Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements
Herbal supplements are dietary supplements derived from nature. Herbal plants or parts of a plant are broken down and used for their scent, flavor and therapeutic benefits. When taken as a supplement, they can deliver strong benefits, however, herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and can have dangerous side effects. They act like drugs once in your system and can affect metabolism, circulation and excretion of other substances in your body. It is important to discuss with your doctor if you are on prescription medications, are breastfeeding or have chronic illnesses and want to add herbal supplements to your health regimen.

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    Herbs include flowering plants, shrubs, trees, moss, fern, algae, seaweed or fungus. In most cultures, including Western culture, herbs are used in medicine not only as a part of the treatment of disease, but also in the enhancement of life, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Plant parts, including flowers, fruits, leaves, twigs, bark, roots or seeds, are all considered usable. 
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    Bogbean supplements, taken as a tincture or extract, are made from the leaves of the bogbean plant. The herb is often used in processed foods to add flavor, and a tea can be made with the dried leaves.

    Although there isn't much research on the effect of bogbean leaves, they do contain an ingredient that may boost your appetite.

    The amount commonly used by food manufacturers is safe, but  high doses can upset the gastrointestinal tract and possibly cause bleeding.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Ellagic acid is a phytochemical found in pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, walnuts and pecans. It's been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Pomegranates are a wonderful source of ellagic acid. Mice fed pomegranate juice were found to have decreased blood vessel plaques and blockages. It also lowers blood pressure.
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    Since marijuana cannot be distributed through a conventional pharmacy, some patients grow their own or turn to a caregiver for supplies.

    Others go to dispensaries, which are legal in some places. These dispensaries, often known as cannabis clubs or cannabis co-ops,often have names that denote health or caregiving.

    The dispensaries often call themselves collectives and claim that the marijuana sold there was grown by its members, who also are patients.

    Critics claim that many dispensaries actually buy marijuana illegally and create the potential for abuse by people who do not need marijuana for medical reasons.

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    A , Naturopathic Medicine, answered
    Dr. Peter Bongiorno - What are fucus supplements?

    Fucus supplements are a type of seaweed that can improve thyroid function and boost energy. To learn more about the health benefits of fucus and other types of seaweed, watch this video featuring naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Peter Bongiorno.


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    Tea tree oil is the essential oil distilled from Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil has mostly been studied for its antiseptic, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. Some studies have reported benefits for skin conditions including methicillin resistant staph (MRSA), acne, and fungal infections. One small trial showed tea tree oil to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide for acne. Furthermore, dental studies show that it may inhibit organisms that are responsible for periodontal disease.

    It is important to use a standardized therapeutic essential oil to the antimicrobial compound terpinen-4-ol. Due to the fact that essential oils are more potent than herbs, only a small amount is needed and you should dilute it when applying for the first time to ascertain your skin’s response.
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    What are deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) supplements?

    Deglycyrrhizinated licorice supplements, or DGL, can be beneficial for heartburn, ulcers and gastritis symptoms; it is also helpful for fatigue. Watch integrative medicine expert Julie Chen, MD, discuss the benefits, warnings and dosages for DGL.

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    The herb Coleus forskohlii comes from India and is sometimes recommended to treat asthma. While there is some evidence that it might work, it cannot be given a wholehearted recommendation. As presently sold, the herb is more like a drug than an herb. Natural Coleus forskohlii contains small amounts of a potent substance called forskolin. However, manufacturers deliberately modify the herb to dramatically increase its forskolin content. Forskolin appears to be safe, but more studies need to be undertaken before it can be recommended for self-treatment.
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    For the homeopathic treatment of arthritis, guaiacum is suitable for people whose symptoms include rheumatic affections of the small joints, especially the wrists and fingers. These symptoms may be worse from warmth and better from cold applications.
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    Bladderwrack, also known as fucus vesiculous, grows in both the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is rich in nutrient and contains a fair amount of magnesium, potassium, and micronutrients. Micronutrients are often not found in many other foods we normally eat.

    One nutrient it contains is iodine. Iodine is an essential nutrient for the thyroid gland. Bladderwrack has been used in traditional natural medicine to help support the thyroid for years. This is considered helpful for those that have hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid. In truth, there needs to be studies to confirm this, but anecdotal reports suggest it can be effective.

    The best way to take this is in capsule form. Have your blood checked, and look for underactive symptoms to improve (symptoms like constipation, feeling cold, dry hair, raised cholesterol, and slow thinking) and your blood thyroid levels to normalize.

    Because bladderwrack is harvested in the ocean, you want make sure you check the labels to make sure it was harvested in clean water and is contaminant-free. People who have overstimulated thyroid conditions should not take bladderwrack.