Almost every supermarket now has an aisle with herbal remedies of some kind in it. While that should prove the likeliness of their safety, some people still have doubts, and rightfully so. There is a lot of misinformation circulating on the internet, and it can be difficult to tell what is true. It is important to always make decisions regarding your health care options based on knowledge and real facts. So, if you are considering the switch to holistic medicine, or other types of integrated therapy, at an alternative medical center, read on for more information about how to make the decision if holistic medicine could be right for you.
Just the Facts
A good center for holistic medicine will be open to giving you all of the facts regarding any kind of herbal supplement that they recommend you take. But, you should always go one step further, and research the facts yourself. Get statistics on its efficacy. Gather information on its possible cost. While the World Health Organization acknowledges the importance of herbal remedies, they have never given out a list of which herbal remedies work and which ones don’t. This leaves a lot of room for doubt. You also need to ask your naturopath other questions before you take the supplements that they recommend, such as:
- Are there any long-term side effects?
- Will this herb interact with my other medications?
- Are you being paid by a pharmaceutical sales company to recommend this supplement?
Choosing the Best Herbs
The market for herbal remedies is enormous, and the FDA does not monitor or regulate herbal supplements. Because of this, many people have had bad experiences with buying herbal remedies, which turned out to be a complete waste of money. A lot of herbs have very little of the supposed key ingredient in them, and they are instead composed of random filler materials that can lead to allergic reactions. So, the last thing that you need to consider is what company you will be purchasing these herbal supplements from. Don’t be afraid to call them to ask questions if you have any doubts.