Benefits and Risks of Herbal Medicines/Products
Herbal remedies can treat almost every health related condition including mental health conditions, health and fitness issues, weight management, heart and vascular system health problems, skin problems, digestive system health issues and many more. There are herbal products available to prevent and even to fight with cancer. Generally these herbal medicines are well tolerated by people and they are much cheaper than the modern medicines.
But this does not mean that herbal medicines are without risks. As some people believe that they are natural products so they are free of side effects and risks, it must be kept in mind that these remedies may interact with certain synthetic drugs that a person has been already taking. Another risk is that they may interfere with the drug levels in the body as a result they may potentiate or decrease the effects of certain drugs. For example herbs potentiate the effects of anticoagulants and simultaneous unsupervised use can lead to bleeding which can be fatal. Sometimes these products may be contaminated and may not give the results they were proven to give.
So if you choose to start any herbal medicine please consult your doctor first to discuss any possible drug interactions or expected risks before starting it, never take bigger dose than what is recommended and be extra cautious if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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