Herbologist or some simple research before you take the herb will usually tell you what the possible side effects are and if it’s recommended to actually take. Some herbs only are effective in some forms for certain illnesses. For example the tea form may induce constipation while the pill or capsule form of the herb will act as a laxative. It all depends on the herb, and as I said earlier, before you take any herb at all, do a quick 30 second google search. It could prevent many future health problems that may result from taking something harmful.
Source: Herbal medicine | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/herbal-medicine#ixzz2xprJ3QTi