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Natural Weight Loss
Herbal Tips and Precautions
However they’re used, most herbs act gently and subtly.
The don’t give the kind of dramatic, immediate results we expect from prescription drugs.
Basically, herbs are balancers working with your body to help it heal and regulate itself.
They work better together than they do singly because the effect of one herb is usually supported and reinforced when combined with others.
While most herbs aren’t likely to be harmful, keep in mind “natural” isn’t a synonym for “safe.”
Like synthetic drugs, herbal preparations may be toxic, cause allergic reactions, or affect your response to other medications.
Common sense, care, and forethought are needed when using herbs for either food or medicine.
Here are some good guidelines for herbal self-care.
*Use herbal self-care for minor ailments only, not for serious or life-threatening conditions.
*Use only recommended amounts for recommended periods of time.
*Use the correct herb. Buy your herbal remedies from a reputable company. If you collect or grow herbs on your own, be absolutely positive in your identification.
*Use the correct part of the plant. For example, don’t substitute roots for leaves. When buying fresh herbs, check to be sure which part of the herb is needed for a remedy – the whole herb, flowers, fruit, leaves, stems, or roots.
*When using an herbal remedy for the first time, start with a small amount to test for possible allergic reactions.
*Don’t take certain herbs if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
*Don’t take herbal remedies if you’re nursing a baby.
*Don’t give medicinal amounts of herbs to children without first consulting with your health care provider.
Buying Herbal Remedies
When choosing herbal remedies, it’s important to select quality products from a reliable source.
How do you know whether a manufacturer or supplier is reliable?
Start by making a phone call to the manufacturer.
Ask how long the company’s been in business, if they’re following the GMP guidelines from the FDA, and how they determine the identity and potency of the herbs they sell.
Membership in trade groups like the American Herbal Products Association, while not a stamp of approval, does show the company’s recognition of industry standards.
The American Botanical Council gives regular updates on new science related to herbs.
We recommend purchasing herbs sold by reputable companies that have been in the herb business for at least 10 years.
If you wish to buy organically grown herbs, look for the “certified organic” label on the product.
More than half of U.S. states have certification programs for organic farms and products.
Federal standards are now implemented through a nationwide certification system under the USDA National Organic Program.
Finally, look for herbal products standardized to contain a specific percentage of active ingredients extracted from the specific herb part known to be effective.
Herbs can be a very beneficial part of your weight loss journey.
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