- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Healthy and Natural Herbal Remedies: Pros and Cons
Considering Herbal Remedies
Health care reform can begin right in your own home or apartment!
No need to spend hard-earned money on a doctor or prescription medications. After consulting with a medical professional, you may be able to turn to healthy herbal remedies and get on the path to feeling better soon.
Life's common maladies can often be treated with medicinal herbs, rest, and common sense. Don't allow the pharmaceutical companies to get richer, when you can enrich your own life experience with simple treatments using homegrown remedies.
Anything from headaches to muscle cramps can be treated simply and inexpensively. Many people agree that its simply a waste of a day getting to the doctor, waiting and then picking up a prescription. Just head to your local health food store, or even your own vegetable garden. You could feel better than ever!
There are many reasons that people prefer to turn to herbal remedies than prescription medicines. Cost, convenience and concerns over the impurities in, and side effect of, medications lead many to the path of taking control over their health.
Many of these remedies worked for thousands of years.
Why not try them now?
Let's review the ins and out, and pros and cons of herbal remedies and homeopathic cures for common ailments.
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Herbal Remedies Have Gone Mainstream
When it comes to herbal remedies, many people immediately think of St. John's Wort (depression) and Echinacea (common cold). But you can find a wide range of herbs to help you with inflammation, muscle cramps, anxiety, insomnia and much more!
Health food stores used to be the only place where you could find herbal medicines. Today, these remedies have gone mainstream. Grocery stores are devoting entire aisles entirely to herbs, teas and tinctures. You can find tips online, in books, and television shows. Quite frankly, it can be overwhelming!
Pros and Cons of Using Herbal Medications
With the rise in popularity of herbal treatments, many people are self-medicating for conditions that they may or may not have. The Internet is filled with information, much of which is not accurate! More importantly, your individual situation should be assessed by a medical professional.
Remember: Just because the word "natural" is used doesn't mean that its 100% safe for you to use a certain herb to treat yourself! Herbs contain powerful agents that could interact with other medications you are taking, or negatively affect an underlying condition (blood pressure, asthma, allergies, etc.)
If you wish to explore herbal remedies, consult your doctor and ask about alternatives to prescription medications he or she suggests for you. Or, visit a homeopathic clinic and review your medical history and symptoms with a professional. You want to be certain to find an effective cure, and one that will not end up making you sicker!
With these considerations in mind, let's review a quick list of pros and cons.
Why you may want to use herbal remedies:
- Convenience (no need for prescription or refills)
- Perception that the herbal remedy is safer than pharmaceutical drugs
- Moral reasons related to animal testing, desire not to support pharmaceutical companies
- Perception that herbal remedies are better for the body because they are natural
- Effectiveness - many people report better results using herbs and teas than pills and shots
Why you may want to think twice before using herbal medicines:
- Potential of overdose or drug interference
- Potential of negatively impacting underlying health conditions
- Perception that herbs don't work as well as pharmaceutical drugs
- Could take longer to see results
- Potential inconsistency in strength or dosing
- Failure to fully appreciate medicinal qualities of herbs (in other words, not taking into consideration the fact that herbal medicines are still medicines!
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Before you Head to the Natural Medicine Store
Using home herbal remedies for health is as easy as picking up a bottle of ibuprofen - and potentially safer! People have been using roots, berries, flowers and leaves of various plants to treat ailments for thousands of years. Of course, they didn't suffer from many of the conditions common to our 21st century lives. Nor did they have to worry about interactions with pharmaceutical medicines, either.
Be a safe consumer and talk to a professional before you start dabbling with herbal teas, tinctures and salves. Not only could you save yourself from potential dangerous side-effects or interactions, but you could save money that would not otherwise be spent on the wrong herb for your specific condition.
Get the correct herb, the correct dose (based on your age, weight, sex), and start on the road to natural health and healing!