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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    A , Pharmacy, answered

    Common side effects from Yocon include anxiety, dizziness, nausea, flushing and headaches. More serious side effects include:

    • agitation or irritability
    • high energy or restlessness
    • shaking
    • vomiting
    • changes in urination
    • sweating
    • increased heart rate
    • hallucination
    • serious headaches
    • panic attacks
    • any signs of serious allergic reaction, such as rashes, itchiness, labored breathing, chest pain or facial swelling

    If you are taking Yocon and experience these or any other severe side effects, seek medical help immediately.   

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    A , Reproductive Endocrinology, answered
    Yohimbine, a plant-based remedy, is extracted from the bark of the yohimbe tree. Studies of its effectiveness have been inconsistent, and healthcare providers don't recommend it as a first-line therapy for erectile dysfunction. However, it may be useful for men who are unable to take PDE5 inhibitors. Side effects include insomnia, increased heart rate and blood pressure, nervousness, irritability, and dizziness.
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    A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    The saffron herb is a native to the Mediterranean and western Asia, and it was used by the ancient civilizations of the region as a dye and to flavor food and wine. Spain is the main producer, and it is the most expensive spice in the world! It is important to buy from a reliable source and make sure if you do buy saffron at a market to smell it. Saffron has a very penetrating aroma, so smell before buying it. There are local markets that do sell this herb but be prepared to pay full price. If you pay a cheap price then this product may have other herbs added to it and the quality goes down. Make sure you buy dried stamens (known as filaments or threads) instead of grounded saffron since this is easily adulterated. The threads keep their flavor for 2-3 years if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. You can grind your own threads but remember that it may lose their aroma within hours of grinding.
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    One warning for Panax ginseng is the longer you take the supplement, the greater your risk for potentially dangerous side effects. Panax ginseng may cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, especially when combined with caffeine. Gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea and loss of appetite are also possible side effects.

    In women, breast pain, vaginal bleeding and menstrual problems have been reported with use of Panax ginseng. Doctors warn that you should not take the supplement if you're pregnant or breast-feeding. Panax ginseng might also worsen or interfere with the treatment of the following conditions:
    • Heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • Autoimmune conditions
    • Bleeding problems
    • Diabetes
    • Schizophrenia
    • Organ transplant
    • In women, hormone-sensitive conditions including endometriosis, uterine fibroids or cancer of the breast, uterus or ovary
    Panax ginseng can also interact with drugs and herbal supplements, possibly worsening side effects or causing potentially dangerous symptoms. Consult your doctor before taking Panax ginseng or any supplement.
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    Panax ginseng supplements should be stored where they'll stay cool and dry. As with any supplement, Panax ginseng supplements will break down if exposed to heat and moisture. Don't keep them in the medicine cabinet in your bathroom, where the humidity can reach more than 98%, or in a kitchen drawer near a hot oven.
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    MSM in this case doesn’t mean mainstream media. It stands for methylsulfonylmethane, which is a form of sulfur that’s found naturally in many foods. Although some people claim MSM supplements help osteoarthritis pain, we say BS (Bad Science). There have been no large, randomly controlled studies proving that it does in fact help relieve pain from osteoarthritis. Not to mention, no one knows the long-term effects of taking MSM. So at this point, stick with your anti-inflammatories, exercise, and any prescribed medications from your doc.

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    It may stink like rotten eggs, but sulfur is very important maintaining joint tissue and keeping it strong. Particularly cartilage.

    Perhaps this is why MSM - short for methylsulfonylmethane - may provide possible benefits in treating joint problems, including osteoarthritis, tendinitis and sports injuries, as well as inflammation reduction. Because sulfur is a large component of MSM.

    There are other products on the market, like glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin, that are taken as supplements or applied topically to stave off joint damage. Though its benefits have not yet been proven, you might consider adding MSM, either as a supplement or a topical gel, to your regimen.

    One thing you must remember. MSM is not like aspirin or ibuprofen - products used for acute pain. Though its supporters among the medical community and patients are hoping that MSM helps the body repair itself and maintain its systems better, if you wrench your back, reach for the Advil, not MSM.

    While MSM contains plenty of sulfur, at least one medical professional notes that, while sulfur is an essential mineral for the body, there are better ways to get it into your system than MSM. Think legumes, meat and dairy, nuts and, of course, eggs.

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    Panax ginseng is the Latin name for a plant that is also known as Asian ginseng, Chinese ginseng, Korean ginseng, Asiatic ginseng or simply ginseng. The root of the plant contains chemicals known as panaxosides, which are thought to have medicinal properties. The root is dried and is used to make Panax ginseng tablets, capsules, extracts, teas and topical creams (creams you put on your skin). Panax ginseng is sometimes called an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body cope with physical or emotional stress. Talk to your doctor before taking Panax ginseng in any form, or any other herbal supplement.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Suma extract is a vine root that grows in the South American rain forest and is used as a tonic to regulate many systems of the body. It is a traditional medicine that acts like your body’s buffer to outside stressors. It balances blood sugar levels to combat mood swings. Suma root contains 19 different amino acids, a large number of electrolytes, trace minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, E, and K, and pantothenic acid. Suma extract can be found online and in health food stores. Take 500 mg twice daily.
    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    Suma root is also known as Brazilian ginseng and is found in South America. Suma herbal root is used for many purposes but mainly as an adaptogen (helps the body deal with stress) and to increase energy, increase resistance to disease and boost overall functioning. Very little scientific evidence supports these claims but it does have a rich history of use dating back centuries. Beware, however, there have not been any evaluations or extensive formal testing conducted on the herb's toxicity, and it is speculated that it may induce estrogen-like effects in some people. Individuals who have estrogen-receptor positive (ER-positive) cancers should not use suma root. Women who are pregnant or nursing should also avoid using suma and any products which may contain it.