Integrated therapies involve the combination of traditional medicine with that of ancient plant medicine such as traditional Chinese medicine herbs and alternative treatments like acupuncture and cupping. Some herbal remedies available can have side effects and cause drug interactions with other pharmaceuticals, so they are not all right for everyone. While there are natural plant based medicines, caution must still be taken before ingesting any of them. Read on for more information on how to choose the right herbal medicines.
While it is unnecessary for everyone taking an herbal remedy to become as knowledgeable about herbs as a naturopath is, they should still take the time to educate themselves on any plant medicine they are considering. Sometimes, specific herbal combinations must be used for an ailment. In this case, each one should be looked at individually. For an example, let’s say a person is considering a natural sleep aid containing chamomile, kava kava, and valerian in it. If they have any liver disease then they can’t take it because kava kava can effect the liver. Instead, they can make their own night time combination by simmering valerian and chamomile flowers in some hot water to make a tea before bed. Some herbal remedies have no side effects to worry about. Some of these include:
- Raspberry leaves that are used for reducing cramping.
- Chamomile flowers that are used for calming the mind, soothing the stomach, and clearing acne.
- Rose hips that are used for gastric inflammation and supplementing Vitamin C.
Consult a Professional
If after researching herbal remedies you still have questions about dosage or drug interactions then it might be time to talk to a professional certified naturopathic doctor. They can give prescriptions out that can be filled by apothecaries, so you know you are getting the right herbal medicine. Physical ailments are not the only ones helped by plant medicine. Herbal remedies help with emotional ailments as well. Anyone suffering from depression and anxiety in need of something to lift their mood can ask their doctor about the use of St. John’s Wort and other calming herbs as replacements for pharmaceutical medications. It is important to consult a professional if you have any serious disease though. St. John’s Wort has a side effect of acting as a blood thinner. It can also make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.