FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It is our sincere belief that our Creator put herbs on the earth to maintain and restore our health. We believe that herbs get to the cause of health problems, not just the symptoms. Herbs are whole and balanced; therefore they provide nutrition for our body to become whole and balanced.
- How is herbal medicine different from modern-day pharmaceuticals?
When using herbs as medicine, you are employing the entire plant (root, flower, leaf, rhizome, etc) which consists of hundreds or thousands medicinal constituents to address specific issues. This differs from pharmaceuticals which are manufactured to address one specific goal (which they often do very effectively). they do not take into account the synergy of multiple body systems, often leading to unnecessary and potent side effects. Herbal medicines were not created for your specific diseases and illness, therefore there is no herb to “treat arthritis”. Herbs, when combined together in a custom compounded form, can be remarkably effective in providing holistic treatment that is not just symptom specific, but whole body supporting.
- Can I take herbal formulas in place of my medications?
Not unless you are under the clinical supervision of a qualified Herbalist or Naturopathic Doctor. It can be very dangerous to abruptly discontinue pharmaceuticals and extremely difficult for a lay person to choose an acceptable alternative(s) to their treatment.
- How Soon Will I Notice Results?
There are many factors involved, such as the severity of the problem, the health of a person’s digestion and assimilation, the amount of herbs taken, the stress a person is under, and so on. However, someone with problems such as constipation or blood sugar imbalance will often get excellent results within a day. Someone with joint pain may not feel any difference for several weeks or more.
Herbs to aid in chronic and long-standing conditions are taken for a longer period of time. Milder and more nutritional Type herbs can be taken over a longer period. With herbs that are considered strictly medicinal a break of a few days should be taken after10 to 14 days of use.
- What about all the conflicting information I find on the internet about herbal remedies? I’m afraid to try anything!
The internet is the worst place to go to find natural medicine advice. Period. There is no regulation on people’s opinion and what can be published on the internet unless it is a scientific journal or medical publication. There is so much mis-information and poorly researched advice floating around that it makes it extremely difficult to make an informed decision about your health on your own. Seek out a qualified herbal medicine practitioner or naturopathic doctor who have been properly and extensively trained to help guide you in your health choices.
- When is the Best Time to Take Herbs?
Many people take herbs with water, 15 to 30 minutes before meals so the liquid won’t dilute their digestive enzymes. Herbs can also be taken with the meal itself, as you swallow your food. Others on a busy schedule take them first thing in the morning and last thing at night. (Some people who take their herbs after or between meals will experience burping.) Herbs for insomnia are usually taken at night. Appetite suppressants and blood sugar balancers are best taken as needed
- What is the difference between a single extract and a compound extract?
A single extract contains one herb. A compound extract contains more than one herb. Often 3-5 different herbs are part of a compound extract and they enhance each other’s beneficial properties.
- What about giving fresh herb extracts to children?
Not all herbs are appropriate for children. The mildest herbs are givenfirst. Mild does not mean ineffective, just work mildly with the body.
Children are usually much more responsive to mild therapies than are adults. The liquid extracts are probably the easiest form of herb to give to children. The drops are placed in a teaspoon, and enough extra drops of water are added to fill the dropper back up. The diluted herb can then be quickly placed in their mouth (especially if a big deal isn’t made of it). Or, they can be given the diluted drops from the spoon.
Dosages for children, very generally, is about 1 to 2 drops per year of age. After age 12, doses nearing that of the adult dosage can be given. Remember, most childhood problems should only be aided with the mildest herbs.
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