Most herbal remedies are safe; in fact, in
most cases they have few or no side effects. They are a natural
alternative to treating conditions. While many herbal remedies
are safe, it is important to understand that there are some risks
involved in using them. In order to be safe, follow these guidelines
when using herbal remedies.
between herbal remedies and prescription drugs can occur. Read
the directions that come with any pre-made herbal remedies that
- Do not stop taking prescription drugs unless
you first check with your doctor. Some prescriptions are necessary
in keeping certain problems under control, such as heart disease
and high blood pressure.
- If you are
under a doctor's care, meet with him to tell him you want to start
taking herbal remedies. Together you can come up with a plan that
will work for your specific circumstance.
- If you are pregnant, do not take any herbal
remedies without first consulting with your doctor.
- Do not take more than the recommended dosage
of an herbal product, even if it does not seem to work. Not all
herbal remedies work the same on all people. Also, some herbal
remedies need to build up in the system over days or weeks before
they become effective.
- Do not use
herbal remedies on children under 3 without the approval of their
- When giving herbal remedies to children
remember to give the correct dosage for their weight. Do not give
too much to a child.
- Start with the lowest recommended dosage
for your condition. If needed, you can increase the dose later
on. When using skin creams you should test them on a small patch
of unaffected skin first, to make sure you are not allergic to
anything in them.
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